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Ben Barnicoat led a Carlin 1-2 on the first morning of Formula 3.5 V8 testing from Motorland, Aragon, surpassing team mate Dean Stoneman by one tenth-of-a-second.
Barnicoat - one of several Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup alumni on track - was the long-time leader during his first outing in the 3.5 litre machines. One of his 2015's rivals Kevin Jorg was third for Lotus with Formula Renault 2.0 NEC champion Louis Deletraz a competitive fourth for the defending champions, Fortec Motorsports.
Matevos Isaakyan, fresh from his solid performance in the first week of testing last month, was fifth one place higher than Red Bull junior Callum Ilott in the Strakka Racing model. The Briton was one of ten rookies invited by F3.5 V8 promoters RPM to enjoy the three day testing event. In what was close session, Jake Hughes was seventh in the second Strakka challenger and just one tenth behind Ilott.
Matthieu Vaxiviere is by the far the most experienced driver on the grid and kept his new association with AF Corse going to test for new team Spirit of Race. The Italian-owned Swiss-based team replaced International Draco Racing on the grid. The French driver, runner-up in 2015, was eighth with a constantly improving Yu Kanamaru ninth for Pons Racing. Two-time race winner Egor Orduzhev was tenth for Arden Motorsport, just one second behind the leader Barnicoat.
Asian Formula Renault champion Dan Wells was invited to test as a prize for his title win. The Briton finished 13th on his début, just in front of 2016's only confirmed driver, Alfonso Celis Jr in the AVF.
Tom Dillmann, Vladimir Atoev and Nikita Zloblin did not contest morning running but will each return to the helm of the 3.5 litre cockpit for the afternoon.