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F3.5 V8: Dillmann in charge during Thursday test

The Frenchman surpass his best time by two tenths of a second to remain untouchable in the afternoon, one of three fastest laps set during the three hour session.
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In what was a dominant display, Tom Dillmann stayed fastest fastest on day two of the Formula 3.5 V8 test from Motorland, Aragon, beating his leading time from the morning.

The Frenchman surpass his best time by two tenths of a second to remain untouchable in the afternoon, one of three fastest laps set during the three hour session. Dillmann left the track two times on his way to leading morning testing but was in much more consistent form when the lights signalled the start of afternoon running on Thursday.

It was Russian rookie Egor Orudzhev who came closest to dethroning the recent World Endurance Championship race winner but settled for second despite a last-minute flyer at Aragon.

Jake Hughes was the fastest rookie of the day with the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and ALPS alum third for Strakka Racing. The Briton beat out long-time team mate, close rival and compatriot Jack Aitken who was at the helm of the second Strakka model. Aitken is the reigning Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup champion and is expected to put his 500,000€ prize money to good use next year. The British-Korean racer has tested with Fortec Motorsports, Arden Motorsport and Strakka Racing since winning his title in Jerez this October.

Currently confirmed for the 2016 season, Alfonso Celis Jr was behind his stable mate for the day, concluding F3.5 V8 running in fifth overall half a second behind for the Spanish-based AVF. The Mexican led rookies Louis Deletraz and Kevin Jorg at the end of Thursday running.

2015 regular Aurelien Panis was eighth at the helm of his own Tech 1 Racing and is a favourite to join Celis Jr on next year's grid. Just two tenths separated Panis from the remaining top ten finishers of Daniel de Jong – the Dutchman returned from back surgery this week – and Pons Racing's Yu Kanamaru.

While all drivers set faster times in the afternoon, not all changed order. Most notably, Tech 1 Racing's Roy Nissany was 14th, Tatiana Calderon finished 16th fastest on her debut for Pons Racing and Guillaume Cunnington was seven seconds behind the leader in 18th place.

One day of F3.5 V8 testing at Motorland, Aragon remains. New teams RP Motorsport and Teo Martin Racing - replacing two-time champions DAMS Racing on the grid next year - are not expected to appear on track until 2016, pushing the driver line up to an impressive 24 drivers. After buying International Draco Racing a month ago, Spirit of Race has appeared at post-season testing with the likes of Matthieu Vaxiviere and Dan Wells at the helm.


by Katie Grimmett



Related Pictures

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Tom Dillmann - Photo credit: Gregory Lenormand / DPPI / Renault Sport Media
Damiano Fioravanti, RP Motorsport, [Credit: Formula V8 3.5 Media]
Diego Menchaca - Fortec Motorsport
Tom Dillmann - AVF [credit: FV8 3.5]
Tom Dillmann - AVF [credit: FV8 3.5]
Louis Deletraz - Fortec Motorsports [credit: FV8 3.5]
Louis Deletraz - Fortec Motorsports [credit: FV8 3.5]
Matevos Issakyan - SMP Racing [credi: FV8 Flickr]
Matevos Issakyan - SMP Racing [credi: FV8 Flickr]
Jack Aitken - RP Motorsport [credit: RP Motorsport]
Roy Nissany - Lotus [credit: FV8 Flickr]
Vitor Baptista - RP Motorsport
Matevos Isaakyan, SMP Racing [credit: Formula V8 3.5]
Rene Binder, Lotus - Photo credit: Formula V8 3.5/RPM Racing
Rene Binder, Lotus - Photo credit: Formula V8 3.5/RPM Racing
Rene Binder, Lotus - Photo credit: Formula V8 3.5/RPM Racing
Rene Binder, Lotus - Photo credit: Formula V8 3.5 series/RPM Racing
Rene Binder, Lotus - Photo credit: Formula V8 3.5

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