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Jake Hughes topped the testing timesheets to go fastest with Carlin on day one of the Formula 3.5 V8 post-season private test from the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona in Spain.
Although Hughes, a Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and ALPS veteran, is a rookie to testing, he secured a one tenth-of-a-second advantage over second-placed Tom Dillmann to lead the overall timings. French racer Dillmann is already announced for Spanish team AVF after a series of consistent performances in the 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 season.
A breakout star from 2015, Egor Orudzhev was third for Arden Motorsport, half a second down on the one lap pace of Hughes over the Barcelona track. The Russian is expected to stay with the Christian Horner-owned outfit for a second consecutive season. Just three one hundredths behind sat the famous surname of Pietro Fittipaldi who greeted the chequered flag fourth fastest in the second Carlin challenger.
Former Tech 1 Racing regular Roy Nissany led the testing Lotus pairing; the Israeli's best time one tenth faster than Swiss up-and-comer Kevin Jorg. Meanwhile, Dillmann's confirmed AVF team mate and new Force India recruit Alfonso Celis Jr was eighth with Markus Pommer ninth and Vladimir Atoev returning to the cockpit of the new Spirit of Race model for tenth.
Fastest in the morning, confirmed 2016 Fortec signing and reigning Formula Renault 2.0 NEC champion Louis Deletraz was unable to improve in the afternoon session and settled for 11th.
Further down the grid, it was a big day for Matevos Isaakyan who announced his 2016 GP3 campaign, thus the Russian did not compete in the afternoon. Isaakyan could still chose to compete in F3.5 V8 alongside his current GP3 commitments.