Tio Ellinas set the pace on the first day of GP3 testing at Jerez on Thursday for Manor Racing.
The Cypriot, a frontrunner in Formula Renault UK this year, topped the morning session in 1m34.748, a time set just an hour into the session. Despite a number of rivals improving their pace as the morning wore on, his time was still good enough to be 0.05sec clear of MW Arden driver David Fumanelli.
Fumanelli turned the tide in the afternoon, lapping nearly 0.5sec up on Ellinas, but with the times in the later session significantly slower, the latter was still the quickest overall on the opening day.
Matias Laine confirmed that his Barcelona test pace last week was no fluke with third fastest for Manor, while Maxim Zimin and Alex Fontana completed the top five for MW Arden and Tech 1. Robert Visiou was sixth for Jenzer, ahead of Carlin's Tom Blomqvist and ART's Daniel Abt, the pacesetter at Barcelona.
Tamas Pal Kiss and Conor Daly completed the top 10 for Atech CRS and ART, respectively.
Day One times:
Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1. Tio Ellinas Manor 1m34.748s
2. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1m34.798s + 0.050s
3. Matias Laine Manor 1m34.819s + 0.071s
4. Maxim Zimin MW Arden 1m34.937s + 0.189s
5. Alex Fontana Tech 1 1m34.988s + 0.240s
6. Robert Visoiu Jenzer 1m35.015s + 0.267s
7. Tom Blomqvist Carlin 1m35.039s + 0.291s
8. Daniel Abt ART 1m35.058s + 0.310s
9. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS 1m35.059s + 0.311s
10. Conor Daly ART 1m35.146s + 0.398s
11. Michael Heche Jenzer 1m35.222s + 0.474s
12. Nigel Melker Trident 1m35.267s + 0.519s
13. Michael Christensen RSC Mucke 1m35.344s + 0.596s
14. Gabby Chaves Tech 1 1m35.374s + 0.626s
15. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer 1m35.424s + 0.676s
16. Marlon Stockinger Status 1m35.477s + 0.729s
17. Pascal Wehrlein RSC Mucke 1m35.669s + 0.921s
18. Brandon Maisano MW Arden 1m36.090s + 1.342s
19. Kotaro Sakurai Status 1m36.307s + 1.559s
20. Stephan Richelmi Trident 1m36.366s + 1.618s
21. Dmitry Suranovich Manor 1m36.372s + 1.624s
22. Jim Pla Carlin 1m36.405s + 1.657s
23. Kristian Lindbom Tech 1 1m36.438s + 1.690s
24. Facu Regalia ART 1m36.838s + 2.090s
25. Fabio Gamberini Status 1m37.239s + 2.491s
26. Michela Cerruti Trident 1m38.509s + 3.761s
27. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS 1m39.101s + 4.353s