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GP3 testing: Boccolacci halts ART's run of top times for Trident

Dorian Boccalacci, Trident, Barcelona GP3 test 2017

The currently un-signed Dorian Boccolacci set the fastest time on the second and final day of the second GP3 pre-season test at Barcelona for the Trident team.

Boccolacci's best lap of 1m32.896s was set just over an hour into the day's morning session, which took place in bright and mild conditions - in contrast to the cold and wet weather that opened the test on Wednesday.

The fine weather meant the teams used the morning running to simulate qualifying conditions and several drivers - including Boccolacci, Arjun Maini, Niko Kari - enjoyed spells at the top of the timesheets during a frenetic opening hour.

Boccolacci finished second in the Formula Renault Eurocup and third in the NEC series last year after stepping back down following a 2015 European Formula 3 campaign with Signature.

The 18-year-old Frenchman had already tested with the DAMS and Arden GP3 teams in late-2016, and though he has not yet sealed a deal with Trident, he has driven for it at every '17 test so far.

Thursday's result was the first time any team other than ART Grand Prix had been fastest on a GP3 test day in 2017, but the champion squad was second with Nirei Fukuzumi - the Wednesday pacesetter 0.012 seconds behind Boccolacci.

Nirei Fukuzumi, ART, GP3 testing

Fukuzumi's ART team-mates Jack Aitken and Mercedes Formula 1 junior driver George Russell were third and fourth, and no driver improved their times in the afternoon as they concentrated on long run practice after the lunchbreak.

Red Bull junior Kari finished fifth for Arden, ahead of Campos Racing's Raoul Hyman and Boccolacci's Trident team-mate Kevin Jorg.

Marcos Siebert - the 2016 Italian Formula 4 champion who is testing for Campos but is also yet to be confirmed as taking part in the '17 GP3 season - was eighth fastest, with Santino Ferrucci and Maini completing the top 10.

After only one red flag came out in the morning - so Steijn Schothorst's Arden car could be recovered after he stopped at Turn 5 just after the halfway point of the three-hour session - the afternoon was twice briefly brought to a halt.

Ryan Tveter stopped at Turn 2 one hour after lunch and 30 minutes later Tatiana Calderon and Hyman ground to a halt at Turn 9 and Turn 6.

The third GP3 pre-season test will take place at Valencia on 25-26 April, with the season getting under way on 13-14 May on the support bill for the Spanish Grand Prix.

MORNING TIMES:

PosDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
1Dorian BoccolacciTrident1m32.896s-45
2Nirei FukuzumiART Grand Prix1m32.908s0.012s41
3Jack AitkenART Grand Prix1m32.915s0.019s46
4George RussellART Grand Prix1m32.944s0.048s57
5Niko KariArden International1m33.303s0.407s47
6Raoul HymanCampos Racing1m33.374s0.478s44
7Kevin JorgTrident1m33.437s0.541s45
8Marcos SiebertCampos Racing1m33.445s0.549s36
9Santino FerrucciDAMS1m33.451s0.555s41
10Arjun MainiJenzer Motorsport1m33.534s0.638s36
11Leonardo PulciniArden International1m33.593s0.697s41
12Anthoine HubertART Grand Prix1m33.640s0.744s43
13Tatiana CalderonDAMS1m33.702s0.806s35
14Bruno BaptistaDAMS1m33.849s0.953s40
15Alessio LorandiJenzer Motorsport1m33.873s0.977s40
16Ryan TveterTrident1m33.973s1.077s42
17Julien FalcheroCampos Racing1m34.009s1.113s34
18Steijn SchothorstArden International1m34.141s1.245s44
19Giuliano AlesiTrident1m34.234s1.338s41

AFTERNOON TIMES:

PosDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
1Dorian BoccolacciTrident1m34.022s-43
2Alessio LorandiJenzer Motorsport1m35.425s1.403s41
3Tatiana CalderonDAMS1m35.624s1.602s34
4Raoul HymanCampos Racing1m35.716s1.694s37
5Santino FerrucciDAMS1m35.963s1.941s47
6Julien FalcheroCampos Racing1m36.281s2.259s39
7Arjun MainiJenzer Motorsport1m36.358s2.336s35
8Marcos SiebertCampos Racing1m36.374s2.352s40
9Ryan TveterTrident1m36.430s2.408s41
10Niko KariArden International1m36.928s2.906s54
11Leonardo PulciniArden International1m36.987s2.965s35
12Steijn SchothorstArden International1m37.147s3.125s51
13Giuliano AlesiTrident1m37.160s3.138s44
14George RussellART Grand Prix1m37.546s3.524s53
15Kevin JorgTrident1m37.600s3.578s46
16Anthoine HubertART Grand Prix1m37.713s3.691s53
17Nirei FukuzumiART Grand Prix1m37.732s3.710s54
18Jack AitkenART Grand Prix1m37.753s3.731s48
19Bruno BaptistaDAMS1m37.809s3.787s44


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