Boschung sets the pace on day two in Estoril

Jenzer Motorsport’s Ralph Boschung quickest in Portugal

Swiss rookie Ralph Boschung topped the timesheet on the second and final day of pre-season testing at Estoril. The Jenzer Motorsport driver posted a best laptime of 1: 27.789 in the morning session. Carlin’s Mitchell Gilbert was quickest in the afternoon.

Dry but breezy conditions greeted the GP3 paddock for the final day of testing in Portugal. ART Grand Prix’s Alfonso Celis Jr set the early pace before Gilbert claimed P1. It was a busy start to the morning test with the drivers making the most of the good weather.

Birthday boy Marvin Kirchhöfer (ART Grand Prix) was first to lap in the 1m27’s with a 1:27.969 and he sat pretty at the top of the timesheet until Boschung pipped the German by a tenth. Arden Motorsport’s Emil Bernstorff and Koiranen GP’s Jimmy Eriksson were third and fourth as the session approached the final hour. There was a short stoppage when Kevin Ceccon’s Arden Motorsport car stopped at turn one.

At the chequered flag

However, nobody was able to improve on Boschung’s best efforts and at the chequered flag the Jenzer Motorsport driver held on ahead of Kirchhöfer, Bernstorff, Eriksson, Antonio Fuoco, Gilbert, Luca Ghiotto, Jann Mardenborough, Esteban Ocon and Sandy Stuvik.

As the temperature increased and the sun shone down, the afternoon session commenced with the Carlin trio of Gilbert, Mardenborough and Fuoco leading the way, until Koiranen GP’s Matthew Parry rose to P3. Alex Fontana (Status Grand Prix) shot to second quickest at the midway point, six tenths off Gilbert’s best.

In the latter stages Ghiotto jumped up the order to P2 ahead of Ceccon, two tenths adrift of the Australian. Matheo Tuscher, Pal Varhaug and Boschung made their way into the top five in the final ten minutes with Ghiotto holding P3. Try as they may but the pack was unable to deny Gilbert of top spot in the afternoon session. Behind Gilbert at the chequered flag were Tuscher, Bernstorff, Ghiotto, Varhaug, Boschung, Ceccon, Fontana, Artur Janosz and Mardenborough.

The second pre-season test will run in Valencia, Spain on 09-10 April.

Estoril: Day 2

Morning Results

 
Driver
Team
Laptime
1.
Ralph Boschung
Jenzer Motorsport
1:27.789
2.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
1:27.967
3.
Emil Bernstorff
Arden International
1:28.049
4.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
1:28.050
5.
Antonio Fuoco
Carlin
1:28.268
6.
Mitchell Gilbert
Carlin
1:28.312
7.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:28.366
8.
Jann Mardenborough
Carlin
1:28.520
9.
Esteban Ocon
ART Grand Prix
1:28.546
10.
Sandy Stuvik
Status Grand Prix
1:28.594
11.
Matheo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:28.601
12.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:28.749
13.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:28.772
14.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
1:28.848
15.
Seb Morris
Status Grand Prix
1:28.941
16.
Alex Fontana
Status Grand Prix
1:29.015
17.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
ART Grand Prix
1:29.031
18.
Adderly Fong
Koiranen GP
1:29.052
19.
Oscar Tunjo
Trident
1:29.091
20.
Kevin Ceccon
Arden International
1:29.239
21.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:29.866
22.
Aleksander Bosak
Arden International
1:29.932
23
Zaid Ashkanani
Campos Racing
1:30.846

Afternoon Results

 
Driver
Team
Laptime
1.
Mitchell Gilbert
Carlin
1:28.517
2.
Matheo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:28.628
3.
Emil Bernstorff
Arden International
1:28.751
4.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:28.786
5.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
1:28.953
6.
Ralph Boschung
Jenzer Motorsport
1:28.962
7.
Kevin Ceccon
Arden International
1:29.120
8.
Alex Fontana
Status Grand Prix
1:29.126
9.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:29.406
10.
Jann Mardenborough
Carlin
1:29.611
11.
Oscar Tunjo
Trident
1:29.630
12.
Adderly Fong
Koiranen GP
1:29.682
13.
Seb Morris
Status Grand Prix
1:29.811
14.
Sandy Stuvik
Status Grand Prix
1:30.086
15.
Zaid Ashkanani
Campos Racing
1:30.257
16.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:30.450
17.
Aleksander Bosak
Arden International
1:30.749
18.
Esteban Ocon
ART Grand Prix
1:30.763
19.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:30.925
20.
Antonio Fuoco
Carlin
1:31.102
21.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
1:31.283
22.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
1:31.454
23
Alfonso Celis. Jr
ART Grand Prix
1:32.236

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Series GP3
Event Estoril March testing
Track Circuito Estoril
Drivers Pal Varhaug , Adderly Fong , Jimmy Eriksson , Alex Fontana , Oscar Tunjo , Emil Bernstorff , Kevin Ceccon , Jann Mardenborough , Matheo Tuscher , Seb Morris , Esteban Ocon , Marvin Kirchhofer , Sandy Stuvik , Antonio Fuoco , Matthew Parry , Luca Ghiotto , Alex Palou , Artur Janosz , Ralph Boschung , Zaid Ashkanani
Article type Testing report
Tags arden international, art grand prix, carlin, jenzer motorsport, koiranen gp