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Portugal’s António Félix da Costa led the way as GP3 testing moved from Estoril to Jerez on Wednesday. After the action started in the morning, the MW Arden man finished ahead of leading British driver Alexander Sims for ART Grand Prix as Switzerland’s Nico Müller completed the top three for Jenzer Motorsport.
This weekend’s gathering in Spain is the second post-season collective test session for GP3, with events set to come to a close on Friday evening. A selection of drivers joined the field – one being Arthur Pic, brother of GP2 race winner Charles, at Status Grand Prix and another Eddie Cheever, son of the more familiar former Formula 1 and IndyCar driver of the same name.
Setting the pace early on, Félix da Costa was untouchable for the remainder of the morning session before lunch, with Sims being his closest challenger for lap time despite having only just returned to a GP3 cockpit for the first time since the pre-season Paul Ricard test of March.
In the afternoon period, Indonesian series regular Rio Haryanto moved atop the listings for Manor, joined by Sims and Simon Trummer in the leading trio. Halfway through and Sims was now on top before Félix da Costa retook the initiative, despite being rooted to the pit lane for much of the afternoon due to mechanical issues.
Behind Félix da Costa, Sims and Müller, the top five was rounded out by James Calado and Michael Christensen, with the results confirming three ART cars in the leading quintet. In sixth was Albert Costa for Tech 1, at home in Spain.
Day 2 of 3 in the Jerez test begins at 9 am local time on Thursday (BST +1)
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