Young New Zealand driver Nick Cassidy again showed he was on the pace when GP3 testing wrapped up in Spain today.
Having produced the first and third-fastest times on the opening day yesterday, the 18-year-old Aucklander produced the fourth best time today under tricky conditions at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.
Cassidy put in 23 laps with his best being 1m 34.22s, just under half a second outside pace-setter Patric Niederhauser.
It was a frenetic opening hour with heavy rain expected and the 27 drivers trying to make the most of the dry conditions.
Cassidy, a double New Zealand Grand Prix champion and two-time winner of the Toyota Racing Series, had a hiccup when he clipped a barrier and was red-flagged.
His British team, Marussia Manor Racing, had two other drivers involved with Tio Ellinas finishing the morning session in third and Dino Zamparelli ninth.
When the heavens opened ion the afternoon only 17 drivers returned to action and Cassidy wasn’t amongst them. Zamparelli was the only driver Marussia Manor Racing sent out, finishing ninth with times expanding by more than 20 seconds across the field.
The final official pre-season test takes place at Silverstone in Britain on April 3-4 before the first round of the GP3 season starts at Barcelona in May.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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