The Carlin runner registered a best lap of 1:39.542 on the revised “300” circuit, giving him a 0.348 advantage over teammate Rupert Svendsen-Cook.
Both Nasr and Svendsen-Cook were the only drivers to break the 100 second barrier during the day, with Fortec’s William Buller finishing the day 3rd, only a few hundredths long of the 1 minute 40 second mark.
Double R’s Pipo Derani displayed his intent with a best of 1:40.096, giving him 4th on the timesheets; several thousandths ahead of Formula 3 veteran Hywel Lloyd (Sino Vision).
Kevin Magnussen took 6th by the end of the day. The Dane has had something of a difficult start to season – he will be hoping for some solid results from Norfolk this weekend.
As will Pietro Fantin. The Hitech pilot headed a small group – including Carlos Huertas (8th, Carlin), Harry Tincknell (9th, Fortec) and Scott Pye (10th, Double R) – split by less than one-tenth of a second.
Bart Hylkema was once again the quicker of the Rookie Class duo. The T-Sport driver had some help when his sole rival, Kotaru Sakurai, crashed during the afternoon session.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time 1. Felipe Nasr Carlin-Volkswagen 1:39.542 3. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin-Volkswagen 1:39.890 12. William Buller Fortec-Mercedes 1:40.043 8. Pipo Derani Double R-Mercedes 1:40.096 10. Hywel Lloyd Sino Vision-Mercedes 1:40.110 2. Kevin Magnussen Carlin-Volkswagen 1:40.149 7. Pietro Fantin Hitech-Volkswagen 1:40.166 5. Carlos Huertas Carlin-Volkswagen 1:40.202 9. Harry Tincknell Fortec-Mercedes 1:40.252 13. Scott Pye Double R-Mercedes 1:40.254 14. Lucas Foresti Fortec-Mercedes 1:40.299 11. Menasheh Idafar T-Sport-Volkswagen 1:40.416 4. Riki Christodoulou Hitech-Volkswagen 1:40.497 17. Fahmi Ilyas Fortec-Mercedes 1:40.542 16. Jack Harvey Carlin-Volkswagen 1:40.765 6. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin-Volkswagen 1:40.842 15. Yann Cunha T-Sport-Volkswagen 1:41.412 18. Adderly Fong Sino Vision-Mercedes 1:42.442 19. Bart Hylkema T-Sport-Mugen Honda 1:42.468 20. Kotaru Sakurai Hitech-Volkswagen 1:44.141