“GP3 Series: Zamparelli fastest on day one of Estoril test”

Dino Zamparelli and Alex Lynn headed the opening two-test GP3 Series test of the season at Estoril late last week.

The returning Zamparelli proved quickest with ART Grand Prix on Thursday, while Lynn – driving for Carlin in Red Bull colours – topped the sheets on Friday.

Zamparelli’s finest tour – a 1:29.145s – came in the morning. In cool conditions, Lynn shared the peak of the timesheets with Status GP racer Nick Yelloly, before a brief spill of rain curtailed quick tours for a time.

As the sun reappeared, so did Yelloly further quickening his pace; however the Englishman was then deposed by Arden’s Robert Visoiu. Richie Stanaway and Emil Bernstorff also threatened alongside Lynn, until Zamparelli set the quickest at the death.

There was little opportunity of improvement during Thursday afternoon, however, as heavy rain slowed times significantly, but not before Koiranen GPs Jimmy Eriksson set a reasonable pace in the Renault-powered Dallara GP3/13.

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