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Goschung 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.
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
Laps
1.
Ralph Boschung
Jenzer Motorsport
1:27.789
36
2.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
1:27.967
36
3.
Emil Bernstorff
Arden International
1:28.049
39
4.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
1:28.050
25
5.
Antonio Fuoco
Carlin
1:28.268
36
6.
Mitchell Gilbert
Carlin
1:28.312
35
7.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:28.366
38
8.
Jann Mardenborough
Carlin
1:28.520
37
9.
Esteban Ocon
ART Grand Prix
1:28.546
33
10.
Sandy Stuvik
Status Grand Prix
1:28.594
37
11.
Matheo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:28.601
39
12.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:28.749
37
13.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:28.772
33
14.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
1:28.848
30
15.
Seb Morris
Status Grand Prix
1:28.941
31
16.
Alex Fontana
Status Grand Prix
1:29.015
19
17.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
ART Grand Prix
1:29.031
35
18.
Adderly Fong
Koiranen GP
1:29.052
33
19.
Oscar Tunjo
Trident
1:29.091
29
20.
Kevin Ceccon
Arden International
1:29.239
34
21.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:29.866
29
22.
Aleksander Bosak
Arden International
1:29.932
24
23
Zaid Ashkanani
Campos Racing
1:30.846
27