Formula Master Spanish testing

ROOKIES TOP THREE IN SPANISH TESTING

Formula Master rookies set the top three fastest times yesterday out of 30 drivers taking part for day one of the official two-day test in Valencia, Spain, with Jenzer Motorsport's Fabio Leimer claiming the best time of the day.

Setting his best lap of 1:27.536 during the morning session, the young Swiss made the most of the sunny and dry conditions. J.D. Motorsport's Sergey Afanasiev also capitalised on the warm weather and was close behind with a fastest time of 1:27.648.

"We were focusing on different race set-ups today and even carried out a mini-race," said Russian Afanasiev who was ahead of third-placed Iris Project driver Michael Ammermüller. "It was a lot of fun, especially when you think that the first race of the season is so close now.

"The track changes all the time so it's good to work on various set-ups throughout the day to see how they work with the circuit. There was a significant difference between early morning and just before lunchtime for example. We also worked on qualifying set-ups a little bit but there'll be more of that tomorrow."

A hotter track surface in the afternoon session meant that the day's top times could not be improved on. Local driver Arturo Llobell set the fastest lap with a time of 1:28.121 and said:

"We worked a lot on with old and new tyres and both went really well but we still want to polish a few things tomorrow before the race weekend starts. We're happy though, at the moment we are able to be fast over one lap but also consistent over several. For me, it's just nice to be here, Valencia is my home track and I can't wait to race."

ADM Motorsport's Norbert Siedler was second in the afternoon session with a best time of 1:28.137 whilst Kasper Andersen, driving for Trident Racing, was third with his fastest lap of 1:28.173.

Formula Master's official test in Valencia concludes tomorrow before the Series' first race weekend gets underway with qualifying on Friday (16 May 2008).

Formula Master - Valencia official testing

Day One: morning - top eight

1. Fabio Leimer (SUI), Jenzer Motorsport, 1:27.536

2. Sergey Afanasiev (RUS), JD Motorsport, 1:27.648

3. Michael Ammermüller (GER), Iris Project, 1:27.651

4. Chris van der Drift (NED), JD Motorsport, 1:27.712

5. Arturo Llobell (ESP), Cram Competition, 1:27.830

6. Vladimir Arabadzhiev (BUL), JD Motorsport, 1:27.967

7. Marcello Puglisi (ITA), Pro Motorsport, 1:28.108

8. Yuhi Sekiguchi (JAP), Euronova Racing, 1:28.128

Formula Master - Valencia official testing

Day One: afternoon - top eight

1. Arturo Llobell (ESP), Cram Competition, 1:28.121

2. Norbert Siedler (AUT), ADM Motorsport, 1:28.137

3. Kasper Andersen (DEN), Trident Racing, 1:28.173

4. Pablo Sanchez Lopez (MEX), Cram Competition, 1:28.189

5. Michael Ammermüller (GER), Iris Project, 1:28.240

6. Luca Persiani (ITA), Scuderia Famà, 1:28.299

7. Chris van der Drift (NED), JD Motorsport, 1:28.314

8. Sergey Afanasiev (RUS), JD Motorsport, 1:28.564

Formula Master - Valencia official testing

Day One: overall

1. Fabio Leimer (SUI), Jenzer Motorsport, 1:27.536

2. Sergey Afanasiev (RUS), JD Motorsport, 1:27.648

3. Michael Ammermüller (GER), Iris Project, 1:27.651

4. Chris van der Drift (NED), JD Motorsport, 1:27.712

5. Arturo Llobell (ESP), Cram Competition, 1:27.830

6. Vladimir Arabadzhiev (BUL), JD Motorsport, 1:27.967

7. Marcello Puglisi (ITA), Pro Motorsport, 1:28.108

8. Yuhi Sekiguchi (JAP), Euronova Racing, 1:28.128

9. Norbert Siedler (AUT), ADM Motorsport, 1:28.137

10. Pablo Sanchez Lopez (MEX), Cram Competition, 1:28.159

11. Kasper Andersen (DEN), Trident Racing, 1:28.173

12. Carlos Iaconelli (BRA), Pro Motorsport, 1:28.261

13. Luca Persiani (ITA), Scuderia Famà, 1:28.299

14. Alberto Costa (ITA), Cram Competition, 1:28.611

15. Daniel Mancinelli (ITA), Euronova Racing, 1:28.624

16. Josef Kral (CZH), Team JVA, 1:28.664

17. Filip Salaquarda (CZH), ISR, 1:28.702

18. Alejandro Nunez (ESP), Trident Racing, 1:28.796

19. Dominik Schraml (GER), Scuderia Famà, 1:29.002

20. Frankie Provenzano (ITA), ADM Motorsport, 1:29.014

21. Fabrizio Crestani (ITA), Euronova Racing, 1:29.050

22. Harald Schlegelmilch (LAT), Trident Racing, 1:29.238

23. Giuseppe Terranova (ITA), Pro Motorsport, 1:29.281

24. Michael Meadows (GBR), Euronova Racing, 1:29.309

25. Michele Caliendo (ITA), ADM Motorsport, 1:29.434

26. Matei Mihaescu (ROM), Jenzer Motorsport, 1:29.720

27. Tor Graves (GBR), Team JVA, 1:29.814

28. Octavio Freitas (BRA), ADM Motorsport, 1:30.467

29. Tim Sandtler (GER), ISR, 1:30.566

30. Tomas Pivoda (CZH), ADM Motorsport, 1:31.378