Martins leads the Abu Dhabi post-season F2 test for ART

The reigning F3 champion set a 1m35.908s lap of the Yas Marina Circuit in Friday’s morning session, the fastest of all three days of testing.

He took the lead from Virtuosi driver Jack Doohan, who finished sixth in F2 this season, and runner-up Theo Pourchaire.

Day 1

Richard Verschoor took the lead on the opening day of testing, beating the Prema duo of Frederik Vesti and Ollie Bearman in 1m36.395s.

Dennis Hauger, who has moved to reigning champions MP Motorsport for the 2023 season, set an early benchmark, leading the morning run with 1m36.821s.

Jack Doohan ended the morning session in second for Virtuosi, while Verschoor finished third for Van Amersfoort Racing.

Richard Verschoor, Van Amersfoort Career

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The first half of the day saw three red flags in the opening 90 minutes, with Enzo Fittipaldi (Carlin) and Campos’ Kush Maini stopping on track.

Brad Benavides, who was testing for Charouz, then hit the wall and was unable to continue running in that session.

As the temperature dropped in the afternoon, Verschoor stole his time, with Hauger finishing fourth overall.

Roman Stanek brought out an early red flag in his Trident-run car after stopping on track, while another stoppage came after Hitech F3 graduate Jak Crawford hit the barriers at Turn 2.

Day 2

Doohan was fastest on the second day of running, with the 2022 sixth-place finisher clocking 1m35.990s in the morning session to top the timesheet.

Jack Doohan, Virtuosi

Jack Doohan, Virtuosi

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His best lap was faster than the pole lap set by Ayumu Iwasa in the final race weekend of the season, a 1m36.290s.

Jehan Daruvala finished the day second, testing for MP Motorsport, with Iwasa in third.

Enzo Fittipaldi set an early benchmark, breaking the 1m36s barrier to lead fellow Carlin runner Zane Maloney.

Daruvala was then fastest, before Doohan set his fastest lap.

The afternoon session was devoted to long-term speed, with Vesti setting the fastest time, a 1m36.462s, ahead of Iwasa and Bearman.

The only stop came after contact between Doohan and Maini at Turn 9.

3rd day

Martins led the way on the final day of testing, setting a 1m35.908s in the morning session to top the timesheets over all three days.

The 2022 Formula 3 champion, testing for ART, led from Doohan and Pourchaire by less than 0.1s.

The only stoppage of the morning was caused by Bearman, who blocked the Turn 3 barriers.

Maini led the afternoon’s running from Rafael Villagomez (VAR) and Trident’s Clement Novalak, with 1m36.875s the fastest time of the session.

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