Very close gaps in Hockenheim’s first day of collective tests


The first day of collective tests at the Hockenheimring went on smoothly on a gorgeous and hot summer day, with temperatures reaching 30 C degrees before noon.

As announced, four teams (Team Motopark, Double R Racing , Van Almersfoort Racing and CryptoTower Racing Team) were presents, with a total of 11 Dallaras 320 taking the track.

Motopark [picture 3] fielded its confirmed drivers Cameron Das, Niklas Krütten and Manuel Maldonado, as did VAR with Alexandre Bardinon and the Estner siblings, Andreas and Sebastian, while Double R Racing tested various prospect drivers alongside confirmed Ayrton Simmons, and Crypto Tower RT was present with Rui Andrade, Yifei Ye [picture 2] and Lukas Dunner.

Jos Claes, who oversees the 320 project for Dallara, attended the test to provide input to the teams, although the car’s performance and reliability levels are already extremely high. Michelin provided technical support through one of its engineers.

Andreas Estner (VAR) [picture 1]signed the best lap time of the day, in the early and cooler hours of the day, with a 1.31.694 mark which compares very well with last year’s pole positions by the F317 (1.31.459 and 1.31.908), given today’s higher temperatures. Interestingly enough, the top nine cars were covered by one second, with all the 11 cars within a 1.398 second gap.

The test goes on tomorrow with another seven hours of track activity.