DS Mathershaw youth driver - Belgian Thierry Xylander - has topped day one of the 2016 Formula Virtual young drivers test, but he was run close by Meteor's reserve driver Jamie Gerrard as just 0.089 separated the pair.
Xylander was primarily focusing on long runs for the team but was allowed two qualifying simulations, the second of which he used to set the fastest time of the day with a 1:09.322. Gerrard - who will be back in the car tomorrow - appeared to be primarily testing parts for the 2017 car, but his fastest lap came towards the start of the session when he ran the purely 2016 spec Meteor.
James Vasquez - who has just recently been signed to Ingram as a youth driver - was third fastest before he tries out the Holmqvist tomorrow in a deal agreed before his contract with Ingram was signed. Leo Brzyski was fourth for Franklin as he looks to recover from what was - by his own admissions - a poor 2016 in VWRS, ahead of 2017 FV rookie Finn Schnyder, who lapped his Westwood just over five tenths off the pace of Xylander and quicker than Yrjänä Vähäsöyrinki in the race-winning FUN, who was sixth.
Viktor Östberg - Lopez's new reserve driver - was seventh fastest ahead of new AMR recruit Ellenør Haugland, while Hunter Ryan impressed in the Ocelot with a time just four tenths away from Haugland in the AMR and under two seconds off of the overall pace, also lapping quicker than Max Meyer, who was being given his first taste of FV machinery in the Downton.
A notable absentee from the test was Klaas van Snelheid who will debut for Downton next year. The team commented: "We wanted to use this opportunity to give some bright stars of the future their first test in an FV car, and we also didn't want Klaas driving this utter pile of trash again."
Oleksandr Zozulya - who ran van Snelheid close to the 2016 FV2 title - was eleventh fastest but only narrowly ahead of Niklaus Hölzberg in the North Star, while Otso Toivonen rounded out the runners for Holmqvist.
The test concludes tomorrow with all but three teams changing their line-ups.