GP3

Dean Stoneman (Koiranen GP)

STONEMAN QUICKEST ON DAY 1 OF POST SEASON TESTING—

The 2013 GP3 race season may be over but the action resumed in Abu Dhabi with three days of post-season testing. Dean Stoneman who stormed to a podium in Sunday’s Race 2 at the Yas Marina Circuit led the way in both the morning and afternoon sessions with a best laptime of 1:55.829
 
Carlin’s Jan Mardenborough was first onto the track in the morning session which saw a full line-up of 27 cars taking part in the test. The British driver lapped in the 1m57’s with Adderly Fong (Koiranen GP) topping the timesheets early on. There was a short delay covered by the red flags when David Fumanelli made light contact with the barrier at Turn 8 in the Jenzer Motorsport car.
 
As the clock ticked down and the session continued, the times tumbled and it was Stoneman who shot to P1 and headed into the 1m56’s bracket. Dino Zamparelli testing for the MW Arden outfit was a few tenths off the Koiranen GP driver, with Alex Fontana in the ART Grand Prix machine third.
 
GP3 Series welcomed RUSSIAN TIME to the tests – the team who’ve replaced Bamboo Engineering and they had experience at the helm in the form of Sam Bird who was on hand for some development tests. The Brit was consistent and in the top four with Kevin Korjus (Status Grand Prix) just behind.
 
At the chequered flag, it was Stoneman, Patric Niederhauser, Zamparelli, Bird and Korjus. Jan Mardenborough was the highest placed rookie in sixth place, ahead of Melville McKee, Alex Fontana, Roman de Beer and Emil Bernstorff.
 
Following GP2’s turn on track, GP3 resumed to track activity for the afternoon session. The red flags were waved for a stoppage on track with Kevin Joerg’s stricken car. ART Grand Prix’s Pierre Gasly shot to the top of the timings, first to break into the 1m55’s and remained on top for an hour until Marussia Manor Racing’s Oliver Rowland lapped a few hundredths quicker to steal P1. As the test drew to a close, fastest man from this morning Stoneman was back on it…and clocked the best time of the day to end the day on top.
 
With a few clouds appearing and light wind, the temperatures were slightly cooler as the session continued. At the chequered flag it finished as Stoneman, Gasly (fastest rookie), Rowland, Bird, Korjus, Fontana, Marvin Kirchhofer, Mardenborough, de Beer and Nick Cassidy.
 
Day 2 of testing for GP3 will run with the same schedule as today with the morning test at 09.00 – 11.30 and the afternoon 15.00 – 17.30 (local times).
Day 1 Test – Morning Session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
1:56.278
18
2.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:56.584
19
3.
Dino Zamparelli
MW Arden
1:56.649
18
4.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:56.711
16
5.
Kevin Korjus
Status Grand Prix
1:56.837
16
6.
Jan Mardenborough
Carlin
1:56.858
22
7.
Melville McKee
Marussia Manor Racing
1:56.921
25
8.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
1:56.927
20
9.
Roman de Beer
Trident
1:56.986
27
10.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
1:57.067
24
11.
Pierre Gasly
ART Grand Prix
1:57.198
19
12.
Marvin Kirchhofer
MW Arden
1:57.211
20
13.
Oliver Rowland
Marussia Manor Racing
1:57.430
12
14.
Edward Jones
MW Arden
1:57.511
16
15.
Jimmy Eriksson
RUSSIAN TIME
1:57.635
8
16.
Adderly Fong
Koiranen GP
1:57.665
20
17.
Emanuele Zonzini
ART Grand Prix
1:57.670
19
18.
David Fumanelli
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.881
15
19.
Jordan King
Status Grand Prix
1:57.883
5
20.
Nick Cassidy
Status Grand Prix
1:58.023
19
21.
Nicholas Latifi
Carlin
1:58.349
21
22.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
1:58.701
21
23.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:58.771
26
24.
Kevin Joerg
Jenzer Motorsport
1:59.080
26
25.
Ivan Taranov
Trident
1:59.225
27
26.
Juan Branger
Trident
2.02.334
20
27.
Kuba Dalewski
RUSSIAN TIME
2:03.730
6
Day 1 Test – Afternoon Session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
1:55.829
25
2.
Pierre Gasly
ART Grand Prix
1:55.940
29
3.
Oliver Rowland
Marussia Manor Racing
1:55.967
17
4.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:56.028
27
5.
Kevin Korjus
Status Grand Prix
1:56.419
24
6.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
1:56.432
25
7.
Marvin Kirchhofer
MW Arden
1:56.468
26
8.
Jan Mardenborough
Carlin
1:56.469
33
9.
Roman de Beer
Trident
1:56.549
23
10.
Nick Cassidy
Status Grand Prix
1:56..603
16
11.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:56.614
24
12.
Dino Zamparelli
MW Arden
1:56.628
25
13.
Adderly Fong
Koiranen GP
1:56.653
25
14.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
1:56.678
33
15.
Edward Jones
MW Arden
1:56.845
23
16.
Jimmy Eriksson
RUSSIAN TIME
1:56.904
28
17.
Emanuele Zonzini
ART Grand Prix
1:57.019
29
18.
Melville McKee
Marussia Manor Racing
1:57.247
23
19.
David Fumanelli
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.269
20
20.
Jordan King
Status Grand Prix
1:57.274
26
21.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
1:57.295
22
22.
Nicholas Latifi
Carlin
1:57.381
30
23.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:57.675
25
24.
Ivan Taranov
Trident
1:57.978
30
25.
Juan Branger
Trident
1:58.652
34
26.
Kevin Joerg
Jenzer Motorsport
1:58.798
14
27.
Kuba Dalewski
RUSSIAN TIME
1:59.116
30

FIA ERC

Peugeot Rally Academy

FIA ERC – RALLYE DU VALAIS (NOVEMBER 7-9): PEUGEOT RALLY ACADEMY – LOOKING TO END 2013 ON A HIGH NOTE—

image The Peugeot Rally Academy will field its full squad for the 54th Rallye International du Valais, the final round of the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship. Peugeot 207 S2000s have been entered for Craig Breen and Jérémi Ancian, while Stéphane Lefebvre will drive a Peugeot 208 R2. The Peugeot 207 S2000 of Grégoire Hotz will benefit from the backing of Peugeot Switzerland.

 

Craig Breen targeting victory

 

With a score of four podium finishes from the seven ERC rounds he has contested to date, Craig Breen would love to wrap up his first complete European campaign with a win that would earn him the year’s runner-up honours. However, with Lara Vanneste sitting alongside in his SaintéLoc Racing-prepared 207 S2000 once more, the Irishman will be a newcomer to the stages which are set to the majestic backdrop of the Swiss Alps. image

 

Craig Breen : «I don’t have good memories of Poland or Sanremo, so my aim is obviously to end the year on a high note. The stages seem to suit the Peugeot 207 S2000 which won the Rallye du Valais in 2011 and 2012, as well as several other times when the event counted towards the IRC. We will have a test session in the region on Wednesday morning to optimise our set-up and we absolutely need to make the most of this opportunity to notch up a top finish.» image

 

Jérémi Ancian looking for a strong result

 

Jérémi Ancian, 29, will be taking part in the sixth of the six ERC outings that were his prize from Peugeot Sport for winning the 2012 Volant Peugeot 207. The Frenchman will be out to conclude his first season of international competition with a strong result, but the event is entirely new for him, too. That said, the stages bear a similarity with those of France’s Rallye du Mont-Blanc which he knows well. image

 

Jérémi Ancian : «I really want to end my learning year in topflight competition with a good finish in the Peugeot Rally Academy’s207 S2000. For me, it will be important to bounce back after my retirement in Italy [engine].» image

 

Stéphane Lefebvre’s busy programme continues

 

After contesting the Rallye de France-Alsace (1st in Group R2), the Rallye d’Antibes and the Rallye du Condroz in less than a month, Stéphane Lefebvre, 21, will bring his European programme to a close in Switzerland where he will be out to put his retirement on last weekend’s Condroz behind him. The Belgian event was the last round of the Peugeot 208 Rally Cup and failure to finish spelled the end of Stéphane’s title hopes. In the ERC, however, he has already finished two times on the two-wheel drive podium this season (second on the Rally Liepaja-Ventspils and SATA Rallye Acores). image

 

In Switzerland, Stéphane and his Peugeot 208 R2 will face plenty of opposition in the two-wheel drive class which has attracted no fewer than 50 entries, including the event’s two-time class winner Laurent Reuche (Renault). In the 1600cc two-wheel drive class alone, 19 crews are expected to line up for the start in Sion, including Junior World Championship runner Michael Burri (Ford) and the 2012 Junior Swiss Champion Thomas Joris (Renault). image

 

Peugeot Switzerland also very active

 

One of the foremost Swiss drivers on the event will be Grégoire Hotz whose Peugeot 207 S2000 is backed by Peugeot Switzerland. He recently collected the seventh Swiss title of his career. The 71-strong field expected for the 54th Rallye International du Valais, the last round of the country’s championship, will feature four other Peugeots in the S2000 class. Three of those will be in the hands of the 2012 Swiss champion Nicolas Althaus and Lugano Racing Team’s Swiss drivers Sébastien Carron and Pascal Perroud, while the 207 S2000 of Frenchman Jean-Michel Raoux means that seven of the 12 S2000 entries will be Peugeots. image

 

Timing:

November, Thursday 7
SS 1 Crans-Montana (Mollens-Les Violettes). Start at 14:15 (11,66km)
SS 2 Anzère (Fortunau-La Tsouma). Start at 15:15 (12,96km)
SS 3 Les Casernes 1. Start at 16:00 (6,18km)

 

November, Friday 8
SS 4 Vercorin 1 (Chalais-Mase). Start at 09:45 (26,58km)
SS 5 Veysonnaz 1 (Ayer-Veysonnaz). Start at 10:55 (13,62km)
SS 6 Nendaz 1 (Veysonnaz-Nendaz). Start at 11:15 (12,08m)
SS 7 Vercorin 2 (Chalais-Mase). Start at 13:40 (26,58km)
SS 8 Veysonnaz 2 (Ayer-Veysonnaz). Start at 14:50 (13,62km)
SS 9 Nendaz 2 (Veysonnaz-Nendaz). Start at 15:10 (12,08km)
SS 10 Les Casernes 2. Start at 16:00 (6,18km)

 

November, Saturday 9
SS 11 Champex 1 (Les Valettes-Champex). Start at (9,53km)
SS 12 Bruson 1 (Le Châble-Champsec). Start at 10:25 (16,96km)
SS 13 Verbier 1 (Lourtier-Verbier). Start at 10:55 (15,52km)
SS 14 Les Cols (Sembrancher-Le Guercet). Start at 11:35 (37,13km)
SS 15 Champex 2 (Les Valettes-Champex). Départ à 13:35 (9,53km)
SS 16 Bruson 2 (Le Châble-Champsec). Start at 14:20 (16,96km)
SS 17 (Verbier 2 (Lourtier-Verbier). Start at 14:50 (15,52km)
SS 18 Col des Planches (Sembrancher-Arbarey). Start at 15:30 (25,15km)

Total rally : 287,84 timed kilometers