GP3

ESTORIL

GP3 SERIES RETURNS TO ACTION IN ESTORIL-
 
First of three pre-season tests takes place in Portugal
 
The 2014 GP3 Series gets underway tomorrow with the first official two day test session at the Circuito Estoril in Portugal. GP3 enters its fifth season of existence with racing kicking off in Barcelona in May.
 
The paddock welcomes back many familiar faces, along with some new recruits, all eager to follow in the footsteps of our reigning GP3 champion and current Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Daniil Kvyat.
 
Current Team Champions ART Grand Prix have brought in the experienced Alex Fontana and Dino Zamparelli and welcome German rookie Marvin Kirchhofer. Arden International (formally known as MW Arden) line-up with the double race-winning pairing of Robert Visoiu and Patric Niederhauser, whilst British driver Jann Mardenborough will make his debut in the Series.
 
Koiranen GP have signed Jimmy Eriksson and GP3 debutant Santiago Urrutia from Uruguay whilst Carmen Jorda will test for the Finnish outfit this week. Carlin has completed their team for this campaign, retaining Luis Sa Silva with Red Bull Junior Team driver Alex Lynn and Emil Bernstorff joining the British squad.
 
This season Marussia Manor Racing will field a trio of drivers who have all competed in GP3, Patrick Kujala and Ryan Cullen both raced in the 2013 season, along with Dean Stoneman who made a very impressive showing in his one-off appearance in the Abu Dhabi season finale to score a podium.
 
Jenzer Motorsport will be reviewing drivers from the test session before announcing their line-up for the 2014 campaign with GP3’s inaugural race winner Pal Varhaug testing for the Swiss outfit and he will be accompanied by fellow race winner Melville McKee and Adderly Fong.
 
Victor Carbone and Roman De Beer represent Italian outfit Trident this season and will be joined by Nelson Mason.
 
Nick Yelloly has switched to the green and black liveried Status Grand Prix this year, whilst former GP3 driver Richie Stanaway and Mexican Alfonso Celis Jr will test for the team in Portugal.
 
Newcomers to the GP3 Series for the 2014 season, Hilmer Motorsport, will make their official debut at the next test session in Jerez on the 10th – 11th April bringing the total to nine teams.
 
The schedule for Day 1 of the test sees the test commence at 09.00 – 12.00 with a two hour break. The afternoon session will begin at 14.00 and end at 17.00.
 
Drivers’ Entry List
CAR
DRIVER
LICENSE
TEAM
1
 Alex Fontana
 SUI
ART Grand Prix
2
 Marvin Kirchhofer
 GER
ART Grand Prix 
3
 Dino Zamparelli
 GBR
 ART Grand Prix
4
 Robert Visoiu
 ROU
 Arden International
5
 Patric Niederhauser
 SUI
 Arden International
6
 Jann Mardenborough
 GBR
 Arden International
7
 Carmen Jorda
 ESP
 Koiranen GP
8
 Jimmy Eriksson
 SWE
 Koiranen GP
9
 Santiago Urrutia
 SWE
 Koiranen GP
10
 Alex Lynn
 GBR
 Carlin
11
 Emil Bernstorff
 GBR
 Carlin
12
 Luis Sa Silva
 MAC
 Carlin
14
 Patrick Kujala
 FIN
 Marussia Manor Racing
15
 Ryan Cullen
 GBR
 Marussia Manor Racing
16
 Dean Stoneman
 GBR
 Marussia Manor Racing
20
 Pal Varhaug
 NOR
 Jenzer Motorsport
21
 Melville McKee
GBR
 Jenzer Motorsport
22
 Adderly Fong
CHN
 Jenzer Motorsport
23
 Victor Carbone
 BRA
 Trident
24
 Roman De Beer
 RSA
 Trident
25
 Nelson Mason
CAN
 Trident
26
 Nick Yelloly
 GBR
 Status Grand Prix
27
 Richie Stanaway
NZL
 Status Grand Prix
28
 Alfonso Celis Jr
 MEX
 Status Grand Prix