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Conor Daly wins Valencia

Daly triumphant in Valencia Race 1…
 
Conor Daly leads home Facu Regalia to ART Grand Prix 1-2 in Spain-
 
What a dream weekend for American Conor Daly. Pole position yesterday and a lights-to-flag win for the ART Grand Prix driver. It was made extra special for his French squad ART Grand Prix with Daly’s teammate Facu Regalia finishing in P2 just one second back. Koiranen GP rookie Kevin Korjus completed the podium.
 
The race got underway under clear blue skies and warm temperatures with pole-man Daly, retaining his lead ahead of Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) and Regalia. There was an incident at turn 2 when Status Grand Prix’s Adderly Fong made contact with Trident’s David Fumanelli which put them both out of the race. Local favourite Carmen Jorda (Bamboo Engineering) was also an early casualty when she spun off on lap two.
 
Regalia soon passed Kvyat to hunt down his teammate, whilst Korjus also seized his opportunity to pounce on the Russian and move into P3. Argentine Regalia began to harass the American with all eyes on the battle at the front of the field with the pole-sitter managing to maintain a small advantage.
 
Spaniard Sainz (MW Arden) made a great start from P8 to move into fifth with Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas close in pursuit. Carlin’s Nick Yelloly who started from P26 after being excluded from the results of qualifying, carved his way through the pack to finish just outside the top ten in P12.
 
At the midway point, one of the key battles on track was Dino Zamparelli in P8 holding off a determined Robert Visoiu. The Brit defended with all his might but in the latter stages the Romanian driver made a successful pass to clinch the position and provisional reverse pole. As the drivers managed their Pirelli tyres in the 18 lap race, a six-car train developed with Bamboo Engineering’s Melville McKee sneaking past Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser for P11.
 
Daly crossed the line, celebrating in fine style his second win in the GP3 Series season. Regalia followed him home to make it a great result for ART Grand Prix and score his maiden rostrum. Rookie Korjus achieved his second podium in just three races for newcomers Koiranen GP. Fourth was Kvyat, with Sainz in fifth pocketing two further points for fastest lap. Ellinas, Aaro Vainio (Koiranen GP), Visoiu, Zamparelli and Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix) rounded out the top ten and point scorers.
 
Following Daly’s victory, he now heads the Driver’s Standings on 50 points, with Ellinas on 47 and Korjus on 33. After their one-two result ART Grand Prix lead the Team Standings on 81, with Koiranen GP on 64 and Marussia Manor Racing on 49.
 
Race 2 will start later today at 15.00 CET with Visoiu on reverse pole.
Valencia – Race 1
Driver
Team
1.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
2.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
3.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
4.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
5.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
6.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
7.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
8.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
9.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
10.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
11.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
12.
Nick Yelloly
Trident
13.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
14.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
15.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
16.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
17.
Josh Webster
Carlin
18.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
19.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
20.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
21.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP

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Carlos Saninz jr estoril 2013

CARLOS SAINZ Jr QUICKEST AGAIN IN ESTORIL

MW Arden rookie Carlos Sainz Jnr fastest in first pre-season GP3 test
 
Carlos Sainz Jr made it two out of two after posting the best laptime for the second day in succession with David Fumanelli (Trident) who was fastest in the morning session. It was another trouble-free day with the GP3/13 car with 833 laps covered in Estoril by the full grid of 27 drivers.
 
After a very successful opening day of testing with the second generation car, day two of the pre-season test at Circuito Estoril got underway on a wet track after heavy rain early in the morning. Strong winds made for difficult conditions as the drivers continued to learn about the new machine.
 
Koiranen GP’s duo Aaro Vainio and Kevin Korjus were first to set the pace until fastest man from yesterday morning, Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) topped the timesheets. There were several brief interruptions with red flags after spins for Ethan Ringel (Bamboo Engineering), Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix), Jimmy Eriksson (Status Grand Prix) and Patrick Kujala (Koiranen GP) as they dealt with the slippery track.
 
With an hour remaining of the morning session, the track began to dry as the drivers ventured onto slicks. Carlin’s Nick Yelloly went P1, with plenty of action occurring as the Jenzer Motorsport pairing of Patric Niederhauser and Alex Fontana clocked first and second on the timings. The final five minutes saw Fumanelli steal the show with a best laptime of 1:29.428. At the close of the morning test the top ten finished as Fumanelli, Niederhauser, Fontana, Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering), Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden), Vainio, Ellinas, Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix), Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) and Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix).
 
The sun shined upon the Estoril track for the afternoon session as the winds got up, with Koiranen GP’s Korjus heading the times from Ellinas and Giovanni Venturini (Trident) after one hour. There were two changes to the afternoon line-up with Melville McKee taking over from Adderly Fong at Status Grand Prix and Ryan Cullen replacing Lewis Williamson in the Bamboo Engineering car.
 
At the midway point Ellinas reclaimed the top of the standings, as the rain clouds began menacingly moving in. With thirty minutes remaining Daly rose to P1 a tenth quicker than the Cypriot before the session had a short halt to proceedings when Samin Gomez (Jenzer Motorsport) spun. Fifteen minutes to go and it was Sainz Jr who rose to the top four tenths faster than the American with a 1:27.6 whilst Venturini and Ellinas moved up demoting Daly to fourth. At the chequered flag it was Sainz Jr, Venturini, Ellinas, Daly, Kvyat, Korjus, Fontana, Fumanelli, Harvey and Regalia.