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Lewis Williamson GP3 2013

WILLIAMSON FASTEST ON THIRD DAY OF TEST IN ESTORIL

Bamboo Engineering’s Lewis Williamson ends first pre-season GP3 Portuguese test on top

Two new teams finished quickest in both the morning and afternoon session with Kevin Korjus and his Finnish outfit for Koiranen GP fastest posting the fastest time in the first half of the day with Williamson finishing the final day on top.

Today concluded a positive and successful test with the new second generation car as the full grid of 27 drivers covered 3809 laps in total over the three days. There were two amendments to the driver line-up for the final day with Kiwi Nick Cassidy replacing Tio Ellinas at Marussia Manor Racing and Lewis Williamson back in the Bamboo Engineering car in place of Ryan Cullen.

The final day of the first pre-season test at the Circuito Estoril got underway in torrential rain. There was an early red flag due to a stray dog on track. When the action resumed, Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus and the MW Arden duo of Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat were the early pacesetters as they dealt with the large volume of spray due to climatic conditions.

There were brief interruptions with the red flag after Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix) stopped on circuit and Patrick Kujala (Koiranen GP) spun into the gravel bed. At the midway point Estonian driver Korjus held P1 from Sainz by 0.069s. The rain continued to hammer day and it was Patric Niederhauser who was next to become victim of the slippery track, spinning into the gravel which brought the red flag out.

 

With five minutes left on the clock, Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) spun leading to a short halt in proceedings. Korjus headed the timesheets at the close of the morning session in front of Sainz Jr, Harvey, Kvyat, Fontana, Dino Zamparelli (Marussia Manor Racing), Aaro Vainio (Koiranen GP), Kujala, Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) and Niederhauser.

 

Sunshine returned for the start of the afternoon test and Cassidy and Nick Yelloly led the pack after one hour. The conditions were not easy though with gusty winds for the drivers to contend with. Laptimes tumbled throughout the session once slicks were used and the midway point saw Korjus and Sainz Jr sat on top of the timesheets with laps in the 1.29s. Jimmy Eriksson spun as the rain began to fall again as the red flag was waved.

Race simulations were the focus for most teams with drivers also concentrating on their tyre management skills. Harvey shot to P1 with one hour remaining as Fontana stopped on the circuit with technical gremlins.  Williamson clocked the fastest time as the session drew to a close with the red flag after Fumanelli stopped. At the chequered flag it was Williamson, Kvyat, Visoiu, Harvey, Zamparelli, Fumanelli, Fontana, Niederhauser, Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix), and Korjus.

Didier Perrin GP3 Series Technical Director commented, “This has been a fruitful and successful first outing for the teams and their GP3/13 cars. We have had very positive feedback from the drivers saying how fun and tricky this new machine is to drive. The teams are also very impressed by the reliability of the car as there were no major issues. All in all, everything is looking very promising. Now the focus from the teams can be on the performance of the car.”

The Circuit de Catalunya will host the next GP3 pre-season test which will run for two days on March 12-13th 2013.

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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.