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David Fumanelli

DAVID FUMANELLI FASTEST ON FINAL DAY OF TESTING AT SILVERSTONE – 

Trident’s David Fumanelli tops timings on day 2 in Silverstone
 
Italian racer David Fumanelli posted the fastest time of the Silverstone two-day test with a 1:45.213 set in the morning session. This was a very impressive lap as it was a mammoth 4.9 seconds quicker than the GP3 lap record set in Silverstone last year, again showing the performance and speed of the new GP3/13 car and providing a very positive conclusion to pre-season testing. Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) was quickest in the afternoon session.
 
It was another bitterly cold day at the Northamptonshire circuit as the drivers braved the conditions for the final day of testing in temperatures of just two degrees. The MW Arden duo of Robert Visoiu and Carlos Sainz Jnr, along with ART Grand Prix drivers’ Jack Harvey and Facu Regalia were first to set competitive lap-times. Spaniard Sainz Jnr broke into the 1m46s barrier early on with a half a second advantage over Fumanelli.
 
There was a short halt in proceedings when Bamboo Engineering’s Carmen Jorda spun, once the action resumed, Koiranen GP’s Aaro Vainio made his way to the top of the timings. Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) stopped on track which brought the second red flag of the day. Marussia Manor Racing’s Dino Zamparelli flew to P1 with the quickest time of the two-day test at that point before Regalia demoted the Brit’ to P2 and became the first driver to dip into the 1m45s, 3 tenths faster.
 
With one hour left on the clock, all eyes were on Fumanelli as he posted a stunning laptime to go 6 tenths clear of the Argentine. Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) and Sainz Jnr rose to P3 and P4 whilst there was a third red flag with a second spin for Jorda in the final moments of the session.
 
The order at the chequered flag was Fumanelli, Regalia, Fontana, Sainz Jnr, Zamparelli, Vainio, Melville McKee (Bamboo Engineering), Ellinas, Giovanni Venturini (Trident) and Nick Cassidy (Marussia Manor Racing).
 
Most drivers in the afternoon session concentrated on long runs in preparation for the upcoming races. Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus was first to go P1 until Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix) and Ellinas shot to the top of timesheets at the midway point. With just over one hour remaining, Regalia went fastest until Ellinas reclaimed back his position at the head of the timings.
 
Conor Daly moved up the order, posting the fourth quickest time as the minutes ticked down. Standings at the chequered flag were Ellinas, Regalia, Harvey, Daly, Venturini, Cassidy, Nick Yelloly, Vainio, Zamparelli and Korjus.
   
Jenzer Motorsport’s Samin Gomez did not participate in the test today due to illness.
 
The opening round of the 2013 season gets underway at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona on 11-13 May and it promises to be a thrilling season with the introduction of the second generation car.
 
 
Day 2: Morning Session
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:45.213
24
2.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:45.855
25
3.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:46.040
31
4.
Carlos Sainz Jnr
MW Arden
1:46.107
25
5.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.157
27
6.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:46.226
24
7.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:46.262
16
8.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.281
21
9.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:46.282
23
10.
Nick Cassidy
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.336
31
11.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:46.350
28
12.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:46.399
36
13.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:46.406
19
14.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:46.437
25
15.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:46.468
20
16.
Felipe Guimaraes
Bamboo Engineering
1:46.526
32
17.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:46.539
20
18.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:46.888
35
19.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:47.039
33
20.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:47.312
11
21.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:47.388
23
22.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:47.869
18
23.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:48.380
21
24.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:48.754
22
25.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:49.760
15
26.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:50.519
17
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Day 2: Afternoon Session*
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:45.821
20
2.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:46.194
33
3.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:46.266
34
4.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:46.407
28
5.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:46.440
37
6.
Nick Cassidy
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.476
21
7.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:46.483
32
8.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:46.496
15
9.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.543
18
10.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:46.650
14
11.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:46.876
27
12.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:47.004
22
13.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:47.056
23
14.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:47.109
37
15.
Felipe Guimaraes
Bamboo Engineering
1:47.385
30
16.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:47.480
24
17.
Carlos Sainz Jnr
MW Arden
1:47.514
24
18.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:47.629
36
19.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:48.036
31
20.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:48.115
20
21.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:48.234
44
22.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:48.276
23
23.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:48.731
24
24.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:48.918
18
25.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:50.540
21

 

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Tio Ellinas GP3 test 2013

TIO ELLINAS ON TOP AT SILVERSTONE
Tio Ellinas recorded the fastest time in the afternoon session on day one of the official pre-season test at the Northamptonshire circuit. The Cypriot’s quickest time of 1:46.211 was 3.9 seconds quicker than the previous GP3 record set by Mitch Evans here in 2012 with the first generation car. Carlos Sainz Jnr set the best time in the morning session.
 
Very chilly temperatures greeted the GP3 paddock for the final two-day pre-season test. The sun may have been shining but with ground temperatures below zero as the test begun, the full grid of 27 drivers set their installation laps and returned to the pits and waited for the winds to die down and for the track to warm up.
 
Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) and Nick Cassidy (Marussia Manor Racing) were the first two drivers to set times in the 1m47’s with a hype of activity in the last hour with the majority of drivers braving the big freeze. Ellinas and David Fumanelli (Trident) shot to the head of the timings until Spaniard Sainz Jnr went half a second quicker than the Cypriot to end the morning on top.
 
At the chequered flag it was Ellinas, Fumanelli, Fontana, Cassidy, Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden), Nick Yelloly (Carlin), Giovanni Venturini (Trident) and the Koiranen GP duo of Aaro Vainio and Kevin Korjus.
 
Following the two hour lunch break, the session got underway with an early red flag for Regalia who stopped on the circuit whilst teammate Jack Harvey topped the timesheets. Melville McKee (Bamboo Racing) was P1 at the midway point when Luis Sa Silva (Carlin) ran wide at Becketts and kissed the barrier, whilst Fumanelli stopped on circuit which both caused small interruptions to proceedings.
 
Yelloly rose to P2 as the wind increased making driving conditions difficult. Regalia posted the best time of the day while Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) ran wide at Chapel at the latter stages of the day as there was a brief stoppage covered by red flags. With one minute left on the clock, Ellinas went a mere 0.036s faster than the Argentine to claim P1.
 
The final times saw Ellinas, Regalia, Yelloly, Ellinas, Harvey, McKee, Fumanelli, Robert Visoiu, Fontana, Korjus and Conor Daly, with the top ten drivers covered by a second.
 
Tomorrow’s test session will run from 09.00 – 12.00 a one hour break. The afternoon session will run from 13.00 – 16.00 GMT.
 
 
Day 1: Morning Session
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Carlos Sainz Jnr
MW Arden
1:46.795
10
2.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:47.389
10
3.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:47.490
11
4.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:47.700
24
5.
Nick Cassidy
Marussia Manor Racing
1:47.850
13
6.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:47.904
13
7.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:47.942
14
8.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:48.047
14
9.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:48.238
7
10.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:48.242
15
11.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:48.370
13
12.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:48.493
15
13.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:48.545
12
14.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:48.796
12
15.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Racing
1:48.889
13
16.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:49.025
15
17.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:49.484
15
18.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:49.546
13
19.
Felipe Guimaraes
Bamboo Racing
1:49.633
12
20.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:49.644
16
21.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:49.725
15
22.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:50.566
12
23.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Racing
1:52.684
13
24.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:52.887
10
25.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1
26.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1
27.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1
 
 
Day 1: Afternoon Session*
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.211
29
2.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:46.247
31
3.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:46.540
37
4.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:46.664
23
5.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Racing
1:46.719
20
6.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:46.774
24
7.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:47.027
32
8.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:47.050
28
9.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:47.143
18
10.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:47.177
33
11.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:47.345
32
12.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:47.391
30
13.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:47.402
29
14.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:47.474
30
15.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:47.698
11
16.
Felipe Guimaraes
Bamboo Racing
1:47.731
25
17.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:47.924
25
18.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:47.983
18
19.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:48.305
34
20.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:48.322
24
21.
Nick Cassidy
Marussia Manor Racing
1:48.755
23
22.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:48.977
9
23.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:49.146
11
24.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:50.517
15
25.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:50.890
15
26.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Racing
1:51.457
21
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Carlos Sainz Jnr’s times deleted after his MW Arden car was found underweight
 

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Conor Daly barca 2013

CONOR DALY ON TOP ON DAY ONE IN BARCA…

ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly sets the pace on day one in Spain
 
The American Conor Daly recorded the quickest time of the day with a 1:34.578 which was 3.5 seconds faster than the best lap set in the GP3/10 car in 2012 as GP3 Series had another successful day with the second generation car with the full grid of 27 drivers continuing to learn in the new GP3 machine. Marussia Manor Racing’s Nick Cassidy topped the timesheets in the morning.
 
The Circuit de Catalunya hosted the second official pre-season test in damp conditions after rain had fallen overnight. After 20 minutes the drivers ventured onto the track on slicks and then the heavens opened with light rain. This was tricky for the drivers as it was too wet for slick Pirelli tyres but there was not enough water on track for use of wets, therefore Aaro Vainio (Koiranen GP), Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden), Samin Gomez (Jenzer Motorsport) and Carlos Sainz Jnr (MW Arden) were the only drivers to post a laptime. Kevin Korjus made it a Koiranen GP one-two after popping in the second fastest time, as the sunshine broke through and the track began to dry. There were two brief interruptions as David Fumanelli (Trident) stopped on circuit with technical gremlins.
 
Local favourite Sainz Jnr went top in the closing stages before Korjus reclaimed his position at the head of the standings. Soon after Cassidy set the best time of the morning in a 1:34.924.Korjus, Sainz Jnr, Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport), Ellinas, Vainio, Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering), Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport), Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) and Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix) completed the top ten at the chequered flag.
 
Following the two hour break, heavy clouds hung over the circuit threatening to downpour but the sun fought through. There were several stoppages in the afternoon session including Vainio spinning into the gravel and technical gremlins for Josh Webster (Status Grand Prix) Patrick Kujala (Koiranen GP), Giovanni Venturini (Trident) and Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport).
 
ART Grand Prix teammates Regalia and Jack Harvey set the pace at the midway point of the session until Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) shot to P1 with Nick Yelloly (Carlin) a mere 0.069s shy of the Russian. The final 30 minutes was like a qualifying session and was hotly contested as the drivers fed onto the track with new tyres.
 
Ellinas put in a flier with a 1:34.710 as the clock ticked down until American Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) went a tenth quicker to finish the day fastest as Cassidy snuck into P3 as the chequered flag came out. Daly, Ellinas, Cassidy, Fontana, Yelloly, Regalia, Fumanelli, Kvyat, Sainz Jnr and Korjus rounded out the top ten.
 
Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) commented: “We had a lot to figure out with the new GP3/13 car at the first test in Estoril and I believe now we have found a great set-up and a nice balance to achieve that one important hot lap. I am extremely happy and it was a nice surprise to be P1. I feel really positive about the second generation car, it’s much more fun to drive and certainly makes you question yourself before you add more power. I love having more speed!”
 
Tomorrow’s test session will run from 09.00 – 12.00 with a one hour break. The afternoon session will run from 13.00 – 16.00 CET.

F3 MACAU GP

Rosenqvist and Juncadella on second grid row

Alex Lynn (Fortec Motorsport, 2:13.122 minutes) came out on top in second qualifying for the SJM Macau Grand Prix. He toppled António Félix da Costa (Carlin, 2:13.400 minutes), who had been leading after first qualifying, but eventually ended up second. Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam, 2:13.401 minutes) and Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport, 2:13.420 minutes), who were both racing in this year’s Formula 3 Euro Series, will be starting from the second grid row into tomorrow’s qualification race.

Together with Carlos Sainz (Carlin, 2:13.421 minutes) in fifth place, Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport, 2:13.758 minutes) in eighth place and Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam, 2:13.789 minutes) in tenth position, a total of five drivers from the Formula 3 Euro Series were classified in the top ten in the final qualifying result, for which the times of the two sessions were accumulated.

Second qualifying again didn’t run without any incidents. The first interruption already occurred soon after the start, when Felix Serralles (Fortec Motorsport, 2:14.366 minutes) hit the barriers. An accident from Lucas Auer (Van Amersfoort Racing, 2:16.187 minutes) caused the second interruption. Qualifying was stopped and not restarted after Felipe Nasr (Carlin, 2:13.556 minutes) had hit the tyre stacks.

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam): “Finding a rhythm in this session wasn’t easy at all. There were either red or yellow flags, or we were stuck in traffic. But honestly, I have to admit that I wasn’t the only one to have these problems. Basically, I am happy with third place, because we have seen last year that one doesn’t have to be on pole position in order to win the race.”

Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport): “I am happy, because I have been among the front runners all weekend. At the start of second qualifying, I couldn’t find a slipstream and tried to drive fast all on my own. I thought that I had worn out the tyres too much. Therefore, I was all the more surprised that I was still able to improve after that. Unfortunately, the final red flag was a disadvantage for me. I couldn’t finish my lap, which might have been fast enough for pole position.”

F3 Euro Series

Felix Rosenqvist provisionally on front row

First qualifying for the Macau Grand Prix turned into a very close battle: with an advantage of only 0,02 seconds, António Félix da Costa (Carlin, 2:13.400 minutes) beat his main rival Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport, 2:13.420 minutes). At the 6.12 kilometres long street circuit in the former Portuguese colony, the Swede was the best-placed driver from the ranks of the Formula 3 Euro Series, which brought a total of five drivers into the top ten.

Euro Series drivers Carlos Sainz (Carlin, 2:13.421 minutes) in third place, Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam, 2:13.800 minutes) in fifth, Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam, 2:14.266 minutes) in eighth and Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport, 2:14.397 minutes), who was tenth, also made it into the top ten.

Qualifying had to be interrupted for a few minutes following a collision by Andrea Roda (Jo Zeller Racing, 2:18.140 minutes) in the closing stages. The two drivers of the Van Amersfoort team, Dennis van de Laar (2:19.335 minutes) and Lucas Auer (2:16.845 minutes) had also run into the barriers before that. For them, as well as for Roda, qualifying was over.

Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport): “With my first set of tyres, I was third, which was actually quite good. In my second attempt with fresh tyres, I got a good slipstream at the start, but I made many little mistakes in the second sector and therefore I already wanted to abort this attempt. Fortunately, however, I continued to attack and I was happy in hindsight, because this turned out to be my fastest lap. Basically, we are in contention for pole position here, but in Macau, the starting grid position isn’t that important. When you are on one of the first four rows, it is normally okay.”

Carlos Sainz (Carlin): “At the end, I did a very good lap, although the tyres were already quite worn. In qualifying, I slowly worked my way to the limit. At the moment, I am third, which in Macau is sometimes even better than being on pole position.”

British Formula 3

No stopping Serralles at Spa, except the rain…

Felix Serralles swept to his fourth win of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series season this afternoon at Spa-Francorchamps, Fortec’s rookie racer battling past early leader Carlos Sainz to claim the victory and move into championship second.

Alas Serralles and his rivals were denied the chance to race for a second time today by heavy rain which burst over Spa just before the scheduled start of the 20-minute reverse-grid sprint race. With standing water all around the circuit, the event was cancelled by officials.

The day’s earlier race – held in bright sunshine – was a thriller from the outset, when Carlin driver Sainz outgunned pole man Serralles away from the start to lead the 29-car field into La Source hairpin. Puerto Rico’s Serralles was neither surprised nor disheartened: “There was more grip in the tyres than I was expecting at the start so I bogged down a bit. But I wasn’t worried too much if I stayed P2 because I knew that I could slipstream Carlos later.”

Serralles trailed Sainz for two laps before lining up the Spaniard for a spectacular pass into Les Combes on the third lap. Thereafter Felix was in a class of his own, setting fastest lap on the way to a one-second lead over Sainz by the end of the following lap. At the chequered flag Serralles was the victor by five-and-a-half seconds. His thoughts are not yet on the championship, he says: “Not really. I have nothing to lose. This is only my first year of British F3; I go race by race and will fight to the end. We will see then.”

It was not Sainz who followed Serralles home, however: FIA European F3 title hopeful Daniel Juncadella (Prema) followed Felix’ example at Les Combes on lap five to pass his Spanish countryman Sainz and secure second place overall. “Yesterday we struggled for pace in qualifying,” said Daniel, “today the car was not so bad but we are still trying to get on top of the best set-up.”

Sainz was third on the road and a confidence-boosting second among the British F3 men, his best result since Pau in May. “At the start I did exactly what I had been planning all night to do, and it worked out, so I can be really happy with my first two laps. After that, I didn’t have the best pace and it was a case of trying to survive with the tyre degradation.”

Championship leader Jack Harvey endured a difficult day yesterday, missing most of the first practice session with an engine misfire and crashing out of qualifying after a collision with the car of Hannes van Asseldonk. The Racing Steps Foundation driver started 10th and made up four spots on the opening lap, then moved into fifth ahead of Alex Lynn on lap five.

Jack then chased down his title rival and Carlin team-mate Jazeman Jaafar, snatching fourth overall – and third in championship terms – from the Malaysian on the final lap. “Yesterday was not a great day but today, fourth from 10th is pretty good,” says Jack.

Jaafar placed fifth ahead of Fortec’s Lynn, with the British championship top 10 completed by Pipo Derani, Harry Tincknell – who lost out at the start with a slow getaway – Geoff Uhrhane (Double R), Pietro Fantin and T-Sport’s Nick McBride.

Double R’s Duvashen Padayachee led the four-car National class battle from start to finish, the 22-year-old Australian collecting his fifth class win of the year ahead of CF Racing’s Adderly Fong and T-Sport duo Spike Goddard and Pedro Pablo Calbimonte. “I didn’t know where I was in relation to the other guys,” said Duvashen. “I was in a pack of International cars and it was a free-for-all. I just tried to stay with them and my race pace was great.”