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Ellinas wins season finale in Abu Dhabi

ELLINAS WINS SEASON FINALE IN ABU DHABI—

He started the season with a win and he ends the year on the top step of the podium – that’s the story of Tio Ellinas’ 2013 with Marussia Manor Racing. After making a great start from P2, the Cypriot stormed into the lead and took the chequered flag ahead of Koiranen GP rookie Dean Stoneman who in his maiden GP3 weekend, achieved a remarkable podium. ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly was third.
 
Patrick Kujala started from reverse pole but it was the experienced Ellinas who made the better getaway and stole P1. Stoneman moved into second with Daly in third, whilst Kujala dropped to fourth. Newly crowned GP3 Champion Daniil Kvyat made up one place to P7 as he attempted to carve his way through the field.
 
Jack Harvey wasted no time in passing Kujala whilst all eyes were on the battle between Carlin’s Nick Yelloly who had his hands full keeping the Russian champion behind him. On lap three, the MW Arden driver found his way through past the Brit and set his sights on his next prey. After three laps Ellinas managed a three second advantage back to Stoneman and Daly.
 
On lap 5, Kvyat overtook Kujala and his next target was the ART Grand Prix duo. Yelloly and Alexander Sims began to hunt down Finnish rookie Kujala as a train of six 6 cars joined in the fun. The Carlin pair got the better off the Koiranen GP driver and soon began setting purple sectors.
 
Meanwhile the top five began to really close up and with two laps to go it was all to play for with Ellinas’ lead reduced to under a second. Harvey could see a chance for the rostrum and tried everything to pass his teammate Daly on the final lap but it wasn’t enough. Ellinas crossed the line and punched the air with joy to take his third GP3 career win, just two tenths ahead of Stoneman with Daly securing the final spot on the rostrum. Harvey held off a chasing Kyat for P4, with Yelloly, Sims and Zamparelli completing the points scorers.
 
2013 GP3 Series Champion Kvyat finished the season with a tally of 168 points, with Argentine Facu Regalia second in the standings on 138 after a no score today. Third place trophy will go to American Daly on 126 with Ellinas and Harvey on 116 and 114 rounding out the top five.
 
ART Grand Prix who celebrated their triumph yesterday of four consecutive team champions’ trophies, finished the season with 378 points, with MW Arden and Koiranen GP on 278 and 207 apiece.
 
The season is now over and what a memorable year it has been! The reigning GP3 Champion will graduate to F1 with Scuderia Toro Rosso, again showing the competiveness of the Series, we look forward to another thrilling GP3 Series in 2014.  
 
Abu Dhabi– Race 2
Driver
Team
1.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
2.
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
3.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
4.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
5.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
6.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
7.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
8.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
9.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
10.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
11.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
12.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
13.
Robert Cregan
Trident
14.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
15.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
16.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
17.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
18.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
19.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
20.
Alice Powell
Bamboo Engineering
21
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
22
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
23
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
24.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
25.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
26.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
Fastest Lap : Nick Yelloly- Carlin: 1 :58.487 on lap 11

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Conor Daly fastest in Free Practice in Belgium

Daly sets the early pace in Spa-Francorchamps—
 
ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly fastest in Free Practice in Belgium—
 
Following the four week break, GP3 Series returned to action at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium for Round 6 of the 2013 season. The 45 minute session got underway in warm temperatures with glorious blue skies at a circuit notorious for its changeable weather conditions. There is one change to the driver line-up for this weekend with Alexander Sims stepping in at Carlin to replace Eric Lichtenstein this weekend.
 
The ART Grand Prix duo of Jack Harvey and Facu Regalia led the que of 27 drivers onto the track as the field completed their first laps on scrubbed Pirelli tyres. Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas was first to clock a time in the 2m08s until Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus bettered his time by a mere 0.032s.
 
Finnish teammate Aaro Vainio broke into the 2m07s barrier and held P1 for a large chunk of the session. As the drivers returned to the pitlane for a new set of rubber, it was Dino Zamparelli who lit up the timing screens in purple and shot to P1, over one second faster than Vainio.
 
The times tumbled in the final ten minutes with Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport) claiming top spot until Series leader Ellinas became the first driver to lap in the 2m05s to reclaim back P1. MW Arden’s Carlos Sainz flew to the top of the timesheets in the dying moments but the session was to belong to American ace Conor Daly who went a tenth faster with seconds remaining.
 
At the chequered flag the top ten finished as Daly, Sainz, Nick Yelloly (Carlin), Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden), Ellinas, Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering), Sims, Regalia, Melville McKee (Bamboo Engineering) and David Fumanelli (Trident).
 
Qualifying takes place at 09.45 CET tomorrow morning, who will get the vital four points for pocketing pole and what will the weather bring, wait and see!
 
 
Free Practice
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
2:05.341
13
2.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
2:05.461
13
3.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
2:05.584
16
4.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
2:05.618
14
5.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
2:05.694
15
6.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
2:05.764
13
7.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
2:05.987
15
8.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
2:06.044
15
9.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
2:06.060
13
10.
David Fumanelli
Trident
2:06.158
15
11.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
2:06.167
17
12.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
2:06.206
15
13.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
2:06.490
13
14.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
2:06.593
17
15.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
2:06.841
16
16.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
2:06.963
13
17.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
2:06.982
15
18.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
2:07.504
16
19.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
2:07.639
10
20.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
2:07.848
15
21.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
2:07.889
12
22.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
2:08.540
17
23.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
2:09.261
11
24.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
2:09.262
15
25.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
2:09.512
9
26.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
2:09.852
16
27.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
2:11.925
14

 

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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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Daly on pole in Valencia

Daly dashes to maiden pole in Valencia-

ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly fastest in Spanish qualifying –

American Conor Daly was all smiles after securing his debut pole position in GP3 for Round 2 of the season in Valencia with a laptime of 1:22.329. The ART Grand Prix ace will be joined on the front row by MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat and Carlin’s Nick Yelloly. 

The qualifying session commenced under clear blue skies as the temperatures soared over the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. As the majority of the drivers took to the track, there was an early stoppage to the session when Marussia Manor Racing’s Ryan Cullen had a spin into the gravel session which caused a brief red flag. At this point, Kvyat, Giovanni Venturini (Trident) and Robert Visoiu (MW Arden) led the way with various drivers yet to record a time. 

Once the session resumed, Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus shot to P2 until Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) demoted the Estonian a position. The Cypriot was charging hard and had a short excursion through the gravel. 

At the midway point of the 30 minute session, most drivers returned to the pitlane for a new set of rubber in the quest for pole position. ART Grand Prix’s Facu Regalia rose to the top of standings and looked on course to keep P1 until Yelloly snatched provisional pole away with just two and half minutes left on the clock. 

However, Daly and Kvyat had other ideas, and grabbed P1 and P2 as a second flag occurred when Status Grand Prix’s Adderly Fong stopped on the track. This left 1m55s remaining and once qualifying went “live” there was a mad rush out of the pitlane to complete a lap before the chequered flag was waved. Yelloly in P3 remained in the pits, as did Daly. Sainz improved on his previous best efforts to rise up the order to make it into the top ten on home soil. 

The session ended with Daly achieving his maiden pole position, in front of Kvyat, Yelloly, Regalia, and the Koiranen GP duo of Aaro Vainio and Kevin Korjus. Ellinas was P7, with his Marussia Manor Racing teammate Dino Zamparelli one place back. Sainz and Visoiu rounded out the top ten. The top 19 drivers were covered by just one second. 

Both Race 1 and 2 will take place tomorrow 16th June at 11.00 and 15.00 CET respectively.

Qualifying
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:22.329
15
2.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:22.536
16
3.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:22.597
13
4.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:22.603
15
5.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:22.616
16
6.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:22.621
17
7.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:22.761
12
8.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:22.861
13
9.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:22.891
16
10.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:22.893
17
11.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:22.925
15
12.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:22.936
15
13.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
1:22.948
14
14.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:22.954
15
15.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:22.993
16
16.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:23.000
16
17.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:23.019
18
18.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:23.054
12
19.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:23.294
15
20.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:23.364
15
21.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:23.524
15
22.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:23.559
17
23.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:23.878
15
24.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:24.322
18
25.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:25.044
13
26.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:25.103
16
*Ryan Cullen – Marussia Manor Racing – outside of 110% qualifying time & issued with a 5 place grid penalty following incident in Barcelona Round 1

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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.

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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.