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Regalia

Regalia reigns at Budapest mid-season test…
 
ART Grand Prix’s Facu Regalia fastest on day two of testing in Hungary
 
Argentine Facu Regalia recorded the quickest time of the two-day test at the Hungaroring in a session affected by heavy rain and changeable weather. Koiranen GP’s Aaro Vainio headed the timesheets in the afternoon.
 
Day 2 of the test started with overcast, humid conditions and a damp track as the 27 drivers got down to business early on before the expected rain made an appearance. Trident’s Emanuele Zonzini was first onto the circuit but it was fastest man from day one Kevin Korjus (Koiranen GP), who set the early pace. The Estonian was first to lap in the 1m33’s until fellow rookie Melville McKee (Bamboo Engineering) bettered his time with a lap of 1:33.568.
 
Light rain fell upon the Hungaroring at the midway point of the session and the indecisive weather made it challenging for the drivers, some of which wanted to focus on qualifying and race simulations in preparation for the upcoming races. The Trident pair of David Fumanelli and Giovanni Venturini rose to P2 and P3 respectively, less than a tenth shy of McKee’s fastest time.
 
In the final 15 minutes the track began to dry and the pitlane was a hype of activity as new Pirelli tyres went on and the drivers surged onto the circuit. Nick Yelloly (Carlin) and Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering) lit up the timing screens and were first to break into the 1m32s barrier. With five minutes left on the clock, Regalia posted the fastest time of the test to go P1.
 
The top ten in the morning session finished as Regalia, Williamson, Yelloly, MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz, Patrick Kujala (Koiranen GP), Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing), Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix) and the Jenzer Motorsport duo of Alex Fontana and Patric Niederhauser.
 
The drivers hurried onto the track for the start of the afternoon session as heavy rain clouds loomed above but there was an early red flag when Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) stopped on the circuit. Vainio and Kujala topped the timesheets once the action resumed and the heavens opened. The session was red flagged for 35 minutes due to so much water on the circuit which was causing the drivers to aquaplane.
 
Regalia had a trip to the gravel bed which caused a short interruption covered by red flags. The sun shone down but it wasn’t enough to dry the track, meaning nobody could challenge Vainio and Kujala at the top of the standings. With 20 minutes remaining, Carlin’s Eric Lichtenstein made contact with the tyre barrier which brought the red flag out and once re-started, Ryan Cullen (Marussia Manor Racing) also touched the guardrail which brought the day and the test to a close.
 
The top eight times of the afternoon session were set before the downpour of rain, therefore at the chequered flag it ended as Vainio, Kujala, Giovanni Venturini (Trident), Josh Webster (Status Grand Prix), Sainz, Fong, Kvyat, Korjus. Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) and Zonzini completed the top ten.
 
There is only a short wait before GP3 is back in action as the Series heads to Valencia for Round 2 next week on the 15th and 16th June.
Day 2: Morning
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:32.341
23
2.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
1:32.717
24
3.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:32.948
33
4.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:32.971
29
5.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:33.119
32
6.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:33.339
11
7.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:33.371
33
8.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:33.384
34
9.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:33.472
29
10.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:33.530
30
11.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:33.568
16
12.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:33.591
23
13.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:33.627
32
14.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:33.660
35
15.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:33.766
30
16.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:33.799
9
17.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:34.005
28
18.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:34.140
34
19.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:34.449
28
20.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:34.589
31
21.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:34.814
32
22.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:34.866
9
23.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:35.167
35
24.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:35.417
29
25.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:36.280
34
26.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:36.983
14
27.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:37.299
22
 
 
Day 2: Afternoon
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:32.993
20
2.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:33.622
14
3.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:33.869
11
4.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:34.851
11
5.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:36.065
18
6.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:36.115
14
7.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:36.448
11
8.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:38.459
18
9.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:38.932
14
10.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:39.811
12
11.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:43. 506
18
12.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:47.290
16
13.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:47.829
14
14.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:51.290
12
15.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:52.640
10
16.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:53.001
21
17.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:53.320
12
18.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:53.652
17
19.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:53.824
12
20.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:53.933
10
21.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:54.422
16
22.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:54.734
13
23.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:57.028
9
24.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:57.913
18
25.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
1:58.056
8
26.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:58.092
10
27.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
2:02.381
8

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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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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.

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MW Arden’s David Fumanelli ends Portuguese test on top
 
Italian David Fumanelli finished as fastest overall on day two in a rain affected test at Estoril, Portugal. The MW Arden driver’s best lap achieved in the morning was a 1:30.261 which set a new GP3 circuit record as he also went on to claim top spot in the wet afternoon session.
 
The final day of post-season testing was run in much different conditions compared to the warmth and sunshine of the first day of the tests. Dark skies and much cooler temperatures greeted the GP3 paddock with showers forecast. Daniil Kvyat who was fasted on day one set the early pace with fellow MW Arden driver David Fumanelli and Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) in close contention. There were several early red flags after spins for Eric Lichtenstein (Carlin) and Mario Marasca (Trident Racing).
 
When the green lights re-appeared, Italian Fumanelli went P1, 0.091s ahead of his Russian teammate with Lewis Williamson (Atech CRS GP) and Robert Visoiu (MW Arden) completing the top five. With one hour remaining of the morning session, the rain that had been threatening, fell on the Circuito do Estoril with the field choosing to remain in the pits with the weather indecisive: falling in the middle of slicks and wet tyres. Therefore the morning session ended with Fumanelli topping the timesheets ahead of Kvyat, Ellinas, Williamson, Visoiu, Lichtenstein, Jack Harvey (Lotus GP) and Miki Weckstrom (Status Grand Prix).
 
The rain continued to pour down as the afternoon session began as the drivers ventured out onto wet tyres with many teams opting to run race simulations. There were red flags for Jack Harvey after his Lotus GP suffered technical gremlins and there was a spin for Meindert Van Buuren in the Atech CRS GP.
 
Kvyat was first to set a quick lap until Fumanelli outpaced the Russian to snatch P1. Ellinas split the MW Arden pair by going P2, with Giovanni Venturini (Status Grand Prix) and Williamson in the top five. It was to be Fumanelli’s day, the only driver breaking into the 1.42’s barrier in the tricky conditions when the chequered flag waved on the end of the final test. Ellinas, Kvyat, Venturini, Williamson, Lichtenstein, Marasca and Harvey rounded out the top eight.
 
GP3 will be back in action early next year when pre-season testing commences with the eagerly anticipated new GP3/13 car. The GP3 Series will enter its fourth year with drivers competing to follow in the footsteps of reigning GP3 Champion Mitch Evans.