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Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden)

Kvyat scorches to pole in Abu Dhabi—

Three points is all that separates the top two in the Drivers’ Championship after a stunning pole from Daniil Kvyat for MW Arden. The Russian driver continues to excel in Abu Dhabi after posting the fastest time in Free Practice and again in Qualifying. Series leader Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix) will start from P10. Carlin’s Nick Yelloly and Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus start second and third.
 
Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) and Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) headed the que of eager drivers onto the Yas Marina Circuit in the fight for the decisive pole. The Koiranen GP trio set the early pace in the 30 minute session whilst Ellinas was first to dip into the 1m57’s with Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix) into P2.
 
Regalia rose to the top of the timesheets, lapping in the 1m56’s, but it was his closest rival in the championship, Kvyat who improved to snatch P1 by two tenths. His MW Arden teammate Carlos Sainz jumped up to P2 as the Russian driver lapped quicker to increase his advantage at the front.
 
Sector 1 and 2 belonged to Korjus with the Estonian ace lighting up the timing screens but a lock-up cost him time and brought him up the order to P2, missing an opportunity to go top. As the drivers pitted for fresh Pirelli tyres at the midway point, it was American Daly who went from P10 to P2 as the clock ticked down.
 
Harvey disposed Kvyat from the top of the timings, until the MW Arden driver regained P1, with Yelloly and Alexander Sims into the top three. Korjus split the Carlin pair sneaking into P2 with a few minutes remaining, whilst Regalia locked-up on his fastest lap, costing him his chance of starting near the front.
 
At the chequered flag it was Kvyat, Yelloly, Korjus, Sims, Harvey, Sainz, Daly and Patric Niederhauser. Rookie Dean Stoneman for Koiranen GP impressed in ninth with Regalia completing the top ten.
 
The GP3 Drivers’ Championship can be decided today in Race 1 later today which will run at 18.35pm local time. This will be the first time GP3 have had a “night” race and with so much to play for, it’s one you don’t want to miss.
Abu Dhabi Qualifying
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:55.473
12
2.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:55.753
11
3.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:55.785
13
4.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
1:56.221
12
5.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:56.265
11
6.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:56.392
12
7.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:56.442
11
8.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:56.487
12
9.
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
1:56.560
12
10.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:56.722
11
11.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:56.730
11
12.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:56.928
13
13.
Jimmy Eriksson*
Status Grand Prix
1:57.057
12
14.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:57.095
12
15.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:57.281
12
16.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.420
11
17.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:57.445
12
18.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:57.667
11
19
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:57.967
12
20.
Robert Cregan
Trident
1:58.040
12
21.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:58.115
13
22.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:58.328
12
23.
Samin Gomez*
Jenzer Motorsport
1:58.522
13
24.
Alice Powell
Bamboo Engineering
1:58.553
12
25.
Ryan Cullen*
Marussia Manor Racing
1:58.804
12
26.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:59.400
13
*Ryan Cullen has a 10 place grid penalty after Monza Race 2
*Jimmy Eriksson & Samin Gomez have a 5 place grid penalty after Monza R2

GP3

Facu Regalia celebrates first GP3 win in Germany

Regalia rules Nurburgring Race 1-
 
ART Grand Prix’s Facu Regalia celebrates first GP3 win in Germany…
 
Job done! Pole position and a lights to flag victory for Argentine driver Facu Regalia in Race 1 of Round 4 of the 2013 GP3 Series season. It was his maiden victory in the category and a special day for ART GP, with the team celebrating their 20th win in the Series. The emotion literally swept Regalia off his feet in parc ferme, with Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas in second extending his Series lead and ART Grand Prix’s Jack Harvey third.
 
Regalia made the perfect getaway with Ellinas holding station in second, whilst Harvey got the jump on Alex Fontana’s Jenzer Motorsport car, the Swiss driver losing several places. There were a few incidents at the start with Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus tagging the back of Fontana on lap one, which took the rear wing off the Jenzer Motorsport car. The Estonian driver was issued with a drive through penalty when in seventh position and later retired.
 
There was also frustration for several teammates when Luis Sa Silva (Carlin) made a move on the inside of Status Grand Prix’s Josh Webster and collected his teammate Eric Lichtenstein which put them both out of the race. There was contact again a few moments later when Jimmy Eriksson also got together with Webster, with both drivers having a premature end to Race 1.
 
Regalia put his head down and made progress at the front, building an early advantage, that would finish as a massive seven second lead. There was an early safety car deployed when there was small debris on track and Daniil Kvyat’s MW Arden machine stopped on the circuit. Once the safety car came back in, Regalia made the most of his advantage and kept Ellinas and Harvey at bay. The Brit was all over the Cypriot until the chequered flag, keen to find a way past and managing to stay within half a second, but the Series leader defended with all of his might. Behind the trio at the front was Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering) and Nick Yelloly (Carlin).
 
Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) was keen to make an impression and spent the race fighting with Dino Zamparelli, the duo finishing in the points. Another person on the move was Patric Niederhauser who moved his way up through the field but didn’t manage to squeeze into a points position.
 
At the chequered flag, the day belonged to Regalia and ART Grand Prix, bringing home a first and a third with Ellinas pocketing more points in the championship with second. Williamson, Yelloly, Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) completed the top six. Melville McKee (Bamboo Engineering) scored his first points of his rookie GP3 campaign with seventh with Alexander Sims (Status Grand Prix) coming home eighth, the Brit will start tomorrow’s Race 2 from reverse pole. Zamparelli and Daly were the final two points scorers.
 
Ellinas holds control of the Drivers’ Standings on 87, with Regalia moving up the order to P2. The Argentinian also collected two further points for fastest lap and is on 72 points, with Kevin Korjus on 59. ART Grand Prix teammates Harvey and Daly are on 57 and 52.
 
ART Grand Prix increase their advantage in the Teams Standings with 181, with Koiranen GP on 103 and MW Arden on 93.
 
Race 2 starts at 09.20 local time tomorrow, so far it’s been seven different winners from seven races, will we see eight?
Nurburgring – Race 1
Driver
Team
1.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
2.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
3.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
4.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
5.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
6.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
7.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
8.
Alexander Sims
Status Grand Prix
9.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
10.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
11.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
12.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
13.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
14.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
15.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
16.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
17.
David Fumanelli
Trident
18.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
19.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
20.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP

GP3

Facu Regalia

Regalia takes maiden pole in Nurburgring-
 
ART Grand Prix’s Facu Regalia narrowly beats Tio Ellinas to pole in Germany…
 
He’s done it! Facu Regalia is a happy man, after being so close to pole on several occasions this year, the Argentine driver promised to deliver a pole position and today he’s done just that. The ART Grand Prix driver will be joined on the front row with Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas with just 0.054s separating the two. Jenzer Motorsport’s Alex Fontana will start in third on the second row.
 
A beautiful, warm morning greeted the GP3 paddock as the 27 drivers made their way onto the track ready for the 30 minute fight for pole. Bamboo Engineering’s Melville McKee was first out with his teammate Lewis Williamson first to lap in the 1m45s bracket ahead of Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) and Carlin’s Nick Yelloly.
 
Kevin Korjus (Koiranen GP) out-braked himself and lost time on one of his hot laps, but was soon  back on the pace next time around and went straight to the top of the timesheets. His teammate Aaro Vainio had a small off track excursion but was able to continue. Williamson reclaimed his position back at the head of the timings at the midway point of the session, as the drivers returned to the pits for new rubber ready for their flier.
 
Regalia rose to P1 before Ellinas lit up the timing screens in purple to become the first driver to set a time in the 1m44s. The positions were swapping every few minutes with Kvyat lapping two tenths faster than the Cypriot to snatch top spot with Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims moving into second.
 
Ellinas was on a mission regaining P1 by almost four tenths of a second but Regalia was determined to make pole position his and within the final seconds, the ART Grand Prix driver demoted the Marussia Manor Racing driver to second and he celebrated his debut pole in the category, Fontana qualified third ahead of Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix), Williamson, Yelloly, Sims, Kvyat, Korjus and Carlos Sainz (MW Arden).
 
Race 1 will take place at 17.20 GMT later today and promises to be an exciting encounter, will we see a seventh different winner?
 
 
Qualifying
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:44.170
12
2.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:44.224
14
3.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:44.482
13
4.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:44.566
13
5.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
1:44.602
13
6.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:44.619
14
7.
Alexander Sims
Status Grand Prix
1:44.670
14
8.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:44.675
14
9.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:44.685
13
10.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:44.686
14
11.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:44.881
14
12.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:44.945
14
13.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:44.958
12
14.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:45.015
11
15.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:45.073
14
16.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:45.151
13
17.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:45.204
13
18.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:45.260
13
19.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:45.385
13
20.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:45.441
13
21.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:45.469
11
22.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:45.515
13
23.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:46.191
14
24.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:46.675
13
25.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:46.808
15
26.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:47.644
15
27.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:49.033
13

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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

GP3

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