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Dean Stoneman (Koiranen GP)

STONEMAN QUICKEST ON DAY 1 OF POST SEASON TESTING—

The 2013 GP3 race season may be over but the action resumed in Abu Dhabi with three days of post-season testing. Dean Stoneman who stormed to a podium in Sunday’s Race 2 at the Yas Marina Circuit led the way in both the morning and afternoon sessions with a best laptime of 1:55.829
 
Carlin’s Jan Mardenborough was first onto the track in the morning session which saw a full line-up of 27 cars taking part in the test. The British driver lapped in the 1m57’s with Adderly Fong (Koiranen GP) topping the timesheets early on. There was a short delay covered by the red flags when David Fumanelli made light contact with the barrier at Turn 8 in the Jenzer Motorsport car.
 
As the clock ticked down and the session continued, the times tumbled and it was Stoneman who shot to P1 and headed into the 1m56’s bracket. Dino Zamparelli testing for the MW Arden outfit was a few tenths off the Koiranen GP driver, with Alex Fontana in the ART Grand Prix machine third.
 
GP3 Series welcomed RUSSIAN TIME to the tests – the team who’ve replaced Bamboo Engineering and they had experience at the helm in the form of Sam Bird who was on hand for some development tests. The Brit was consistent and in the top four with Kevin Korjus (Status Grand Prix) just behind.
 
At the chequered flag, it was Stoneman, Patric Niederhauser, Zamparelli, Bird and Korjus. Jan Mardenborough was the highest placed rookie in sixth place, ahead of Melville McKee, Alex Fontana, Roman de Beer and Emil Bernstorff.
 
Following GP2’s turn on track, GP3 resumed to track activity for the afternoon session. The red flags were waved for a stoppage on track with Kevin Joerg’s stricken car. ART Grand Prix’s Pierre Gasly shot to the top of the timings, first to break into the 1m55’s and remained on top for an hour until Marussia Manor Racing’s Oliver Rowland lapped a few hundredths quicker to steal P1. As the test drew to a close, fastest man from this morning Stoneman was back on it…and clocked the best time of the day to end the day on top.
 
With a few clouds appearing and light wind, the temperatures were slightly cooler as the session continued. At the chequered flag it finished as Stoneman, Gasly (fastest rookie), Rowland, Bird, Korjus, Fontana, Marvin Kirchhofer, Mardenborough, de Beer and Nick Cassidy.
 
Day 2 of testing for GP3 will run with the same schedule as today with the morning test at 09.00 – 11.30 and the afternoon 15.00 – 17.30 (local times).
Day 1 Test – Morning Session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
1:56.278
18
2.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:56.584
19
3.
Dino Zamparelli
MW Arden
1:56.649
18
4.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:56.711
16
5.
Kevin Korjus
Status Grand Prix
1:56.837
16
6.
Jan Mardenborough
Carlin
1:56.858
22
7.
Melville McKee
Marussia Manor Racing
1:56.921
25
8.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
1:56.927
20
9.
Roman de Beer
Trident
1:56.986
27
10.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
1:57.067
24
11.
Pierre Gasly
ART Grand Prix
1:57.198
19
12.
Marvin Kirchhofer
MW Arden
1:57.211
20
13.
Oliver Rowland
Marussia Manor Racing
1:57.430
12
14.
Edward Jones
MW Arden
1:57.511
16
15.
Jimmy Eriksson
RUSSIAN TIME
1:57.635
8
16.
Adderly Fong
Koiranen GP
1:57.665
20
17.
Emanuele Zonzini
ART Grand Prix
1:57.670
19
18.
David Fumanelli
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.881
15
19.
Jordan King
Status Grand Prix
1:57.883
5
20.
Nick Cassidy
Status Grand Prix
1:58.023
19
21.
Nicholas Latifi
Carlin
1:58.349
21
22.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
1:58.701
21
23.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:58.771
26
24.
Kevin Joerg
Jenzer Motorsport
1:59.080
26
25.
Ivan Taranov
Trident
1:59.225
27
26.
Juan Branger
Trident
2.02.334
20
27.
Kuba Dalewski
RUSSIAN TIME
2:03.730
6
Day 1 Test – Afternoon Session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
1:55.829
25
2.
Pierre Gasly
ART Grand Prix
1:55.940
29
3.
Oliver Rowland
Marussia Manor Racing
1:55.967
17
4.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:56.028
27
5.
Kevin Korjus
Status Grand Prix
1:56.419
24
6.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
1:56.432
25
7.
Marvin Kirchhofer
MW Arden
1:56.468
26
8.
Jan Mardenborough
Carlin
1:56.469
33
9.
Roman de Beer
Trident
1:56.549
23
10.
Nick Cassidy
Status Grand Prix
1:56..603
16
11.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:56.614
24
12.
Dino Zamparelli
MW Arden
1:56.628
25
13.
Adderly Fong
Koiranen GP
1:56.653
25
14.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
1:56.678
33
15.
Edward Jones
MW Arden
1:56.845
23
16.
Jimmy Eriksson
RUSSIAN TIME
1:56.904
28
17.
Emanuele Zonzini
ART Grand Prix
1:57.019
29
18.
Melville McKee
Marussia Manor Racing
1:57.247
23
19.
David Fumanelli
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.269
20
20.
Jordan King
Status Grand Prix
1:57.274
26
21.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
1:57.295
22
22.
Nicholas Latifi
Carlin
1:57.381
30
23.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:57.675
25
24.
Ivan Taranov
Trident
1:57.978
30
25.
Juan Branger
Trident
1:58.652
34
26.
Kevin Joerg
Jenzer Motorsport
1:58.798
14
27.
Kuba Dalewski
RUSSIAN TIME
1:59.116
30

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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.

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Koiranen Motorsports

VAINIO, KORJUS AND KUJALA COMPLETE KOIRANEN GP LINE-UP…

Aaro Vainio, Kevin Korjus and Patrick Kujala join Finnish outfit

Koiranen GP, the Finnish team based in Barcelona, will be competing in GP3 series for its first season in few months. Three drivers will be joining the team to contend the 2013 GP3 championship.

Kevin Korjus (Estonian), 20, will return to the team who carried him to the 2010 Eurocup title. He will move from WSR Formula Renault 3.5 after two impressive years.

Aaro Vainio (Finnish), 19, GP3 series 2012 Monaco winner will be back to the championship with Koiranen GP. Vainio was in the GP3 title hunt until the final race weekend last season and finished fourth overall in the Series.

Patrick Kujala (Finnish), 16, will be back on board with Koiranen GP and completing the GP3 series line-up. The team’s youngest driver steps directly from Formula Renault 2.0, competing in Eurocup and crowned 2012 ALPS Rookie champion.

Afa Heikkinen comments, Entering GP3 series is a major challenge for us, but we are confident we can do the job. We have the right people and good drivers, I believe we can challenge front runners in the course of the season. However, we have no illusions, we know it won’t be easy.”

Pre-season testing for the upcoming year will begin on February 20th in Estoril, with the first round taking place in Barcelona in May.