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GP2

Mitch Evans

Berthon cruises to Budapest sprint win – 
 
Frenchman leads from lights to flag
 
Nathanaël Berthon has claimed his maiden GP2 victory in fine style, leading his rivals from pole to flag with a mature drive to win this morning’s sprint race in Budapest by over two seconds from Mitch Evans and Fabio Leimer.
 
The result was set up at the start: when the lights went out Berthon made a solid start, with Evans pulling away from the other side of the front row in formation, while behind them Leimer made a great start from P6 to be third at the first corner. Marcus Ericsson renewed hostilities with Felipe Nasr from yesterday by jumping past the Brazilian, with the pair making short work of passing Simon Trummer and Stéphane Richelmi as the field headed down the hill from the front straight.
 
But there was chaos behind them as everyone looked for space, with Sergio Canamasas and Daniel de Jong coming together out of the first turn: the Dutchman spun into Johnny Cecotto while Adrian Quaife-Hobbs had nowhere to go but into the Spaniard, with the resulting damage leading to a safety car period to remove the stricken cars.
 
One lap later the race ran live, with Berthon making a strong restart to hold his lead before heading away as he set a string of fastest laps to build a lead to last all race. Behind him Evans’ engineer was pushing for caution, however, knowing that 28 laps at the Hungaroring is long, and hard on tyres.
 
With the race running down, everyone picked up the pace around lap 20, and the question on everyone’s lips was whether Berthon would be able to respond: Evans started to close the gap, but the Frenchman was able to pick up enough pace to offset some of the losses, and although the New Zealander cut a few seconds out of him lead, Berthon held on to easily win by 2.2 seconds, with Leimer 11 seconds further back in third.
 
Ericsson drove another mature race to pick up points for fourth, while Nasr fell away from the Swede in the second half of the race but hung on from James Calado for fifth, while Trummer had a lonely race for P7 when Sam Bird dropped away in the closing laps, but still clung on for the final point in eighth.
 
Despite a tough weekend with no hint of points on offer, Stefano Coletti will nevertheless be delighted to head into the August break with the lead in the championship in his pocket, on 135 points from Nasr on 129, while Leimer closed in on 110 points, ahead of Bird on 92 and Calado on 90. Carlin eased away from Rapax in the Teams’ title, 193 points to 153, with RUSSIAN TIME on 143 points, Racing Engineering on 132 and DAMS on 121 ahead of the next round in Spa-Francorchamps.
Budapest – Sprint Race
Driver
Team
1.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
2.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
3.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
4.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
5.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
6.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
7.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
8.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
9.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
10.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
11.
Tom Dillmann
Rapax
12.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
13.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
14.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
15.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
16.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
17.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
18.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
19.
Ricardo Teixeira
Trident Racing
20.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
21.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
Not Classified
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
Adiran Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
Fastest Lap: Jon Lancaster (Hilmer Motorsport) – 1:32.056on lap 8

GP2

Bird storms to victory Silverstone

Bird storms to victory in home feature race-
 
Briton delights Silverstone fans in dramatic event…
 
Sam Bird brought more cheer to the already ecstatic home fans with a dominant run to victory in this afternoon’s feature race in Silverstone. The Englishman looked unstoppable as he eased away from his rivals to take an emotional win from Stephane Richelmi and teammate Thom Dillman.
 
The one moment which didn’t go to plan for Bird was the start, when he was slow off the line and could only watch as Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr tore away as the lights went out. But it was only a few corners before the pair tripped over each other, which cleared the way for Bird to lead Stefano Coletti past the pair, with Richelmi, Mitch Evans and James Calado following behind them.
 
Ericsson was all over the back of Coletti as the latter headed into the pits on lap 6, along with Nasr and Calado, forcing the Swede and Bird to come in next time by to cover: the Briton was easily out ahead, while Ericsson saw Coletti blast by upon his return to the circuit on his way to the fastest lap of the race so far, 1 second faster than Bird and closing fast.
 
The problem for Bird was that he had to overtake drivers who hadn’t yet stopped, drawing attention to the battle behind them which made the Monegasque driver’s job substantially easier, and when Richelmi finally pitted from the lead, he emerging right behind his countryman on fresher tyres and looking for more. But he wasn’t the only one with his eye on a podium.
 
Evans emerged from his late stop into the same battle, and looked to have come out on top when he blasted by the Monaco pairing, only to have to give way for a stop go penalty for speeding in the pitlane. Richelmi’s fresher tyres showed when he blew past his countryman at Club on lap 19 and headed off in a futile chase after Bird, just as Thom Dillmann finally pitted from the lead.
 
With fresher rubber than anyone, the Frenchman made mincemeat of his rivals and was soon hounding Coletti for the final podium spot: the points leader made a brave attempt at holding on, confounding Dillmann until just two laps to the end, when a huge lock up in Club saw Coletti run deep and the Frenchman through and, to rub salt into the wound, a coming together with Fabio Leimer a few corners put Coletti out of the race entirely.
 
With everything shaken out, all eyes turned back to race winner Bird, who eased off to cross the line 2.4 seconds ahead of Richelmi, with teammate Dillmann leading Leimer, John Lancaster and Jolyon Palmer across the line, with Rio Haryanto claiming P7 from Julian Leal, an embattled James Calado and Alexander Rossi back to the pitlane, with Bird reflecting Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton’s earlier pole position in F1 to make it an all English Saturday at Silverstone.
 
Silverstone – Feature race
 
Driver
Team
1.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
2.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
3.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
5.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
6.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
7.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
8.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
9.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
10.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
11.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
12.
Adiran Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
13.
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
14.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
15.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
16.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
17.
Johnny Cecotto
Ardent International
18.
Fabrizio Crestani
Venezuela GP Lazarus
19.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
20.
Nathanael Berthon
Trident Racing
21.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
22.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
23.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
24.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
 
Not Classified
 
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
 
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
 
 
 
Fastest Lap : Mitch Evans (Arden International) – 1:41.832 on lap 22

GP2

MITCH EVANS

NEW ZEALANDER REMAINS WITH ARDEN INTERNATIONAL AS HE STEPS UP TO THE GP2 FOR 2013

The 18 year old, won the 2012 GP3 Championship with MW Arden, scoring 3 wins, 4 poles and 6 podiums over the season. Evans entered onto the European circuit in 2010 with MW Arden in the GP3 Series and finished 9th. In 2010 he won the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand, with 3 wins, 8 poles and 10 podiums at only 16 years old.

Arden, Sporting Director, Julian Rouse, comments: “We are delighted to have Mitch move up to GP2 and stay with the Arden team. We have a great relationship with him, and have seen him grow in the last two years in a Championship that was created to bring great drivers into GP2 Series. We tested Mitch at the Barcelona and Jerez tests at the end of last year and were encouraged by his performance  especially as he was in the top 10 with drivers who have several years GP2 experience. Also with everyone at Arden knowing Mitch so well, I am sure we can develop him as a front running GP2 driver very quickly and efficiently.”

Mitch Evans comments: “Firstly I’d like the thank Arden for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to drive with them in GP2 after two greats years in GP3, I want to thank Mark Webber and Ann Neal and everyone behind the scenes that have made this possible, I am hugely grateful for the chance to race in the GP2 series. I have full trust in the team that they will give me the best opportunity to have a successful rookie season. I can not wait for the season to get underway.”

Arden International Press Release

GP3

MITCH EVANS ASSISTS WITH GP3 TYRE DEVELOPMENT AND GETS FIRST TASTE OF GP2 

Reigning GP3 Series Champion Mitch Evans got behind the wheel of the eagerly anticipated GP3/13 car today for a two-day development test session at the Magny-Cours circuit in France. GP3 organisers decided that as part of winning the title, the newly crowned Champion would get the opportunity to experience a first taste of the second generation GP3 car by undertaking some development testing. On top of this, a test in the GP2 development car was also awarded, thus giving Evans the chance to drive both cars.
GP3 Series Champion Mitch Evans said: “I’m very happy to be given this opportunity. The new car is really fun to drive. It’s a big step-up in power. I think GP3 have also done a really good job with the engine. The sound of the GP3/13 is really nice. When you exit the pits you notice the difference straight away with the noise, especially as it’s so much louder. I think all in all it’s a good step forward for the GP3 Series, with moving closer to GP2. Next year looks very promising with the second generation car.”
The New Zealander has quite an important programme to cover during the two-day test session which targets tyre development.
Evans commented: “It’s a great experience, obviously it’s very new to me. I can’t thank GP3, GP2 and Pirelli enough for giving me this opportunity to do it. We have tested lots of new tyres today so it’s been like a massive qualifying session for me which has been very challenging but also good fun. It will be very interesting to see how the tyres perform over the longer runs. I want to make the most of this over the two day test and to learn as much as possible.”

GP3

Ellinas wins as Mitch Evans becomes Champion
 
Mitch Evans – GP3 Series 2012 Champion! The final round of the 2012 season was a weekend you could not script. Ahead of Race 2, only one man could stop the New Zealander claiming the GP3 Series crown and that was Daniel Abt, who had to win the race with a no score from Evans to steal the honours. The German was leading whilst Evans had a problematic race but with a few laps remaining, Marussia Manor Racing driver Tio Ellinas romped home to his debut victory after passing the Lotus GP driver in the Series which clinched the title for the MW Arden driver in a nail-biting finish.
 
Giovanni Venturini (Trident Racing) started form reverse pole and made a clean getaway to maintain position. David Fumanelli went wide at the first chicane as did Evans in a repeat of yesterday’s Race 1. The Series leader was on the move, after starting from P25 on the grid, he was up to P12 within a few laps.
 
Lewis Williamson (Status Grand Prix) and Vicky Piria (Trident Racing) were early casualties at the first chicane whilst Abt made the jump from P8 to P4. The rookie then began picking his rivals off, first Marlon Stockinger and then Fumanelli to go P2.
 
Evans knew what job he had to do, pick up two points for fastest lap by getting into P10 and he did it. At that point the trophy was his but he ran wide over a kerb and picked up a puncture which then caused him to visit the gravel trap. The MW Arden pitted for new tyres and got back into the race near the back of the field. The fight was on at the front with Ellinas and Abt duelling for the lead who both passed Venturini, with victory a must for the German. The top three were packed close together with Ellinas looking perilously quick.
 
Abt passed the Cypriot and was on course for achieving the title, but Ellinas wasn’t ready to give in and with two laps to go, regained the lead and was able to defend the challenge from the Lotus GP driver to take the chequered flag and finish his season on a high. With Abt scoring 12 points, Evans triumphed with a two point advantage in the Series, after finishing in 20th after a disastrous race for the New Zealander but he will be lifting the GP3 Series crown aloft this evening.
 
Venturini pocketed third place, his best result of the season and maiden podium, ahead of Stockinger, Antonio Felix Da Costa, Matias Laine (who spun at the end of the race losing a few positions) and Robert Visoiu. Alice Powell for Status Grand Prix came home in eighth, achieving her first point finish of the season, a happy end to the year for her and becomes the first female driver to score points in the history of the GP3 Series.
 
The season has ended with a flourish and GP3 Series will be back next season, ready to entertain the fans and showcase the emerging talent with the new GP3/13 car. Roll on 2013!

GP3

Mitch Evans one step nearer to title with Monza pole
Mitch Evans has one hand on the GP3 Series championship trophy after flying to pole position in Qualifying today for Round 8 of the 2012 season. Series rival Antonio Felix Da Costa (Carlin) was just 0.020s shy of the New Zealander with David Fumanelli of MW Arden in third.
Gorgeous weather set the scene in the Monza paddock ahead of GP3 Qualifying on the day where the GP3 Series crown can be clinched. There was a flurry of action in the pitlane as the drivers ventured onto the circuit to set their installation laps and then the pace intensified. Tio Ellinas was first to set a hot lap, with Evans and William Buller also topping the timesheets in the early part of the 30 minute session.
Kevin Ceccon (Ocean Racing Technology) damaged his front wing when contact was made with the back of Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport). At the midway point of qualifying, Felix Da Costa posted the fastest time with Ellinas and Buller close in pursuit. With four minutes remaining on the clock, the Series leader went quickest by seven tenths of second, showing he meant business in his fight to pocket the extra four points on offer for the coveted pole position.
But Felix Da Costa wasn’t ready to let the MW Arden ace have it all his own way and went P2, nearly matching the New Zealander’s best efforts. The top two in the championship will start from the front row together in the season finale, with all eyes on becoming GP3 Series Champion.
Fumanelli in front of his home supporters, claimed P3, one of his best qualifying sessions of the year, ahead of teammate Matias Laine and Ellinas. Tamas Pal Kiss finished P6 but has a ten place grid penalty after practice, therefore he will drop to P16. Buller, Daniel Abt, Conor Daly and Niederhauser rounded out the top ten.
Race 1 takes place at 17.20 CET later today where Evans can become Champion this afternoon if he finishes first or second as he has a 25.5 points advantage over Felix Da Costa, make sure you don’t miss it!
Qualifying – Monza
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Mitch Evans
MW Arden
1:43.542
14
2.
Antonio Felix Da Costa
Carlin
1:43.562
15
3.
David Fumanelli
MW Arden
1:43.897
15
4.
Matias Laine
MW Arden
1:43.903
14
5.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:44.105
14
6.
Tamas Pal Kiss*
Atech CRS GP
1:44.186
14
7.
William Buller
Carlin
1:44.273
14
8.
Daniel Abt
Lotus GP
1:44.371
14
9.
Conor Daly
Lotus GP
1:44.433
14
10.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:44.452
13
11.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident Racing
1:44.516
14
12.
Robert Visoiu
Jenzer Motorsport
1:44.600
13
13.
Aaro Vainio
Lotus GP
1:44.668
14
14.
Dmitry Suranovich
Marussia Manor Racing
1:44.860
14
15.
Robert Cregan
Ocean Racing Technology
1:44.903
14
16.
Marlon Stockinger
Status Grand Prix
1:44.943
14
17.
Lewis Williamson
Status Grand Prix
1:44.960
14
18.
Fabiano Machado
Marussia Manor Racing
1:45.030
15
19.
Alex Brundle
Carlin
1:45.056
14
20.
John Wartique
Atech CRS GP
1:45.165
14
21.
Kevin Ceccon
Ocean Racing Technology
1:45.213
14
22.
Alice Powell
Status Grand Prix
1:45.303
15
23.
Vicky Piria
Trident Racing
1:45.659
14
24.
Ethan Ringel
Atech CRS GP
1:46.911
14
25.
Carmen Jorda
Ocean Racing Technology
1:49.400
12
*10 place grid penalty