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GP3 TESTING DAY 1

Nick Yelloly (Status Grand Prix)

NICK YELLOLY FASTEST ON DAY 1
Status GP’s Yelloly quickest in morning session
British driver Nick Yelloly posted the best time of the day with a 1:35.104 in the morning session, whilst fellow compatriot Alex Lynn (Carlin) recorded the fastest time in the afternoon.
The third and final pre-season test session takes place at the Circuit De Catalunya in Spain. The opening round of the GP3 Series is just three weeks away with the GP3 paddock returning to Barcelona again for the first race of the season; meaning this two day test is vital for the teams and drivers to prepare the correct set-up for qualifying and race trim.
Matheo Tuscher from Switzerland was one new face to the 2014 pre-season testing line-up. The young rookie has previously tested for GP3 back in 2012. The morning session got underway under clear blue skies albeit in fresh conditions. The Carlin trio of Lynn, Luis Sa Silva and Emil Bernstorff were first to take to the track.
It was a quiet start to proceedings in the first hour, with the Status GP duo of Yelloly and Richie Stanaway heading the timings early on. The Kiwi then ran wide avoiding a slower car and stopped off track which brought out the red flag for a short period.
Marussia Manor Racing’s Patrick Kujala was first to lap in the 1m35’s before Lynn snuck into P1 a few hundredths faster. In the final stages of the session, Yelloly regained his place at the top of the standings, with his best efforts almost half a second quicker than Jimmy Eriksson (Koiranen GP) who had moved up to second. Marvin Kirchhofer ended the session in third ahead of Lynn, Stanaway, Kujala, Alex Fontana, Robert Visoiu, Santiago Urrutia and Dino Zamparelli.
Following a two hour break for lunch as the temperature increased, it was Arden International’s Jann Mardenborough who was the early pace-setter. Nelson Mason (Hilmer Motorsport) out-braked himself and stopped in the gravel which saw the session halted. Once the action resumed, Bernstoff clocked the quickest time before his teammate Lynn displaced him by setting the first lap in the 1m35’s of the afternoon session.
Eriksson jumped up to P2, before Tuscher demoted the Swede, lapping half a second shy of Lynn. Kujala found some extra pace to rise back up to second in the timings, one tenth off the Carlin debutant. Trident’s Denis Nagulin had an excursion at Turn 4 which saw the third red flag of the day as the clock ticked down.
Zamparelli progressed up the order to third in the final moments but the red flag brought an early end to the day when Mason went off at Turn 9, therefore the session didn’t resume. At the chequered flag it was Lynn who held top spot, ahead of Kujala, Zamparelli, Tuscher, Bernstorff, Patric Niederhauser, Stanaway, Eriksson, Mardenborough and Pal Varhaug.
The schedule for Day 2 of the test sees the test commence at 09.00 – 12.00 with a one hour break. The afternoon session will begin at 13.00 and end at 16.00.
Morning Results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
1:35.104
22
2.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
1:35.582
24
3.
Marvin Kirchhofer
ART Grand Prix
1:35.590
16
4.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
1:35.716
29
5.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
1:35.718
17
6.
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
1:35.788
21
7.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
1:35.788
15
8.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
1:36.024
21
9.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
1:36.031
19
10.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
1:36.164
13
11.
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
1:36.279
23
12.
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
1:36.375
32
13.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
1:36.387
16
14.
Adderly Fong
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.409
30
15.
Mathéo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.448
19
16.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:36.489
28
17.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
1:36.515
23
18.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.538
23
19.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
1:36.591
22
20.
Roman De Beer
Trident
1:37.015
23
21.
Alfonso Celis Jr
Status Grand Prix
1:37.035
27
22.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:37.087
25
23.
Ivan Taranov
Hilmer Motorsport
1:37.262
34
24.
Victor Carbone
Trident
1:37.294
25
25.
Denis Nagulin
Trident
1:38.268
21
26.
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
1:41.406
25
 
Afternoon Results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
1:35.663
33
2.
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
1:35.851
32
3.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
1:36.082
29
4.
Matheo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.280
32
5.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
1:36.358
36
6.
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
1:36.401
30
7.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
1:36.469
35
8.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
1:36.510
23
9.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
1:36.513
30
10.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.513
21
11.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
1:36.557
29
12.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
1:36.626
32
13.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:36.891
13
14.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
1:37.102
31
15.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
1:37.147
14
16.
Adderly Fong
Jenzer Motorsport
1:37.423
29
17.
Roman De Beer
Trident
1:37.591
30
18.
Victor Carbone
Trident
1:37.591
35
19.
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
1:37.864
27
20.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
1:38.044
43
21.
Marvin Kirchhofer
ART Grand Prix
1:38.070
24
22.
Denis Nagulin
Trident
1:38.167
28
23.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:38.450
31
24.
Ivan Taranov
Hilmer Motorsport
1:38.983
33
25.
Alfonso Celis Jr
Status Grand Prix
1:38.989
38
26.
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
1:41.076
14

Motorsports Mondial

 

Happy Yelloly

Brit Grit. Nick Yelloly fended off a late race challenge from Jules Bianchi to give Comtec team first race victory since 2009.

Surprise winner in season opener at Aragon. Jules Bianchi is close second. Great drives from Kevin Magnussen and Robin Frijns.

Great qualifying position from front row, opening lap mayhem and a determined drive all helped 21-year-old English driver Nick Yelloly to win the opening round of the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 at Motorland Aragon in Spain.

Arthur Pic, brother of F1 racer Charles, grabbed pole position for DAMS after being the pace setter in practice with Yelloly starting second for Comtec.

Row two had two of the favorites for the championship; Estonian Kevin Korjus with Tech 1 and Kiwi Richie Stanaway for Lotus, aka ART.

The second Tech 1 car driven by Ferrari young driver and Force India reserve driver Jules Bianchi was fifth on the grid; American Jake Rosenzweig was sixth for Czech ISR team.

Californian Alexander Rossi, last year third in the championship, qualified 13th with his new team for this season, Arden.

Crash & Casualties

The start was not kind to second row starters. Stanaway stalled and was then hit by the BVM Target car of Italian Giovanni Venturini. Korjus also struggled and while still on the opening lap was involved in a crash which would lead to his retirement and also for Rossi and Swiss Draco driver Nico Muller.

California Cool. Alexander Rossi’s focus is on winning the championship this season after finishing third last year behind Robert Wickens and Jean-Eric Vergne.

Yelloly had grabbed the lead from Pic at the start and was able to maintain his position four laps later after the safety car period was over. Another four laps later pole sitter Pic was out after a collision with Rosenzweig.

The leading trio of Yelloly, Colombian Carlos Huertas and Bianchi pulled away from rest of the field. On lap 16 Bianchi passed the Fortec car of Huertas and began to hunt down race leader Yelloly.

Bianchi brought the gap down to half a second but was not able to make the pass on Yelloly to take the lead, finally settling for second. Huertas’ late race engine woes allowed young Dane Kevin Magnussen grab final spot on the podium.

Frijns benefit. With two championships in past two years Dutchman Robin Frijns is looking for a three-peat in his rookie Formula Renault 3.5 season.

Fortec’s Dutchman Robin Frijns, the quickest driver in pre-season testing, was 17th at the end of the opening lap but charged up the field to finish an excellent fourth. Teammate Huertas was able to salvage a top five finish.

View from the top

The podium finishers as quoted on www.worldseriesbyrenault.fr

Nick Yelloly: “I made the perfect start, something we’d worked on a lot in pre-season testing. The safety car allowed me to save my DRS till the end of the race, though I had to make sure I didn’t make a mistake when Jules Bianchi started to come back at me. It’s a relief to start the season with a win. It takes a lot of pressure off, and it’s great for Comtec Racing, who haven’t won for a long time.”

Jules Bianchi: “It was all happening at the start. I locked a front wheel and brushed against Nick, and then I had trouble getting past Carlos Huertas. I managed it in the end and then went after Nick. I was pretty confident because my tyres were in good condition, but the only thing was I lost engine power at the end. Nick drove the perfect race, so congratulations to him and thanks to my team. This is a good way to start the championship.”

Kevin Magnussen: “You don’t expect to get on the podium when you start in 19th. I picked up a lot of places in the first few laps because there were cars going in all directions. I need to work on qualifying because we won’t run this well in every race. Our race pace was very good, though.”

Race two is on Sunday.

 

— Nasir Hameed.

 

All photos courtesy of World Series by Renault.