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Patric Niederhauser (MW Arden)

NIEDERHAUSER QUICKEST ON FINAL DAY OF POST-SEASON TESTING—

Swiss ace Patric Niederhauser clocked the best time on the third and final day of post-season testing at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. ART Grand Prix’s Oliver Rowland topped the morning session. Niederhauser’s personal best, a 1:55.372 was a tenth quicker than the fastest time from the morning test.
 
There were three new faces to the last day of the test: Levin Amweg and Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum – both for Jenzer Motorsport and Saeed Al Mehairi (Trident).
 
Jack Hawksworth (Status Grand Prix) was the early pace setter until Rowland who had made the switch to ART Grand Prix surged to the front. Fellow ART Grand Prix tester Alex Fontana shot into P2, whilst Rowland was the first to lap in the 1m55’s.
 
There was a short stoppage when Al Maktoum spun but the session quickly resumed. Rowland bettered his personal best by two tenths to increase his advantage at the top, whilst Patric Niederhauser who had moved to the MW Arden squad for the last day snuck into P2. As the clock ticked down, nobody was able to beat the best laptime of 1:55.467 posted by Rowland.
 
After the two and half hour session, the chequered flag was waved with the top ten as Rowland, Niederhauser, Fontana, Hawksworth, Emil Bernstorff and Jan Mardenborough (both MW Arden), Dino Zamparelli and Melville McKee with (Marussia Manor Racing), Jimmy Eriksson (ART Grand Prix) and Nick Cassidy (Status Grand Prix).
 
Following GP2’s turn on track since the Series’ are sharing the test sessions, the afternoon test got underway and once again it was Rowland who headed the timesheets early doors. The top three spots were held by ART Grand Prix as Fontana and Eriksson slotted into second and third. At the midway point Cassidy was on the move into P2, until Niederhauser bettered his time by three hundredths of a second.
 
With 30 minutes remaining Dean Stoneman (Koiranen GP) disposed of Rowland’s P1 with Eriksson rising up to second, but Rowland found some extra pace to reclaim his position at the head of the timesheet by a mere 0.008s. However, Niederhauser had other plans and knocked the Brit off the top spot with 15 mins left on the clock.
 
The second red flag occurred at the close of play with Al Maktoum spinning at Turn 2. This gave the 27 drivers one chance for a hot lap and it was Niederhauser who held on to claim top spot at the chequered flag. Rowland was second, two tenths off, ahead of Stoneman, Eriksson, McKee, Mardenborough, Bernstorff, Fontana, Cassidy and Hawksworth.
 
Today concludes the end of post-season testing, GP3 Series will be back early next year ready for its fifth season – time flies!
Day 3 Test – Morning Session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Oliver Rowland
ART Grand Prix
1:55.467
30
2.
Patric Niederhauser
MW Arden
1:55.827
23
3.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
1:56.043
28
4.
Jack Hawksworth
Status Grand Prix
1:56.096
20
5.
Emil Bernstorff
MWArden
1:56.118
25
6.
Jan Mardenborough
MW Arden
1:56.148
25
7.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:56.238
28
8.
Melville McKee
Marussia Manor Racing
1:56.287
29
9.
Jimmy Eriksson
ART Grand Prix
1:56.436
21
10.
Nick Cassidy
Status Grand Prix
1:56.563
17
11.
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
1:56.638
10
12.
Marvin Kirchhofer
RUSSIAN TIME
1:56.662
22
13.
David Fumanelli
Jenzer Motorsport
1:56.718
23
14.
Nicholas Latifi
Carlin
1:56.730
26
15.
Juan Branger
Trident
1:56.925
37
16.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:56.989
24
17.
Markus Pommer
RUSSIAN TIME
1:57.026
24
18.
Robert Cregan
Trident
1:57.294
26
19.
Lewin Amweg
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.447
33
20.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:57.804
20
21.
Gustavo Menezes
Status Grand Prix
1:58.023
32
22.
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
1:58.562
18
23.
Ivan Taranov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:58.630
26
24.
David Pittard
Carlin
1:58.826
27
25.
Saeed Al Mehairi
Trident
1:59.098
24
26.
Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum
Jenzer Motorsport
2:02.505
24
Day 3 Test – Afternoon Session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Patric Niederhauser
MW Arden
1:55.372
26
2.
Oliver Rowland
ART Grand Prix
1:55.557
26
3.
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
1:55.565
14
4.
Jimmy Eriksson
ART Grand Prix
1:55.598
24
5.
Melville McKee
Marussia Manor Racing
1:55.640
21
6.
Jan Mardenborough
MW Arden
1:55.721
32
7.
Emil Bernstorff
MW Arden
1:55.789
28
8.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
1:55.848
30
9.
Nick Cassidy
Status Grand Prix
1:55.851
32
10.
Jack Hawksworth
Status Grand Prix
1:55.991
28
11.
Markus Pommer
RUSSIAN TIME
1:56.063
33
12.
David Fumanelli
Jenzer Motorsport
1:56.122
24
13.
Nicholas Latifi
Carlin
1:56.354
31
14.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:56.379
26
15.
Marvin Kirchhofer
RUSSIAN TIME
1:56.525
11
16.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:56.703
21
17.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:57.024
32
18.
Ivan Taranov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:57.136
30
19.
Robert Cregan
Trident
1:57.255
20
20.
Levin Amweg
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.601
18
21.
Gustavo Menezes
Status Grand Prix
1:57.734
29
22.
David Pittard
Carlin
1:58.381
25
23.
Juan Branger
Trident
1:59.088
23
24.
Saeed Al Mehairi
Trident
1:59.310
12
25.
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
2:00.571
25
26.
Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum