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Neiderhauser barca 2013

NEIDERHAUSER FASTEST ON FINAL BARCA TEST-

Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser fastest in second official pre-season test
 
Swiss driver Patric Niederhauser set a blistering laptime of 1:33.750 which was an impressive 4.2 seconds faster than the best GP3 lap set at the Circuit de Catalunya in 2012. It was another trouble-free test session in Barcelona with the second generation car as the full grid of 27 drivers fought with the mixed weather conditions. Aaro Vainio was quickest in the afternoon for Koiranen GP.
 
Melville McKee replaced Lewis Williamson at Bamboo Engineering which was the only change to the line-up for day two. The first hour of the test was frenetic as the drivers fed onto the track eager to make the most of dry running before the expected rain fell. Jenzer Motorsport made it a one-two with Niederhauser and Alex Fontana topping the timesheets early on with drivers unable to improve as the heavens opened.
 
Jack Harvey stopped on track in his ART Grand Prix car with technical gremlins whilst Nick Cassidy (Marussia Manor Racing) clipped the barrier which caused brief red flags. Carmen Jorda (Bamboo Engineering) and Emanuele Zonzini (Trident) spun off into the gravel trap as the rain pounded down which caused two short interruptions at the close of the morning session.
 
Niederhauser’s quickest time was almost half a second faster than his teammate Fontana with Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing), Cassidy, Giovanni Venturini (Trident), Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden), Harvey, Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix), Dino Zamparelli (Marussia Manor Racing) and Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) rounding out the top ten at the chequered flag.
 
Heavy rain hammered down and the temperature dropped as the afternoon session got underway as the drivers wrestled with the wet conditions. There were a number of red flags in the afternoon session which included Josh Webster, Regalia, Samin Gomez, Zonzini, McKee and Daly who had minor offs as the treacherous weather continued to cause drivers a headache. Daly held top spot in the standings with the Koiranen GP duo of Kevin Korjus and Aaro Vainio second and third as the drivers concentrated on wet weather set-up.
 
Carlos Sainz Jnr (MW Arden) went into the tyre barrier at turn three which had been problematic for a number of drivers, thus causing significant damage to his car which brought the red flag out. In the final part of the session Vainio shot to P1 with Harvey into P2.  Harvey ran off track at the end of the session which meant the session ended under red flag conditions. Therefore Vainio remained at the head of the timings in front of Harvey, Daly, Korjus, Eric Lichtenstein, Regalia, Venturini, Jimmy Eriksson (Status Grand Prix), Nick Yelloly (Carlin) and Zamparelli.
 
Patric Niederhauser commented: “I have so much fun driving the second generation car, it’s very challenging. The speed differential between the GP3/13 and GP3/10 car is immense and I feel there are still improvements to come within the car set-up as this is only the second test. Driver skill is really tested as you have to adapt your driving style to suit the needs and the power of the machine. Fast corners are much trickier to control. Tyre management is even more important this year and it’s the perfect preparation to learn and progress to GP2 and Formula 1.”
 
The final official pre-season test takes place at Silverstone on 03-04 April before the first round gets underway in May at Barcelona.

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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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Niederhauser reigns supreme in Hockenheim-
 
Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser wins in tricky weather conditions-
 
Once again, the rain fell on GP3 but one man wasn’t complaining about that, Patric Niederhauser! The Swiss driver claimed his second win of the 2012 season and once again showed his liking for tricky and changeable weather conditions.
 
After qualifying was run in the dry, the heavens opened upon the Hockenheimring as the drivers were sat on the grid and it was strategic calls that were going to decide this race. With a mad dash on the grid whilst mechanics rushed to change tyres, poleman and local fans favourite Daniel Abt decided to start on slicks as did Series leader Mitch Evans. As the formation lap began, monsoon style rain engulfed the circuit and the race was started behind the safety car.
 
The drivers who had started in slicks all made their way into the pits to change to wets which included Abt, Evans, Antonio Felix Da Costa, David Fumanelli and Silverstone Race 2 winner William Buller. At this point Conor Daly held the lead of the race ahead of Niederhauser and Kevin Ceccon. Evans and Felix Da Costa who had both lost places due to pit stops were down in P17 and P18 at this stage. The red flag was brought out due to the conditions and the drivers waited on the start/line grid for around 15 minutes while the sunshine reappeared and racing could get underway.
 
Robert Visoiu and Alex Brundle both received ten second stop/go penalties as their wheels had not been fitted on the grid three minutes before the race commenced. The race resumed behind the safety car and on lap 8 the action began. Niederhauser was the man on the move as he weighed up Daly’s Lotus GP car and the two raced wheel to wheel through the spray. The Swiss driver grabbed his opportunity and passed the American on the inside to take the lead of the race. Ceccon remained in third with Trident Racing’s newcomer Giovanni Venturini in fourth. Felix Da Costa’s race was brought to an abrupt end with a damaged front left wheel after contact and the Portuguese driver finished in the gravel.
 
Aaro Vainio keen to make up points in the championship was all over the back of Matias Laine’s MW Arden whilst Tio Ellinas fought his way through from the back row of the grid to finish an eventual 11th and set the fastest lap but will not collect two points since he finished outside of the top ten. Series leader Evans also clawed his way through the pack to pick up valuable points.
 
When the chequered flag came out, Niederhauser celebrated his win and a large points haul which moves him up to third place in the standings and places him as the highest rookie. Daly was in second close behind, with Ceccon securing the final spot on the rostrum for Ocean Racing Technology. Venturini achieved his best result of his early GP3 career in P4, ahead of Laine, Vainio, Tamas Pal Kiss, Abt, Evans and Buller.
 
Reverse Pole tomorrow goes to Abt which may be of some consolation to the German after starting from pole today and having hopes for a win in front of his fans.
 
Evans still leads the Drivers Standings but the points advantage have been cut to just 5 points over Vainio. Lotus GP control the Teams Standings over MW Arden.

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Niederhauser claims maiden win in Valencia
 
Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser takes victory in Spain
 
Swiss driver Patric Niederhauser raced to the top of the podium at the Valencia Street Circuit for Race 2 of the 2012 GP3 Series. The Jenzer Motorsport driver started from reverse pole to celebrate a commanding victory, to finish ahead of Lotus GP’s Daniel Abt and Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas.
 
It was Daniel Abt who made the best getaway from third on the grid and he edged past Niederhauser briefly to go P1 down the straight. It was tight between the two with Niederhauser just edging the German driver to regain his lead. Kevin Ceccon (Ocean Racing Technology) dropped to third while Ellinas progressed to P4, passing Matias Laine in the early stages.
 
It was a dramatic first lap for Conor Daly (Lotus GP), Alice Powell (Status Grand Prix) and John Wartique (Atech CRS GP) as the trio were involved in a crash which made it a premature end for all. The incident will be investigated after the race. Mitch Evans (MW Arden) who is celebrating his 18th birthday today got the better of his championship rival Aaro Vainio (Lotus GP) by sneaking in front of him, whilst David Fumanelli lost several positions to fall down the field.
 
Marlon Stockinger (Status Grand Prix) went from P19 to P11 after two laps as the action on track hottened up with a massive battle between Alex Brundle, Dmitry Suranovich and Robert Cregan. Carlin’s Antonio Felix Da Costa started his fightback through the field and soon caught up with his teammate William Buller. The Brit locked up and the Portuguese driver dived through on the inside to make his way into the top 8, along with recording the fastest lap of the race and earning himself two extra points.
 
Meanwhile at the front, Niederhauser maintained his advantage to Abt of 1.5 seconds, with Ceccon and Ellinas further back. The dice between Series rivals Evans and Vainio was back on with the Finn making a sucessful move on the New Zealander, but as the duo caught up with Matias Laine (MW Arden), Vainio overshot his braking point in an attempt to pass his fellow compatriot and in the process lost his place to Evans.
 
All eyes were on the battle for the final place on the rostrum as the race reached its climax. Ceccon had held P3 for the duration of the race, but Ellinas in determined mood, set his sights on third place. It was a very lively final lap with the Cypriot trying to make his move but the Italian shut the door and Ellinas went wide trying to avoid contact with him and the barrier. The Marussia Manor Racing driver clawed back time and on the final corner of the lap, he was alongside the Ocean car and got through on the inside, the pair making wheel to wheel contact which resulted in Ceccon dropping to P5 as they crossed the line to see the chequered flag.
 
Niederhauser recorded his debut win, with Abt achieving his personal best result of the Series in P2. Ellinas secured his maiden rostrum in GP3, to finish ahead of Laine, Ceccon, Evans, Vainio and Felix Da Costa.
 
Evans now has a four point advantage in the Drivers Standings over Vainio, with Abt moving up to third place. MW Arden lead the way in the Teams Standings on 151 with Lotus GP on 139.