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Robert Visoiu

Visoiu blazes to victory in Budapest Race 2 – 
 
MW Arden take 1-2 finish with Robert Visoiu and Carlos Sainz
 
Lights-to-flag! Robert Visoiu made the most of his reverse pole and controlled Race 2 in Budapest, soaking up the pressure after the safety car was deployed meaning a final two lap dash. It was a great day for MW Arden with the team recording first and second with teammate Carlos Sainz in P2. Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus was third.
 
Reverse pole-man Visoiu made a good getaway whilst Korjus was slow away at the start which gave Sainz the opportunity to pounce and pass the Estonian. The Spaniard was all over Visoiu going into Turn 1, but the Romanian defended well and squeezed the MW Arden rookie to the outside allowing Korjus back into second.
 
By the end of lap one Sainz had re-passed Korjus into second position with Visoiu gathering his pace to hold a small advantage. ART Grand Prix’s Facu Regalia and Jack Harvey held fourth and fifth whilst Race 1 winner Aaro Vainio (Koiranen GP) lost three places at the start.
 
Jenzer Motorsport’s Alex Fontana had a premature end to his race after spinning out on the opening lap, whilst contact between Marussia Manor Racing’s Ryan Cullen and Trident’s Emanuele Zonzini also meant they retired early with damage to their cars.
 
Meanwhile at the front of the race, Visoiu began to stretch his lead to over four seconds, with a two second gap between Sainz and Korjus. Trident’s Giovanni Venturini began attacking Harvey for P5 whilst Series leader Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) spent most of his race behind Status Grand Prix’s Jimmy Eriksson in the fight for P10.
 
Contact between Bamboo Engineering teammates Melville McKee and Lewis Williamson meant an unfortunate end to their races and due to the damage to their stricken cars, the safety car was deployed with four laps remaining. Once the race was re-started there were two laps for everyone to push and again Visoiu controlled his lead and pulled a vital deficit to Sainz and co.
 
Ellinas made up a position when Eriksson ran wide on the final lap, the Cypriot finished P10 but outside of the points. Therefore after eight consecutive points finishes for the Series leader, this weekend the Marussia Manor Racing driver leaves Budapest with no extra points to his tally.
 
Regalia did everything he could to steal the final spot on the rostrum, harassing Korjus but the Estonian defended off the Argentine’s efforts to take another podium result. Visoiu crossed the chequered flag 4.1s in front of Sainz, the Spaniard achieving his best result of his GP3 campaign. Korjus, Regalia, Harvey, Venturini, Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) and Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) completed the top eight points scorers.
 
The championship battle is down to just one point with Ellinas on 91 and his closest challenger Regalia on 90. It’s also tight behind them with Vainio, Harvey and Korjus all on 75 points. ART Grand Prix hold the lead in the Teams Standings on 236, with MW Arden moving into second place on 157 and Koiranen GP into third on 150.
 
GP3 now enjoys a summer break, with Round 6 at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit scheduled for 23-25 August.
Budapest – Race 2
Driver
Team
1.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
2.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
3.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
4.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
5.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
6.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
7.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
8.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
9.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
10.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
11.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
12.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
13.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
14.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
15.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
16.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
17.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
18.
David Fumanelli
Trident
19.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
20.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
21.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
22.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
23.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin

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MW Arden’s Kevin Ceccon fastest on day one in Spain…
 
Italian driver Kevin Ceccon posted the fastest laptime on the opening day of the Jerez test with a 1:35.451, nearly half a second quicker than Lotus GP’s Robert Visoiu in the morning. Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas topped the timesheets in a very wet afternoon session.
 
After a six week break since the 2012 GP3 Series season finished in dramatic style, the GP3/10 cars roared back into action for the first of two winter tests. The GP3 circus arrived in Jerez, Spain for a two day test with many new faces hoping to impress to secure a potential drive for the 2013 season.
 
Six drivers from this year’s season were testing today but not all were competing with the same outfit they had raced with. Ceccon took the reigns of the MW Arden machine whilst Visoiu and Giovanni Venturini switched to the black and gold of the Lotus GP car.
 
The morning session started off in cool conditions with rain threatening over the Circuito de Jerez. The drivers made their way onto the track to set the installation laps with the experienced drivers of Ceccon, David Fumanelli (MW Arden) and Ellinas setting the early pace. Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) headed the timings after the first hour with debutants Melville McKee (MW Arden), Roman De Beer (Trident Racing) and Jack Harvey (Lotus GP) in the top eight.
 
Australian Jordan Oon spun his Atech CRS GP car which caused the morning session to be briefly red flagged whilst  Ceccon got to grips with the MW Arden car to go P1 with a best laptime of 1:35.451. Visoiu jumped up to P2 in the final thirty minutes to finish ahead of Ellinas, Fumanelli, McKee, Fontana, Nick Cassidy (Status Grand Prix) and Nicolas Costa (Marussia Manor Racing).
 
Heavy rain fell as the afternoon session commenced and Polish rookie Patryk Szczerbinski (Marussia Manor Racing) set the marker in the early stages until his teammates Ellinas and Costa posted P1 and P2 as the rain came down even harder. This gave the drivers the opportunity to test the GP3 car in full wet conditions after the earlier dry session.
 
Fontana rose to P3 ahead of Miki Monras (Atech CRS GP) whilst Harvey and Ceccon climbed up to P2 and P3 respectively in the final thirty minutes. However the rest of the pack were unable to beat the Cypriot’s fastest laptime of the afternoon of 1:47.520. Harvey, Ceccon, Costa, Fontana, Monras, Visoiu and Eric Lichtenstein (Carlin) rounding out the top eight.