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Tio Ellinas GP3 test 2013

TIO ELLINAS ON TOP AT SILVERSTONE
Tio Ellinas recorded the fastest time in the afternoon session on day one of the official pre-season test at the Northamptonshire circuit. The Cypriot’s quickest time of 1:46.211 was 3.9 seconds quicker than the previous GP3 record set by Mitch Evans here in 2012 with the first generation car. Carlos Sainz Jnr set the best time in the morning session.
 
Very chilly temperatures greeted the GP3 paddock for the final two-day pre-season test. The sun may have been shining but with ground temperatures below zero as the test begun, the full grid of 27 drivers set their installation laps and returned to the pits and waited for the winds to die down and for the track to warm up.
 
Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) and Nick Cassidy (Marussia Manor Racing) were the first two drivers to set times in the 1m47’s with a hype of activity in the last hour with the majority of drivers braving the big freeze. Ellinas and David Fumanelli (Trident) shot to the head of the timings until Spaniard Sainz Jnr went half a second quicker than the Cypriot to end the morning on top.
 
At the chequered flag it was Ellinas, Fumanelli, Fontana, Cassidy, Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden), Nick Yelloly (Carlin), Giovanni Venturini (Trident) and the Koiranen GP duo of Aaro Vainio and Kevin Korjus.
 
Following the two hour lunch break, the session got underway with an early red flag for Regalia who stopped on the circuit whilst teammate Jack Harvey topped the timesheets. Melville McKee (Bamboo Racing) was P1 at the midway point when Luis Sa Silva (Carlin) ran wide at Becketts and kissed the barrier, whilst Fumanelli stopped on circuit which both caused small interruptions to proceedings.
 
Yelloly rose to P2 as the wind increased making driving conditions difficult. Regalia posted the best time of the day while Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) ran wide at Chapel at the latter stages of the day as there was a brief stoppage covered by red flags. With one minute left on the clock, Ellinas went a mere 0.036s faster than the Argentine to claim P1.
 
The final times saw Ellinas, Regalia, Yelloly, Ellinas, Harvey, McKee, Fumanelli, Robert Visoiu, Fontana, Korjus and Conor Daly, with the top ten drivers covered by a second.
 
Tomorrow’s test session will run from 09.00 – 12.00 a one hour break. The afternoon session will run from 13.00 – 16.00 GMT.
 
 
Day 1: Morning Session
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Carlos Sainz Jnr
MW Arden
1:46.795
10
2.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:47.389
10
3.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:47.490
11
4.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:47.700
24
5.
Nick Cassidy
Marussia Manor Racing
1:47.850
13
6.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:47.904
13
7.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:47.942
14
8.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:48.047
14
9.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:48.238
7
10.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:48.242
15
11.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:48.370
13
12.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:48.493
15
13.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:48.545
12
14.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:48.796
12
15.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Racing
1:48.889
13
16.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:49.025
15
17.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:49.484
15
18.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:49.546
13
19.
Felipe Guimaraes
Bamboo Racing
1:49.633
12
20.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:49.644
16
21.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:49.725
15
22.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:50.566
12
23.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Racing
1:52.684
13
24.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:52.887
10
25.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1
26.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1
27.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1
 
 
Day 1: Afternoon Session*
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.211
29
2.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:46.247
31
3.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:46.540
37
4.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:46.664
23
5.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Racing
1:46.719
20
6.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:46.774
24
7.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:47.027
32
8.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:47.050
28
9.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:47.143
18
10.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:47.177
33
11.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:47.345
32
12.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:47.391
30
13.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:47.402
29
14.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:47.474
30
15.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:47.698
11
16.
Felipe Guimaraes
Bamboo Racing
1:47.731
25
17.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:47.924
25
18.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:47.983
18
19.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:48.305
34
20.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:48.322
24
21.
Nick Cassidy
Marussia Manor Racing
1:48.755
23
22.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:48.977
9
23.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:49.146
11
24.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:50.517
15
25.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:50.890
15
26.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Racing
1:51.457
21
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Carlos Sainz Jnr’s times deleted after his MW Arden car was found underweight
 

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Conor Daly barca 2013

CONOR DALY ON TOP ON DAY ONE IN BARCA…

ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly sets the pace on day one in Spain
 
The American Conor Daly recorded the quickest time of the day with a 1:34.578 which was 3.5 seconds faster than the best lap set in the GP3/10 car in 2012 as GP3 Series had another successful day with the second generation car with the full grid of 27 drivers continuing to learn in the new GP3 machine. Marussia Manor Racing’s Nick Cassidy topped the timesheets in the morning.
 
The Circuit de Catalunya hosted the second official pre-season test in damp conditions after rain had fallen overnight. After 20 minutes the drivers ventured onto the track on slicks and then the heavens opened with light rain. This was tricky for the drivers as it was too wet for slick Pirelli tyres but there was not enough water on track for use of wets, therefore Aaro Vainio (Koiranen GP), Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden), Samin Gomez (Jenzer Motorsport) and Carlos Sainz Jnr (MW Arden) were the only drivers to post a laptime. Kevin Korjus made it a Koiranen GP one-two after popping in the second fastest time, as the sunshine broke through and the track began to dry. There were two brief interruptions as David Fumanelli (Trident) stopped on circuit with technical gremlins.
 
Local favourite Sainz Jnr went top in the closing stages before Korjus reclaimed his position at the head of the standings. Soon after Cassidy set the best time of the morning in a 1:34.924.Korjus, Sainz Jnr, Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport), Ellinas, Vainio, Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering), Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport), Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) and Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix) completed the top ten at the chequered flag.
 
Following the two hour break, heavy clouds hung over the circuit threatening to downpour but the sun fought through. There were several stoppages in the afternoon session including Vainio spinning into the gravel and technical gremlins for Josh Webster (Status Grand Prix) Patrick Kujala (Koiranen GP), Giovanni Venturini (Trident) and Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport).
 
ART Grand Prix teammates Regalia and Jack Harvey set the pace at the midway point of the session until Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) shot to P1 with Nick Yelloly (Carlin) a mere 0.069s shy of the Russian. The final 30 minutes was like a qualifying session and was hotly contested as the drivers fed onto the track with new tyres.
 
Ellinas put in a flier with a 1:34.710 as the clock ticked down until American Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) went a tenth quicker to finish the day fastest as Cassidy snuck into P3 as the chequered flag came out. Daly, Ellinas, Cassidy, Fontana, Yelloly, Regalia, Fumanelli, Kvyat, Sainz Jnr and Korjus rounded out the top ten.
 
Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) commented: “We had a lot to figure out with the new GP3/13 car at the first test in Estoril and I believe now we have found a great set-up and a nice balance to achieve that one important hot lap. I am extremely happy and it was a nice surprise to be P1. I feel really positive about the second generation car, it’s much more fun to drive and certainly makes you question yourself before you add more power. I love having more speed!”
 
Tomorrow’s test session will run from 09.00 – 12.00 with a one hour break. The afternoon session will run from 13.00 – 16.00 CET.