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Fumanelli fastest in Estoril post season test

MW Arden’s David Fumanelli ends Portuguese test on top

GP3 - David Fumanelli (MW Arden) Estoril November 2012GP3 SeriesItalian David Fumanelli finished as fastest overall on day two in a rain affected test at Estoril, Portugal. The MW Arden driver’s best lap achieved in the morning was a 1:30.261 which set a new GP3 circuit record as he also went on to claim top spot in the wet afternoon session.

The final day of post-season testing was run in much different conditions compared to the warmth and sunshine of the first day of the tests. Dark skies and much cooler temperatures greeted the GP3 paddock with showers forecast. Daniil Kvyat who was fasted on day one set the early pace with fellow MW Arden driver David Fumanelli and Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) in close contention. There were several early red flags after spins for Eric Lichtenstein (Carlin) and Mario Marasca (Trident Racing).

When the green lights re-appeared, Italian Fumanelli went P1, 0.091s ahead of his Russian teammate with Lewis Williamson (Atech CRS GP) and Robert Visoiu (MW Arden) completing the top five. With one hour remaining of the morning session, the rain that had been threatening, fell on the Circuito do Estoril with the field choosing to remain in the pits with the weather indecisive: falling in the middle of slicks and wet tyres. Therefore the morning session ended with Fumanelli topping the timesheets ahead of Kvyat, Ellinas, Williamson, Visoiu, Lichtenstein, Jack Harvey (Lotus GP) and Miki Weckstrom (Status Grand Prix).

The rain continued to pour down as the afternoon session began as the drivers ventured out onto wet tyres with many teams opting to run race simulations. There were red flags for Jack Harvey after his Lotus GP suffered technical gremlins and there was a spin for Meindert Van Buuren in the Atech CRS GP.

Kvyat was first to set a quick lap until Fumanelli outpaced the Russian to snatch P1. Ellinas split the MW Arden pair by going P2, with Giovanni Venturini (Status Grand Prix) and Williamson in the top five. It was to be Fumanelli’s day, the only driver breaking into the 1.42’s barrier in the tricky conditions when the chequered flag waved on the end of the final test. Ellinas, Kvyat, Venturini, Williamson, Lichtenstein, Marasca and Harvey rounded out the top eight.

GP3 will be back in action early next year when pre-season testing commences with the eagerly anticipated new GP3/13 car. The GP3 Series will enter its fourth year with drivers competing to follow in the footsteps of reigning GP3 Champion Mitch Evans.

Day 2: Morning
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
David Fumanelli
MW Arden
1:30.261
25
2.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:30.353
16
3.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:30.629
17
4.
Lewis Williamson
Atech CRS GP
1:30.719
20
5.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:30.804
24
6.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:31.018
15
7.
Jack Harvey
Lotus GP
1:31.074
14
8.
Miki Weckstrom
Status Grand Prix
1:31.109
28
9.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:31.262
22
10.
Adderly Fong
Marussia Manor Racing
1:31.270
10
11.
Giovanni Venturini
Status Grand Prix
1;31.411
21
12.
Mario Marasca
Trident Racing
1;31.606
21
13.
Roberto La Rocca
Atech CRS GP
1:31.624
17
14.
Meindert Van Buuren
Atech CRS GP
1:31.821
17
15.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:32.219
18
16.
Emanuele Zonzini
Lotus GP
1:32.316
18
17.
Ryan Cullen
Status Grand Prix
1;32.897
29
18.
Emanuele Piva
Trident Racing
1:33.364
17
19.
Steel Guiliana
Atech CRS GP
1:34.125
17
20.
Sheban Siddiqi
Lotus GP
1:35.611
18
 
 
Day 2: Afternoon
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
David Fumanelli
MW Arden
1:42.938
30
2.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:43.059
28
3.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:43.074
35
4.
Giovanni Venturini
Status Grand Prix
1:43.241
18
5.
Lewis Williamson
Atech CRS GP
1:43.283
18
6.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:43.702
35
7.
Mario Marasca
Trident Racing
1:44.084
52
8.
Jack Harvey
Lotus GP
1:44.364
34
9.
Adderly Fong
Marussia Manor Racing
1:44.539
23
10.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:44.702
38
11.
Miki Weckstrom
Status Grand Prix
1:44.767
19
12.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:45.150
29
13.
Emanuele Zonzini
Lotus GP
1:45.332
39
14.
Meindert Van Buuren
Atech CRS GP
1:45.366
13
15.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:45.367
35
16.
Roberto La Rocca
Atech CRS GP
1:46.001
34
17.
Emanuele Piva
Trident Racing
1:47.778
47
18.
Steel Guiliana
Carlin
1:47.955
35
19.
Sheban Siddiqi
Lotus GP
1:50.730
43
20.
Ryan Cullen
Status Grand Prix
1:51.016
14

source: GP3 Series

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