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Mar 12

Daly tops day one at Barcelona pre-season test

ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly sets the pace on day one in Spain

GP3 - Nick Cassidy (Marussia Manor Racing)GP3 - Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix)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.

Day 1: Morning
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Nick Cassidy
Marussia Manor Racing
1:34.924
21
2.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:35.196
19
3.
Carlos Sainz Jnr
MW Arden
1:35.261
22
4.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:35.350
26
5.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:35.436
19
6.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:35.661
28
7.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
1:35.711
25
8.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:35.722
19
9.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:35.820
25
10.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:35.845
14
11.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:35.878
16
12.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:35.910
18
13.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:35.934
14
14.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:36.045
18
15.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:36.156
12
16.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:36.163
14
17.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:36.354
23
18.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:36.520
23
19.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:36.622
14
20.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:36.783
18
21.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:36.827
20
22.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:37.049
17
23.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:37.175
19
24.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:37.747
20
25.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:37.877
23
26.
Ryan Cullen
Bamboo Engineering
1:38.058
17
27.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:39.522
16
 
 
Day 1: Afternoon
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:34.578
28
2.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:34.710
27
3.
Nick Cassidy
Marussia Manor Racing
1:34.715
23
4.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:34.826
30
5.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:34.900
39
6.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:34.943
27
7.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:35.059
32
8.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:35.171
32
9.
Carlos Sainz Jnr
MW Arden
1:35.218
36
10.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:35.313
43
11.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:35.337
34
12.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:35.402
28
13.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:35.448
23
14.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:35.593
19
15.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
1:35.604
30
16.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:35.651
33
17.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:35.716
32
18.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:35.759
40
19.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:35.934
33
20.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:35.967
39
21.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:36.277
34
22.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:36.424
10
23.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.485
36
24.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:36.572
44
25.
Ryan Cullen
Bamboo Engineering
1:37.909
24
26.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:37.955
12
27.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:38.683
43

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

source: GP3 Series



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