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May 11

GP3: Ellinas edges Niederhauser for victory in Barcelona

Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas wins Race 1 in Spain

GP3 - Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) Barcelona Race 1What a start to the 2013 GP3 Series for Tio Ellinas: The Cypriot becomes the first driver in GP3 history to win consecutive races in different seasons, following his victory in Monza 2012 and becoming victorious in the opening round of this year.

It was the perfect start with Ellinas pocketing 31 points with pole and fastest lap. It was a nail-biting conclusion with Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser glued to the back of his GP3 machine until the chequered flag with ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly joining in the titanic tussle.

Poleman Tio Ellinas made one his traditional lightning getaways to secure the lead with the top three holding station in a trouble-free first lap. MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat was the man on the move, passing Carlin’s Nick Yelloly and ART Grand Prix’s Facu Regalia early on.

The Cypriot pushed hard and opened up a 3.5s advantage back to his Swiss rival, posting fastest laps. An early casualty was Josh Webster (Status Grand Prix) who retired with technical issues. Yelloly decided he’d had enough of Kvyat’s MW Arden machine and the duel began with the two swapping places with the Brit’ getting the better of him.

At the midway point Ellinas held a comfortable three second advantage over Niederhauser as drivers began to struggle with tyre degradation. There were ten drivers fighting within three seconds of each to get into the points scoring positions, with action aplenty and drivers three abreast.

Marussia Manor Racing’s Dino Zamparelli had a premature end to his race after making contact with the back of Kevin Korjus’ Koiranen GP car, as the action began to hot up at the front of the field. All eyes were on the duo of Ellinas and Niederhauser as the Swiss driver began to put immense pressure on his Cypriot rival. Ellinas resisted his best efforts but that wasn’t going to stop Niederhauser who was giving everything. On the final lap, Daly joined in on the fun as the trio charged hard, but the race belonged to Ellinas who didn’t put a foot wrong, winning by a half a second, with the American one second back.

Yelloly was fourth at the chequered flag, ahead of Aaro Vainio (Koiranen GP) and best rookie of the race Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix.). David Fumanelli (Trident), Korjus, Robert Visoiu (MW Arden) and Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) completed the points and the top ten.

Ellinas heads the Driver’s Standings on 31 points, with Niederhauser on 18 and Daly on 15.

Reverse Pole goes to Korjus for Race 2 which takes place at 09.25 CET tomorrow morning.

 

GP3 - Ellinas, Niederhauser, Daly Barcelona Race 1

 

Barcelona – Race 1
 
Driver
Team
1.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
2.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
3.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
4.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
5.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
6.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
7.
David Fumanelli
Trident
8.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
9.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
10.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
11.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
12.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
13.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
14.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
15.
Carlos Sainz Jr
MW Arden
16.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
17.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
18.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
19.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
20.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
21.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
22.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
23.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
24.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
 
Not Classified
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
 
Fastest Lap : Tio Ellinas – Marussia Manor Racing : 1 :36.800 on lap 2

source: GP3 Series

 

ELLINAS REIGNS IN SPAIN

  • Marussia Manor Racing GP3 – Spain – Race 1
  • GP3 Series, Round 1, Circuit de Catalunya, Spain
  • Saturday 11 May 2013
  • ELLINAS P1 1:36.800
  • ZAMPARELLI DNF 1:38.921
  • CULLEN P21 1:40.477

Tio Ellinas took up where he left off in 2012, following up his GP3 Monza sprint race win with victory in the main feature at the opening round of the 2013 championship in Barcelona.

The 21-year-old from Larnaca, Cyprus converted his pole position and opened a 2s gap in the first two laps, securing the additional point for fastest lap as he opened out a 4s margin by half distance. From that point on, however, he had to cope with degradation from the new 2013 specification tyres and held on to take a finely-judged win half a second clear of Swiss driver Patric Niederhauser and a fast-closing Conor Daly, who completed the podium finishers.

A disappointed Dino Zamparelli crashed out of the race with three laps to go trying to take eighth place, which would have given him pole position for Sunday’s sprint race. Ryan Cullen, meanwhile, finished his debut GP3 race in 21st place after making up ground.

Tio Ellinas

“It wasn’t so much fun towards the end with the front tyres gone, but it’s great to get the win! I went hard early on to get the point for fastest lap when the tyres were new but towards the end it was a case of reducing my speed into the corners and driving to the available grip. The last lap was a bit of scramble with Patric and Conor close to me but I managed to close the door, not make a mistake and get decent corner exits, so a very good and satisfying start.”

Dino Zamparelli

“I just got little bit over-eager and made a mistake. These things happen in racing and I’ve just got to move on and be positive for tomorrow. It was Turn 5 and I had a go down the inside of Kevin Korjus and was caught out when he braked earlier than I thought. It’s a bit of a shame but I had to go for it – ninth meant nothing and eighth would have been tomorrow’s pole.”

Ryan Cullen

“I got off to a good start and made up a couple of places but went off at Turn 14. I had to gather it back up, clean the tyres, catch back up 10-12s and make up some places. I managed to do that and finished 21st, which wasn’t too bad for my GP3 debut. I’m looking forward to another chance tomorrow.”

Pete Sliwinski, Team Manager, Marussia Manor Racing GP3

“That was a great start to the season. Pole position, first and fastest lap — you can’t ask for more than that, even if he did make us sweat a bit at the end. Let’s say he controlled it beautifully well!”

TIO ELLINAS BAGS POLE

  • Marussia Manor Racing GP3 – Spain – Qualifying
  • GP3 Series, Round 1, Circuit de Catalunya, Spain
  • Saturday 11 May 2013
  • ELLINAS P2 (elevated to Pole) 1:34.233
  • ZAMPARELLI P12 1:35.334
  • CULLEN P25 1:37.004

Cypriot driver Tio Ellinas will start the opening round of the 2013 GP3 Series from pole position after a strong performance throughout qualifying. Ellinas set the pace early in the session and then reinforced his position with a fine 1m34.233s lap with six minutes remaining. Kevin Korjus pipped that by 0.04s but a yellow flag penalty from the previous day means that Marussia Manor Racing start the race from pole. 

Dino Zamparelli recorded the 12th quickest time in the session (1:35.334) but will also gain grid slots due to previously incurred penalties. Ryan Cullen, meanwhile, was in the top 15 early in the session on his first day with the Team, but spun at Turn 12 on his final hot lap.

Tio Ellinas

“It was a good session. I knew the other guys would be pushing like mad because some had penalties, but we’re starting on pole. The aim is obviously to win, the car felt good and the Team has done a very good job throughout the winter. It was all about being precise and nailing the lap and we’ve already got our first point, so a great start!”

Dino Zamparelli

“I think maybe I went out a bit too early for the final run and track conditions evolved, so a bit of inexperience there, and I think inside the car I possibly felt a bit tentative in my first session but that’s probably a bit natural for a first GP3 qualifying session. The car felt good on my best lap but I just need to push a bit harder. I think we’ll be starting 10th so there’s a good chance to get into the top eight from there. We’re in the ballpark.”

Ryan Cullen

“I was on a hot lap at the end and just carried a bit too much speed into Turn 12. I could see on the steering wheel that I was up a couple of tenths and just got a bit hot-headed. But it’s my first day with the team and I’m impressed by the look of the series.”

Pete Sliwinski, Team Manager, Marussia Manor Racing GP3

“That’s a good start. We were a bit unlucky with the yellow flag at the end because Tio had another lap in the tyres. But we’re on the pole anyway and he has good race pace, so we’re confident of a strong race.”

source: marussiaf1team.com