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Jun 05

Korjus quickest at Budapest mid-season test

Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus fastest on day one in Hungary

GP3 - Kevin KorjusEstonian driver Kevin Korjus posted the best time of the morning session with a lap time of 1:32.530 which was a new GP3 circuit record.

Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering) topped the times in the afternoon on day one of testing in mixed weather conditions.

Following Round 1 in Barcelona three weeks ago, GP3 Series returned to action for a two-day mid-season test at the Hungaroring. With the next race taking place in just a week’s time in Valencia, track time was vital for the teams and drivers with their new GP3/13 car in preparation for the busy schedule ahead.

After a deluge of rain on set-up day and rain forecast for the test, the paddock were pleasantly surprised to be welcomed with a dry start to proceedings, if only 15 degrees with heavy clouds hovering above. The 27 drivers took to the track to set their installation laps and after a short time, ventured back onto the circuit to set the pace while some drivers concentrated on race simulations.

Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser was the first to complete a lap in the early 1m34’s with Koiranen GP duo of Aaro Vainio and Patrick Kujala close in pursuit. The 1m33’s barrier was broken by MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat as the times began to tumble at the mid-point of the morning session.

Williamson’s lap of 1:32.781 was the new target to beat when he was first to dip into the 1:32’s, until Korjus improved on his laptime to go just over two tenths faster than the Scot. At the close of play of the morning test, Korjus finished on top ahead of the Bamboo Engineering pair of Williamson and Melville McKee. Fourth was Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix), Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport), Kvyat, Vainio, David Fumanelli (Trident), Niederhauser and Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas.

Light rain fell just before the afternoon session began, and the first red flag of the day occurred when Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) spun into the gravel at Turn 10. Dino Zamparelli was next to get caught out by the conditions as he went off at turn 3 and made contact with the barrier which brought the red flag out for a short spell. Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) headed the timings until Conor Daly and Regalia went one-two for their French outfit. Carlin’s Eric Lichtenstein was next to set the pace before GP3 Series leader Ellinas grabbed P1 off the Argentine at the midway point of the session.

With one hour left on the clock, rookies McKee and Josh Webster (Status Grand Prix) took turns heading the timings as the times continued to get faster as the track dried out. Carlin’s Nick Yelloly rose to P1 before Williamson clocked the best time of the afternoon session in a 1:33.710. The heavens opened as the session drew to a close whilst Niederhauser went off the track at Turn 11. The rain continued to hammer down, with the drivers opting not to run for the final few minutes.

At the chequered flag it was Williamson, Kvyat, Yelloly, Sainz, Vainio, Ellinas, Jimmy Eriksson (Status Grand Prix), Robert Visoiu and Webster.

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 CET.

Day 1: Morning
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:32.530
14
2.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
1:32.781
19
3.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:33.021
20
4.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:33.027
11
5.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:33.045
20
6.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:33.332
28
7.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:33.536
16
8.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:33.547
22
9.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:33.579
27
10.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:33.746
19
11.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:33.758
13
12.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:33.766
29
13.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:33.773
11
14.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:33.965
26
15.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:34.201
27
16.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:34.278
22
17.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:34.416
12
18.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:34.519
28
19.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:34.915
32
20.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:35.574
19
21.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:36.236
23
22.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.364
22
23.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:36.530
24
24.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:36.568
28
25.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:37.057
24
26.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:38.037
27
27.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
 
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Day 1: Afternoon
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
1:33.710
24
2.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:33.801
9
3.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:33.942
20
4.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:34.299
12
5.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:34.624
17
6.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:34.803
21
7.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:35.007
19
8.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:35.017
5
9.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:35.077
12
10.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:35.353
14
11.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:35.459
29
12.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:35.500
19
13.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:35.991
14
14.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:36.180
15
15.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.705
18
16.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:36.888
15
17.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:37.813
18
18.
Patric Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:37.824
21
19.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:37.837
11
20.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:38.684
14
21.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:39.182
18
22.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:39.426
8
23.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:51.354
14
24.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:53.582
13
25.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:54.485
8
26.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
 
 
27.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

source: GP3 Series