Jun 16

Visoiu victorious in Valencia Race 2 (updated)

MW Arden’s Robert Visoiu takes maiden GP3 win Spain

GP3 - Robert Visoiu (MW Arden) Valencia Race 2Race 2 belonged to Robert Visoiu. The Romanian driver started from reverse pole and he brilliantly controlled a lights to flag victory, the first of his GP3 career with a seven second advantage.

Koiranen GP’s Aaro Vainio finished second with Carlos Sainz achieving his debut rostrum in the Series in third.

With a track temperature of 61 degrees, Visoiu made a great getaway to lead the pack but it was Sainz who was on the move passing Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas and almost finding his way through on Vainio until the door was closed. Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix), David Fumanelli (Trident) and Eric Lichtenstein (Carlin) retired early on with transmission issues.

In front, Visoiu started to build a gap back to Vainio as he managed the pace and tyres in the early part of the 18 lap race. Ellinas didn’t want to hang around and harassed Sainz for P3, but the MW Arden driver resisted his best efforts. Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser weekend was brought to a premature end when he had an excursion through the gravel and returned to the box to climb out of the car.

Marussia Manor Racing’s Dino Zamparelli was eager to sneak a move on Race 1 winner Conor Daly who was in P8 but the American held on with the focus on his ART Grand Prix teammate Facu Regalia one place ahead. Meanwhile, Visoiu continued to extend his impressive lead to over three seconds advantage to the Finn.

On a track that has proved difficult to pass, Carlin’s Nick Yelloly again was quick to move through the pack, overtaking Zamparelli for P9 and eventually just missing out on a points finish. Towards the latter stages, Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus appeared to be suffering with tyre degradation and came under immense pressure from the ART Grand Prix duo of Regalia and Daly in the final laps. However, the Estonian rookie was able to maintain his position.

Visoiu took the chequered flag first to record his maiden GP3 victory, whilst Sainz almost passed Vainio on the line for P2. It was a popular result for the local fans with Spaniard Sainz appearing on the rostrum in his rookie year. Ellinas was fourth with Daniil Kvyat in P5, the Russian making it three MW Arden drivers in the top five. Korjus, Regalia and Daly pocketed the final points.

Ellinas regains the lead in the Driver’s Standings on 55 points, with Daly close behind on 51 and Vainio on 43. ART Grand Prix top the Team Standings on 84, four points ahead of Koiranen GP, with MW Arden in third on 63.

Round 3 of the Series will take place in Silverstone in Northamptonshire, UK on 28-30 June.

GP3 - Top 3 Visoiu, Vainio & Sainz Valencia Race 2


Valencia – Race 2
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
Nick Yelloly
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
Giovanni Venturini
Emanuele Zonzini
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
Luis Sa Silva
Not Classified
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
Eric Lichtenstein
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
David Fumanelli
Fastest Lap : Melville McKee – Bamboo Engineering : 1 :24.487 on lap 9

source: GP3 Series

 Marussia Manor Racing


Marussia Manor Racing GP3 – Round 2 – Valencia

  • GP3 Series, Round 2, Races 1 &2, Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain
  • Sunday 16 June 2013
  • ELLINAS Race 1 P6 1:24.951 Race 2 P4 1:24.284
  • ZAMPARELLI Race 1 P9 1:25.236 Race 2 P10 1:25.446
  • CULLEN Race 1 P20 1:25.813 Race 2 P20 1:26.941

Tio Ellinas maintained his GP3 championship lead with two consistent drives to sixth and fourth places respectively in the feature and reverse grid races at Valencia’s tight Ricardo Tormo circuit. He leaves Spain with 55 points to Conor Daly’s 51 and Aaro Vainio on 43.

The 21-year-old Cypriot was disappointed to lose a qualifying lap that he thought would have put him third on the grid for the main race. Instead, he started seventh with a lap of 1m22.761s, a tenth quicker than Marussia Manor Racing team mate Dino Zamparelli.

Zamparelli suffered a similar fate to that which he endured in the series-opener at Barcelona in May, finishing the main race just one position behind the all-important race two pole position-earning eighth, having run there for most of the race. 

In the third Marussia Manor Racing car, Ryan Cullen went off the circuit in the opening lap skirmish but battled hard to make progress for the remainder of the race.

The feature event saw a 1-2 for ART team mates Daly and Facu Regalia, ahead of Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus. MW Arden’s Robert Visoiu was victorious in race two, with team mate Carlos Sainz Jr third, the pair sandwiching Finn Vainio.

Tio Ellinas

“I think qualifying cost me because Valencia is really tight and it’s so difficult to pass. I made a good start in race one and picked up a position but after that it was a bit of a procession. Sixth place meant that I started third in the second race but I was a little ambitious trying to take second, ran wide and lost a place to Carlos Sainz. The important thing was to finish well, score points and maintain my series lead, which I managed to do. I’ll be looking to get back to the podium next time out at Silverstone.”

Dino Zamparelli

“It was really disappointing to finish ninth again in the main race and just miss out on pole for race two – not something I plan to make a habit of! Leaving that aside, I’m satisfied with the solid pace and progress we showed this weekend.”

Ryan Cullen

“It was a shame to have the early incident but I drove hard all the way and picked up more useful experience.”

Pete Sliwinski, Team Manager, Marussia Manor Racing

“We don’t seem to be at our best on tight, twisty circuits but Tio did a good solid job and leaves Spain with a four point margin at the top of the table. We were pleased with Dino’s performance and he’s really not far from making a big impact on the championship, considering that he is in his first year. Ryan also did well and so, given that this is a track that can throw up some interesting results, we have done reasonably well this weekend and we’re now looking forward to Silverstone.”

source: Manor Grand Prix Racing Ltd.

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GP3 report: Valencia 15-16 June 2013

GP3 drivers Conor Daly and Robert Visoiu demonstrated perfect management of Pirelli’s medium compound tyres over the weekend to bring home one race victory each at a stand-alone event that was held at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia.

The 4.05-kilometre Ricardo Tormo circuit is very technical with a long straight immediately followed by 14 corners. Due to its versatility the Pirelli medium compound yellow tyre was the perfect choice for Valencia’s variable track conditions. Ricardo Tormo was previously used for Pirelli’s Formula One testing before the Italian tyre firm signed as official tyre supplier back in 2011 but as a result of recent resurfacing there was little data available for the GP3 crews ahead of the race.

America’s Conor Daly, however, took it all in his stride as he took pole position and a dominant race one victory on Sunday morning. His second win of the season was made even more special after Daly’s ART Grand Prix team-mate Facu Regalia finished runner-up. Koiranen GP rookie Kevin Korjus completed the podium.

Robert Visoiu was the victor of race two as the Romanian driver claimed his first win of his GP3 career. Starting from reverse pole, Visoiu controlled a lights-to-flag victory and took a resounding victory of more than seven seconds. Koiranen GP’s Aaro Vainio finished second with Carlos Sainz Jnr. finishing third.

Pirelli’s racing manager Mario Isola said: “Without the presence of Formula One and GP2, the weekend was the perfect opportunity for the GP3 crews to showcase their talent – and I am delighted to say that this is exactly what happened. There was some world-class driving in Valencia this weekend which confirmed just how many talented drivers are currently competing in the first rung of international motorsport competition. Ricardo Tormo is a demanding circuit but our Pirelli tyres did not falter throughout both 18-lap races, proving 100% reliable from start to finish. Our GP3 crews are used to racing first thing in the morning or last thing, but as Valencia was a stand-alone GP3 event the teams were racing during the middle of the day where track temperatures topped 61 degrees. However, the GP3 drivers managed the tyres and the cars perfectly and I would like to congratulate Visoiu for his debut win of the season and Daly on his second GP3 win of the year.”

Tio Ellinas currently leads the GP3 drivers’ standings with 55 points. Thanks to his race one victory on Sunday, Daly is now second with 51 points. Round three of the Pirelli-supported GP3 series will take place in Silverstone as part of the Grand Prix weekend on 28-30 June.

source: pirelli.com

 MW Arden logo

Victory for MWArden in Valencia

Carlos Sainz

“It was a really tough Qualifying for us. With the first set of tyres we had some brake issues that didn’t allow us to set a good benchmark. The car was perfect for the second set of tyres but in the first three laps when the tyres are at their best I didn’t manage to do a clean lap due to traffic. Then finally I got a clear run, was on a lap good enough for P2…….. and then the red flag came out……”

Robert Visoiu

“It’s a great feeling for me and I’m really happy with this. I really wanted a win this year. I really hope I can continue to perform well and pick up more wins and podiums this season. The car was really good for me…”

Daniil Kvyat

“It was a really great step forward for us, we have made a really big improvement with the car and also with the way I drive to manage the tyre situation. It was good all the way through practice and qualifying and I was very happy with second on the grid. I have to say that I am disappointed with the mistake I made early in the first race which cost us at least P2 I feel but overall we have to be really happy with the way that things have turned around after the problems we had in Barcelona…”

Team news

The second round of the GP3 Series was held at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, the sole standalone event in this year’s calendar. The weekend schedule was run over two days, with Practice and Qualifying played out on the 4.005km circuit on Saturday and both Race one and Race two on Sunday…

source: Arden International// Arden GP3 // Arden Caterham