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Sep 08

Harvey victorious in GP3 Race 2 in Monza

ART Grand Prix’s Jack Harvey wins thrilling race in Italy

GP3 - Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix (Monza Race 2)British star Jack Harvey romped home to victory at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza after making a great start from P2 and held off the challenge of MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat and Bamboo Engineering’s Lewis Williamson in an action-packed Race 2.

The GP3 title fight is going too the wire after the gap between the top two has closed dramatically, with many other drivers still in contention.

It all happened at the start and it was Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser who had reverse pole. The Swiss driver crept forward just before the lights went out and unfortunately stalled on the grid. His teammate Alex Fontana ran into the back of him, which thus put them both out of the race.

Harvey got away well into the lead as Carlin’s Alexander Sims got past Kevin Korjus (Koiranen GP) down the straight. Marussia Manor Racing’s Ryan Cullen made contact with several drivers heading into turn 1 including Trident’s Giovanni Venturini which brought a premature halt to their race. The safety car was deployed whilst the cars were removed.

GP3 - Harvey, Kvyat, Williamson Monza R2

Once the action resumed, there was passing aplenty and first on the move was Sims – making a successful pass on Korjus with GP3 Series leader Facu Regalia also on the prowl. Williamson was also quick at the restart and demoted Sims down a position, before Race 1 winner Daniil Kvyat made a very brave move to overtake Sims on the outside of Turn 4 to help his title challenge.

In the meantime Harvey led Williamson by less than a second, but his ART Grand Prix teammate Regalia had other ideas and passed the Scotsman for P2 at the midway point. Conor Daly who started P23 was busy carving his way through the pack, eager to bag points after bad luck yesterday.

All eyes were on the mouth-watering battle between Korjus and Kvyat in the first half of the race, the two diced wheel to wheel in spectacular fashion, but the Russian driver moved ahead and set his sights on his championship rival Regalia. On lap 12, Kvyat made his point and passed the Argentine, closing the gap in the Drivers’ Standings.

Williamson had pushed hard and began to suffer tyre degradation in the final laps and Kvyat made seized the moment and moved into P2. The MW Arden driver began to hunt down Harvey but the Brit held on to take his second win of his rookie season in jubilant fashion.

Harvey crossed the line just nine tenths ahead of Kvyat in an enthralling race, with Williamson holding on to enjoy his first rostrum of the season. Regalia finished P4, ahead of Korjus, Sims, Melville Mckee (Bamboo Engineering) and Daly. The American driver posted the fastest lap of the race, bouncing back from yesterday’s disappointment to sneak the final point, passing Sainz on the final lap.

Regalia’s advantage in the Drivers’ Standings has been cut to seven points with Kvyat inching closer. Korjus and Daly are next up on 107 and 104 respectively with Harvey moving up to fifth with 96 points.

ART Grand Prix hold the huge lead in the Teams’ Standings on a total of 338 points, with MW Arden and Koiranen GP on 240 and 183.

With only one round remaining, all eyes will be on the spectacular setting of the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi – the sparkling venue for the season finale of GP3. A champion will be crowned but who will it be…? Find out in Round 8 on 01-03 November 2013.

Monza – Race 2
 
Driver
Team
1.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
2.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
3.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
4.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
5.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
6.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
7.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
8.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
9.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
10.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
11.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
12.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
13.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
14.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
15.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
16.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
17.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
18.
David Fumanelli
Trident
19.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
20.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
 
Not Classified
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
 
 
 
Fastest Lap : Conor Daly- ART Grand Prix: 1 :38. 237 on lap 15

source: GP3 Series

 

 Marussia Manor Racing

DOUBLE TROUBLE AT MONZA

  • Marussia Manor Racing GP3 – Monza – Races 1 & 2
  • GP3 Series, Round 7, Monza, Italy
  • Saturday/Sunday 07/08 September 2013
  • ELLINAS P11 1:38.565
  • CULLEN P20 1:40.400

Marussia Manor Racing suffered motor racing’s nightmare moment at Monza on Saturday when two of their team mates eliminated each other at the first corner of the feature race. The collision effectively ended Tio Ellinas’s hopes of winning the 2013 GP3 series.

Ellinas had qualified third, behind MW Arden drivers Daniil Kvyat and Robert Visoiu. He made a good start but was challenged on the inside by Carlos Sainz on the run down to Monza’s tight first chicane. Sainz looked as if he might run out of road but Ellinas, driving responsibly and fairly, allowed the third Arden car room but was not repaid in kind when he was bundled towards the outside as the turn-in point approached.

At the same time, Dino Zamparelli, who qualified 11th, missed his braking point and lost control of his Marussia Manor Racing car, bounced over the entry kerb and took out the delayed Ellinas, who was just turning in to the second part of the chicane. Both cars were out on the spot. Ryan Cullen finished 20th. Zamparelli was later suspended from taking part in Race 2.

In Sunday’s reverse grid race there was more drama when a starting grid shunt brought out the Safety Car. Ryan Cullen contributed to Marussia Manor Racing’s woes when he crashed out. Ellinas, meanwhile, drove a determined race from 24th on the grid to 11th at the chequered flag.

Kvyat went on to take his second successive feature race victory, while Jack Harvey beat him narrowly in Sunday’s reverse grid race. With one round remaining in Abu Dhabi, Facu Regalia leads the championship with 138 points to Kvyat’s 131, with Ellinas now 6th in the series, a single point behind Harvey.

Tio Ellinas

“My luck just seems to go from bad to worse. It was very important to achieve strong results in Monza and after scoring points eight times consecutively, this weekend’s disappointment means I have scored just once in my last six starts. After Saturday’s disaster I did everything I could to make up ground on Sunday but just missed out on the points. That’s motor racing, I guess, but it’s hugely frustrating.”

Dino Zamparelli

“Saturday’s incident was a great shame and I apologise to Tio, who found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. There is nothing worse than colliding with a team mate and I feel for him under the circumstances.”

Ryan Cullen

“I enjoyed racing at a track with such a rich history. You need a lot of confidence on the brakes into Monza’s chicanes and there is often trouble there. Unfortunately I was part of that on Sunday…”

“Pete Sliwinski, Team Manager, Marussia Manor Racing GP3

“Tio has been perfectly correct on track all year. He doesn’t get involved in scrapes and drives with great maturity but he doesn’t always get to reap the reward of such a professional approach. And that’s about all I can say! Not a good weekend.”

source: marussiaf1team.com


Pirelli

GP2 and GP3 review: Monza, 6-8 September 2013

->GP2 AND GP3 TYRES IN TOP FORM AT THE ‘TEMPLE OF SPEED’ IN ITALY<-

Milan, September 9, 2013 – Racing Engineering driver Fabio Leimer has become the new GP2 leader after a strategic battle, which centred around tyre tactics, allowed him to gain the initiative in the championship battle. Leimer started off on the P Zero White medium tyres before undercutting his rivals to change to the P Zero Orange hard tyre on lap 11, which was also nominated for Monza: the fastest race track of the year.

Because of this, tyre management turned out to be crucial, with the timing of the pit stops in particular holding the key to victory. A well-thought strategy also allowed Russian Time driver Sam Bird to storm up to second place behind Leimer in the feature race after a mesmerizing sequence of laps on newer medium tyres towards the end, having started the race with the hard tyre.

Leimer said: “I think my tyres were a bit better at the start because it was the softer one, so it had a little bit better traction, but I nearly stalled so I was really lucky! In the end it was the right way because it was less wheelspin, and when I saw Bird was starting on the hard I thought I have to do a good start! In the end it worked well, and with the strategy we did the opposite, but we were at the same pace: he was pushing a bit more at the end, but I think it was a really nice race.”

The GP2 sprint race on Sunday was won by Hilmer’s Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, who led from start to finish after getting past Caterham’s Alexander Rossi, who was on reverse pole. The Englishman used the hard tyre from start to finish, which was ideally suited to the high-energy loads and high temperatures of Monza, where track temperatures were generally in excess of 30 degrees centigrade throughout the weekend.

However, during Sunday morning’s GP2 sprint race some rain started to fall on lap seven, meaning that the teams had to decide whether or not it was worth switching from slick to wet tyres. ART Grand Prix driver James Calado, who had got bogged down at the start, made the switch as he had little to lose but this turned out to be the wrong decision as the rain stopped shortly afterwards. Nonetheless, the slick tyres were able to provide enough grip for Quaife-Hobbs to maintain the lead even when conditions were extremely slippery.

Equally good tyre management was shown by Daniil Kvyat for MW Arden, who claimed pole position and victory in the GP3 feature race on Saturday, running on the hard tyres to win by five seconds. His team mate Carlos Sainz was equally impressive, fighting his way up from the back of the field and looking after the tyres in the best possible way to pull off some impressive overtaking moves.

In the GP3 sprint race on Sunday, Jack Harvey triumphed for ART Grand Prix for the second time this year, with Kvyat finishing second. This has closed up the championship battle to just seven points between Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix) and Kvyat with one race remaining in Abu Dhabi at the end of the year.

Pirelli’s racing manager Mario Isola commented: “The fact that the battle for the GP3 title has gone down to the wire underlines just how close and competitive the series has been this year, and we believe that our tyres have helped to achieve this through controlled degradation that helps drivers learn when it is best to push and when it is best to back off. Monza is one of the most demanding tracks of the year, both because of the high speeds and heavy braking areas, not to mention the high temperatures that characterised most of the weekend. This added plenty of variables into the strategy mix and computing those variables in the most effective way constituted the key to victory in the GP2 feature race as well. Fabio Leimer was able to use strategy very effectively in order to undercut his rivals and built up an advantage that he was never to lose, through trying something a little bit different to his direct rivals. As was the case in Formula One, we enjoyed a huge amount of home support at Monza and we are extremely grateful for that.”

The fight for the GP2 crown will continue in Singapore in two weeks time (20-22 September).

source: pirelli.com



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