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19 year old British racer Alice Powell clinched her first GP3 Series Drivers’ Championship point in the season finale at Monza this weekend.
First Point for Powell and a Female Driver in GP3 Season Finale at Monza
She is also the first female driver to score a point in the Series, making history at the iconic Italian track. It was Alice’s first time at the Autodromo Nationale Monza and her weekend kicked off with free practice on Friday. It was a productive session as Alice learnt the track and worked with her Status Grand Prix team to set-up the car and get to grips with the hard tyre option. She ended the day in a comfortable 12th position on the time sheets.
Reigning champions Lotus ART and Daniel Apt quickest on Day 2 in Valencia
Today marked the final day of GP3 Series™ second post-season testing at Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, and the teams were greeted with sunny but cool conditions in the morning. There were some new faces in the paddock with GP3 runner-up James Calado returning for the day with reigning champions Lotus ART alongside Aaro Vainio. Gabby Chaves joined Status Grand Prix and Alex Fontana joined Tech 1 Racing.
Lotus ART’s Daniel Abt dominates Day 1 of post season testing at Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo
The second post season GP3 Series™ test kicked off today in Valencia, and once again there were a lot of fresh faces in the paddock. The new batch of drivers hoping to impress teams and grab a coveted 2012 race seat included Japanese F3 champion Yuhi Sekiguchi and Formula Arbath vice-champion Patric Niederhauser. And along with the newcomers some more familiar names returned to the GP3 field including American Conor Daly at Carlin.
Status Grand Prix driver seals first GP3 Series™ victory at Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Antonio Felix Da Costa took his first victory this season in what was a dramatic final race of the 2011 GP3 Series™. The Portuguese driver finished ahead of championship runner-up James Calado, but the Lotus ART driver was handed a 20-second penalty for failing to take a drive-through penalty after causing a collision with Mitch Evans. Marussia Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto was promoted to second and Nico Müller took the final podium spot.
Marussia Manor Racing on pole at Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs took his second GP3 Series™ pole position for Marussia Manor Racing in the final seconds of qualifying at Autodromo Nazionale Monza today. The British driver finished 0.062 seconds ahead of Nico Müller who was on course to take his maiden pole position of the season for Jenzer Motorsport.
MW Arden’s Simon Trummer quickest in Practice 2 in Italy
The final round of the GP3 Series™ continued this afternoon with the second practice session at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Simon Trummer eventually claimed the top spot with a time of 1:45.103 set on his very last lap. The Swiss driver beat out Tom Dillmann who had been top for the majority of the incident filled session. Lotus ART’s championship contenders Valtteri Bottas and James Calado watched the session from the pits choosing to save their tyres for qualifying tomorrow.
Stunning drive from the young New Zealander as Lotus ART take teams crown
Pole sitter Richie Stanaway drove a brilliant race today to win on his GP3 Series debut weekend. The New Zealander finished 4.007 seconds ahead of his teammate James Calado to lead the second Lotus ART 1-2 of the weekend. The result ensured that Lotus ART sealed the teams’ title for the second season in a row with one round remaining.
Finn takes lights-to-flag victory at Spa-Francorchamps to extend Series lead
Valtteri Bottas stamped his authority on the 2011 GP3 Series once again this afternoon with a commanding win in Race 1. The Finn finished 6.495 seconds ahead of his teammate and pole sitter James Calado to lead a Lotus ART 1-2.
Lotus ART dominate in Belgium
James Calado took his first GP3 pole position for Lotus ART after an epic battle for pole position at Spa-Francorchamps today. The British driver finished just 0.088 seconds ahead of his teammate and Series leader Valtteri Bottas proving that the reigning champions are still the team to beat this season.
GP3 Series™ leader Valtteri Bottas quickest in rain interrupted practice
Lotus ART driver Valtteri Bottas shot a warning to his rivals during today’s 45-minute long free practice and proved he will be one to watch at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend. The Finn set the pace this morning claiming the top spot with a time of 2:14.546 just 0.280 seconds ahead of MW Arden’s Mitch Evans.
After a three-week summer break GP3 Series™ is back on track this weekend for the penultimate round of the season at Spa-Franchorchamps in Belgium.
GP3 Series Round 7 – Spa-Francorchamps Preview
With just two events remaining the battle to become the 2011 champion is well and truly on. At Round 6 in Budapest Lotus ART’s Valtteri Bottas became the first driver to win more than one race this season, and in doing so marked himself as a true title contender – the Finn also snatched his first GP3 pole position. Rio Haryanto then followed suit winning Sunday’s Race 2. The Marussia Manor Racing driver finished just ahead of the charging Lotus ART pair of Valtteri Bottas and James Calado.
Finn takes lights-to-flag victory at Hungaroring
Today rookie Valtteri Bottas became the first GP3 driver to win more than one race this season, and showed he is ‘in it to win it’ in the battle to become the 2011 GP3 Series™ champion. The Lotus ART driver took a lights-to-flag victory at Hungaroring to finish 0.9 seconds ahead of Michael Christensen.
Lotus ART dominate in Hungary
Valtteri Bottas took his first GP3 pole position for Lotus ART after leading the rest of the field for most of the thirty minutes session at Hungaroring today, and confirming he is on fine form following his success last week at Nurburgring. The Series race winner was 0.330 seconds ahead of his teammate James Calado to lock out the front row of the grid for the French team.
British driver leads the way for Lotus ART in Practice 1 at Hungaroring
The sixth round of 2011 GP3 Series kicked off this morning with the first of two Friday practice sessions at the Hungarian circuit, with the British driver topping the times sheets. The session was interrupted by a red flag following a crash involving Luciano Bacheta. The RSC Mücke Motorsport driver was uninjured. The remaining of the session was drama-free and Calado claimed the top spot with a time of 1:39.025 over four tenths quicker than Addax Teams Tom Dillmann in second.
And so Bottas took his first GP3 win to become the tenth victor of the season.
Valtteri Bottas took his maiden GP3 Series win at Nürburgring today after a strong start from sixth put him into the lead by the end of Lap 1. The Lotus ART man finished 1.473 seconds ahead of Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims and RSC Mücke Motorsport’s Nigel Melker who claimed a home race podium for his German team.
Victory for Indonesian driver in rain soaked German race
Rio Haryanto took his first GP3 Series victory of the season today in a wet and wild race at Nürburgring. The Marussia Manor Racing driver finished ahead of MW Arden’s Lewis Williamson and Lotus ART’s Valtteri Bottas after an epic battle to the line which saw the lead change constantly during the final few laps with the top 3 fighting on slick tyres on a wet track.
Lewis Williamson leads the way for MW Arden in Practice 1 at Nürburgring.
The fifth round of 2011 GP3 Series kicked off this morning with the first of two Friday practice sessions at the German circuit, with the British driver picking up where he left off after winning Race 2 in Silverstone two weeks ago. Williamson claimed the top spot with a time of 1:50.766 nearly four tenths quicker than Antonio Felix Da Costa in second.
Nico Müller took his first GP3 victory of the 2011 season in a rain affected race at Silverstone Circuit today.
The Jenzer Motorsport driver finished 2.8s ahead of Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims and Atech CRS GP’s Nick Yelloly. Any hopes the enthusiastic crowd had of a British winner today were dashed when the heavens open seconds before the formation lap. Nineteen of the of the thirty cars chose to enter the pits instead of joining the starting grid to switch to wet weather tyres, and thus starting the race from the pitlane.
For Race 1 at Silverstone Circuit this afternoon
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs has claimed his first GP3 pole position in Silverstone today after setting the fastest lap in today’s qualifying session. The Marussia Manor Racing driver’s best lap of 1:51.190 was nearly fourth tenths clear of second place man Lotus ART’s James Calado ensuring an all British front row for Race 1 at Silverstone Circuit this afternoon.