Daniel Abt

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.

Marlon Stockinger switched to Status Grand Prix, Yuri Grigorenko switched to Marussia Manor Racing, Tom Blomqvist moved to Carlin and Dmitry Suranovich to Addax Team.

When the lights turned green the drivers were quick to hit the track on Pirelli P Zero slick tyres. An early red flag caused by Yuhi Sekiguchi going off in his RSC Mücke Motorsport car paused proceedings, but once back underway it was Matias Laine who took control of the timesheet. Except for a brief spell when he was knocked off the top spot by rookies Daniel Abt and Tio Ellinas, the young Finn held on to P1 for the first hour of the session.

Continuing on from his impressive performance yesterday, Abt then found the extra time he needed to move ahead of the Marussia Manor Racing driver, and with the rest of the field unable to match his pace, the German held onto the spot for the remainder of the session. Laine clocked the second fastest time followed by Stockinger, Patric Niederhauser, Tamas Pal Kiss for Atech CRS GP and Calado.

The afternoon was a relatively quiet one as most of the teams worked on race simulations and setups with the rookies. With just a few cars out on track at the start of the session, Maxim Zimin was top for MW Arden followed by his teammate Will Stevens and Tech 1 Racing’s Alex Fontana. As the session progressed Laine continued to show his pace by putting his #12 car back in the top spot for Manor closely followed by Stockinger, who then snatched P1.

Stevens was next to head the field for MW Arden, until the final twenty minutes of the session when a number of drivers hit the track on new rubber. Pal Kiss, Laine and Conor Daly all fought for P1 and it was American Conor Daly who eventually took the top honors for Carlin. Laine was second quickest ahead of Pal Kiss, Stockinger, Stevens, Ellinas, Gabby Chaves, Zimin, Fabio Gambrini and Niederhauser.

GP3 Series™ will be back on track in Jerez next week for the final post-season test on 01-02 December.

Morning times:

Pos

Car #

Driver Team

Nat

Best Lap

Laps

Gap

1

1

ABT,Daniel Lotus ART

GER

1:26,147

30

 

2

12

LAINE,Matias Marussia Manor

FIN

1:26,222

35

0,075

3

4

STOCKINGER,Marlon Status G.P.

PHI

1:26,407

33

0,260

4

8

NIEDERHAUSER,Patric Jenzer Motorsport

SUI

1:26,448

32

0,301

5

22

PAL KISS,Tamas Atech CRS GP

HUN

1:26,453

34

0,306

6

3

CALADO,James Lotus ART

GBR

1:26,564

25

0,417

7

14

DALY,Conor Carlin

USA

1:26,677

35

0,530

8

28

ZIMIN,Maxim MW Arden

RUS

1:26,745

29

0,598

9

9

HECHE,Michael Jenzer Motorsport

SUI

1:26,815

35

0,668

10

2

VAINIO,Aaro Lotus ART

FIN

1:26,820

39

0,673

11

7

VISOIU,Robert Jenzer Motorsport

ROM

1:26,845

36

0,698

12

10

ELLINAS,Tio Marussia Manor

CYP

1:26,867

28

0,720

13

6

CHAVES,Gabby Status G.P.

COL

1:26,891

34

0,744

14

26

STEVENS,Will MW Arden

GBR

1:26,905

29

0,758

15

16

BLOMQVIST,Tom Carlin

GBR

1:27,212

34

1,065

16

19

CAMPLESE,Lorenzo Tech1 Racing

ITA

1:27,504

37

1,357

17

27

GAMBERINI,Fabio MW Arden

BRA

1:27,699

32

1,552

18

18

FONTANA,Alex Tech1 Racing

SUI

1:27,796

34

1,649

19

29

WEHRLEIN,Pascal RSC Mücke MS

GER

1:28,038

34

1,891

20

23

SURANOVICH,Dmitry Addax Team

RUS

1:28,393

38

2,246

21

20

RINGEL,Ethan Atech CRS GP

USA

1:28,669

32

2,522

22

17

TOLEDANO,Picho Tech1 Racing

MEX

1:29,171

43

3,024

23

25

CERRUTI,Michela Addax Team

ITA

1:29,698

34

3,551

24

5

SAKURAI,Kotaro Status G.P.

JPN

1:29,721

13

3,574

25

11

GRIGORENKO,Yuri Marussia Manor

RUS

1:29,798

32

3,651

26

31

SEKIGUCHI,Yuhi RSC Mücke MS

JPN

1:29,943

3

3,796

Afternoon times:

Pos

Car #

Driver Team

Nat

Best Lap

Laps

Gap

1

14

DALY,Conor Carlin

USA

1:26,949

33

 

2

12

LAINE,Matias Marussia Manor

FIN

1:27,071

27

0,122

3

22

PAL KISS,Tamas Atech CRS GP

HUN

1:27,218

15

0,269

4

4

STOCKINGER,Marlon Status G.P.

PHI

1:27,224

26

0,275

5

26

STEVENS,Will MW Arden

GBR

1:27,287

35

0,338

6

10

ELLINAS,Tio Marussia Manor

CYP

1:27,295

38

0,346

7

6

CHAVES,Gabby Status G.P.

COL

1:27,348

37

0,399

8

28

ZIMIN,Maxim MW Arden

RUS

1:27,402

25

0,453

9

27

GAMBERINI,Fabio MW Arden

BRA

1:27,649

26

0,700

10

8

NIEDERHAUSER,Patric Jenzer Motorsport

SUI

1:27,760

24

0,811

11

16

BLOMQVIST,Tom Carlin

GBR

1:27,803

28

0,854

12

7

VISOIU,Robert Jenzer Motorsport

ROM

1:27,849

27

0,900

13

1

ABT,Daniel Lotus ART

GER

1:28,005

31

1,056

14

9

HECHE,Michael Jenzer Motorsport

SUI

1:28,057

25

1,108

15

3

CALADO,James Lotus ART

GBR

1:28,094

31

1,145

16

18

FONTANA,Alex Tech1 Racing

SUI

1:28,329

27

1,380

17

19

CAMPLESE,Lorenzo Tech1 Racing

ITA

1:28,427

18

1,478

18

11

GRIGORENKO,Yuri Marussia Manor

RUS

1:28,443

26

1,494

19

5

SAKURAI,Kotaro Status G.P.

JPN

1:28,533

37

1,584

20

2

VAINIO,Aaro Lotus ART

FIN

1:28,674

31

1,725

21

23

SURANOVICH,Dmitry Addax Team

RUS

1:29,194

43

2,245

22

20

RINGEL,Ethan Atech CRS GP

USA

1:29,264

40

2,315

23

29

WEHRLEIN,Pascal RSC Mücke MS

GER

1:29,267

27

2,318

24

17

TOLEDANO,Picho Tech1 Racing

MEX

1:29,449

43

2,500

25

25

CERRUTI,Michela Addax Team

ITA

1:29,967

21

3,018