Antonio Felix Da Costa, GP3 Series Media

Carlin’s Antonio Felix Da Costa ends Spanish second pre-season test as fastest overall

Portuguese Antonio Felix Da Costa was fastest in the second day of testing after recording the quickest time in the morning session. His time of 1:37.934 was the fastest achieved after two test days in Catalunya. In the afternoon session Daniel Abt headed the timesheets as he repeated his form from day one.

GP3 Series pre-season testing continued for the second and final day in Barcelona at the Circuit de Catalunya. There were just two changes to the drive line-up: Aaro Vainio for Lotus GP returned to action after missing day one and Frenchman Yann Zimmer stepped in at Status Grand Prix replacing Tom Blomqvist who tested the previous day.

Clear skies and warm temperatures greeted the paddock and it was Da Costa who set the pace in the opening thirty minutes ahead of MW Arden’s David Fumanelli. There was an early red flag when Daniel Abt stopped on track after suffering an oil leak from the engine. When the session was back underway, Matias Laine headed the top of the timesheets until Da Costa became the first man to break into the 1m37s barrier. The Finn then became the only other driver to match the pace of the Carlin man by recording a time in the 1m37s. The pair remained on top in a quiet morning session with drivers focusing on their day’s programme.

Yesterday’s fastest man Mitch Evans was P3 followed by Kevin Ceccon, Marlon Stockinger and Conor Daly. The Jenzer Motorsport duo of Robert Visoiu and Patric Niederhauser were P7 and P8 with Vainio and William Buller completing the top ten. 

There were two more interruptions to the session when Ethan Ringel spun off into the gravel at turn 8 and Ceccon spun at turn 1, with both incidents requiring red flags.

With hotter temperatures in the afternoon, it was Abt who bounced back from a difficult morning and claimed early control going P1 ahead of Evans and Stockinger. After one hour, there was a halt in proceedings after Ringel stopped and the session was red flagged.

The German improved on his best time to increase the gap back to Evans to 0.8s ahead of the final hour of the test. Tio Ellinas shot up to P2 in the final twenty minutes with Visoiu and Da Costa close in pursuit. With ten minutes remaining, Jenzer Motorsport’s Russian driver Maxim Zimin got within 0.2s of Abt’s fastest time of the afternoon to push the Cypriot down to P3. Vicky Piria spun at the close of the session and the red flag was brought out briefly. Tamas Pal Kiss went to P4 in the final five minutes to finish in front of Visoiu, Da Costa, Evans, Kotaro Sakurai, Stockinger and Fabiano Machado.

The third and final test will take place at Silverstone on the 11-12th April 2012 before the season commences in Barcelona in May.

Morning session

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:37.934

29

2. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:37.993

33

3. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:38.154

30

4. Kevin Ceccon Trident Racing 1:38.239

21

5. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:38.283

26

6. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:38.322

34

7. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.391

34

8. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.452

32

9. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 1:38.469

34

10. William Buller Carlin 1:38.471

40

11. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:38.542

29

12. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:38.593

26

13. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:38.603

35

14. Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.692

32

15. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:38.955

32

16. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 1:38.977

34

17. Alex Brundle Carlin 1:39.129

40

18. Yann Zimmer Status Grand Prix 1:39.153

38

19. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:39.318

21

20. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:39.348

33

21. Kotaro Sakurai Status Grand Prix 1:39.419

31

22. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:39.492

4

23. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:39.785

33

24. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:40.601

31

25. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 1:40.930

27

26. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:41.997

30

Afternoon Session*

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:38.760

49

2. Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.027

28

3. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:39.058

35

4. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:39.321

27

5. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.354

32

6. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:39.379

35

7. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:39.635

42

8. Kotaro Sakurai Status Grand Prix 1:39.646

34

9. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:39.690

37

10. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:39.791

37

11. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.946

25

12. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:40.014

28

13. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:40.016

37

14. William Buller Carlin 1:40.076

23

15. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:40.329

34

16. Alex Brundle Carlin 1:40.344

35

17. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 1:40.638

37

18. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 1:40.902

34

19. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:40.977

38

20. Kevin Ceccon Trident Racing 1:41.012

39

21. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 1:41.075

9

22. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:41.197

26

23. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:41.582

28

24. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:42.192

34

25. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:42.878

25

*Car 16 Yann Zimmer Status Grand Prix laptimes deleted when car was checked and found underweight.