Mitch Evans (MW Arden) Pre Season Test Silverstone

MW Arden’s Mitch Evans quickest on day two at Silverstone

The final pre-season test concluded in Silverstone today before the GP3 Series heads to Barcelona next month to kick start the 2012 season. The session got underway under dark clouds on a chilly morning at a slippery circuit which was declared wet at the start of the test. Maxim Zimin stepped into the Jenzer Motorsport and was fastest for the first hour until Tio Ellinas in his Marussia Manor Racing car took control of the timesheets. The morning test was eventful: five red flags occurred with several drivers getting caught out in the tricky conditions.

Antonio Felix Da Costa went top as the times continued to improve on a drying track as the drivers switched from wet tyres to slicks. Aaro Vainio then shot to P1 as the session was red flagged when Kotaro Sakurai spun off into the gravel. Ocean Racing Technology’s Robert Cregan suffered a technical issue when he was forced to stop on the circuit, giving a premature end to his morning test.

The position at the top of the timings then changed numerous times before Felix Da Costa regained his place back at the head of the standings. Conor Daly and Ellinas jumped up to P2 and P3 ahead of William Buller who was confirmed as driving for Carlin for 2012 this morning. David Fumanelli, Marlon Stockinger, Vainio, Daniel Abt, Matias Laine and Kevin Ceccon completed the top ten.

Following the one hour lunch break, it was the fastest man from day one, Mitch Evans who set the early pace in the afternoon. The New Zealander quickly improved on his best time from yesterday by a tenth of a second setting a lap of 1’50.150. Buller then made a trip into the gravel, thus causing a halt to proceedings. As the rest of the drivers concentrated on long runs and some pitstop practice, Laine had a quick, therefore a red flag arose. Within the final forty-five minutes, the rain began to lightly fall, as the session came to a close with Evans heading the pack again. Robert Visiou was a late addition to the top ten and went P2 in the dying stages ahead of Vainio, Fumanelli, Abt, Ellinas, Stockinger, Daly, Laine and Alex Brundle.

GP3 Series is next on track when the 2012 campaign begins at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on 11-13 May.

Morning session

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:50.457

35

2. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:50.561

24

3. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:50.595

34

4. William Buller Carlin 1:50.655

26

5. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:50.740

17

6. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:50.815

23

7. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 1:50.886

25

8. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:50.915

22

9. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:51.069

17

10. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 1:51.072

22

11. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:51.376

30

12. Alex Brundle Carlin 1:51.400

35

13. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:51.420

14

14. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1:51.857

24

15. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:51.909

25

16. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:51.920

27

17. Alice Powell Status Grand Prix 1:51.974

34

18. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:52.046

31

19. Kotaro Sakurai Status Grand Prix 1:52.085

25

20. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 1:52.334

32

21. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 1:53.352

28

22. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:54.160

32

23. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:54.632

14

24. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:55.488

30

25. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:55.616

28

26. Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 1:59.432

11

Afternoon Session

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:50.150

36

2. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1:50.662

30

3. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 1:50.840

41

4. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:50.908

36

5. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:51.133

45

6. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:51.173

30

7. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:51.217

36

8. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:51.253

35

9. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:51.423

33

10. Alex Brundle Carlin 1:51.439

44

11. Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 1:51.503

28

12. William Buller Carlin 1:51.538

23

13. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:51.627

31

14. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:51.661

34

15. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 1:51.688

39

16. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:51.840

24

17. Kotaro Sakurai Status Grand Prix 1:51.920

36

18. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 1:52.278

27

19. Alice Powell Status Grand Prix 1:52.299

43

20. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:52.417

27

21. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:52.713

35

22. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:52.817

26

23. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 1:53.015

27

24. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:53.480

37

25. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:53.851

31

26. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:55.248

33