gp3-carlogoMarussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas on top on day one

Tio Ellinas recorded the fastest time in the afternoon session on day one of the official pre-season test at the Northamptonshire circuit. The Cypriot’s quickest time of 1:46.211 was 3.9 seconds quicker than the previous GP3 record set by Mitch Evans here in 2012 with the first generation car. Carlos Sainz Jnr set the best time in the morning session.

Very chilly temperatures greeted the GP3 paddock for the final two-day pre-season test. The sun may have been shining but with ground temperatures below zero as the test begun, the full grid of 27 drivers set their installation laps and returned to the pits and waited for the winds to die down and for the track to warm up.

Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) and Nick Cassidy (Marussia Manor Racing) were the first two drivers to set times in the 1m47’s with a hype of activity in the last hour with the majority of drivers braving the big freeze. Ellinas and David Fumanelli (Trident) shot to the head of the timings until Spaniard Sainz Jnr went half a second quicker than the Cypriot to end the morning on top.

At the chequered flag it was Ellinas, Fumanelli, Fontana, Cassidy, Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden), Nick Yelloly (Carlin), Giovanni Venturini (Trident) and the Koiranen GP duo of Aaro Vainio and Kevin Korjus.

Following the two hour lunch break, the session got underway with an early red flag for Regalia who stopped on the circuit whilst teammate Jack Harvey topped the timesheets. Melville McKee (Bamboo Racing) was P1 at the midway point when Luis Sa Silva (Carlin) ran wide at Becketts and kissed the barrier, whilst Fumanelli stopped on circuit which both caused small interruptions to proceedings.

Yelloly rose to P2 as the wind increased making driving conditions difficult. Regalia posted the best time of the day while Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) ran wide at Chapel at the latter stages of the day as there was a brief stoppage covered by red flags. With one minute left on the clock, Ellinas went a mere 0.036s faster than the Argentine to claim P1.

The final times saw Ellinas, Regalia, Yelloly, Ellinas, Harvey, McKee, Fumanelli, Robert Visoiu, Fontana, Korjus and Conor Daly, with the top ten drivers covered by a second.

Tomorrow’s test session will run from 09.00 – 12.00 a one hour break. The afternoon session will run from 13.00 – 16.00 GMT.

Day 1: Morning Session

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Carlos Sainz Jnr MW Arden 1:46.795

10

2. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:47.389

10

3. David Fumanelli Trident 1:47.490

11

4. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.700

24

5. Nick Cassidy Marussia Manor Racing 1:47.850

13

6. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1:47.904

13

7. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1:47.942

14

8. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1:48.047

14

9. Aaro Vainio Koiranen GP 1:48.238

7

10. Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP 1:48.242

15

11. Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP 1:48.370

13

12. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:48.493

15

13. Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing 1:48.545

12

14. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1:48.796

12

15. Melville McKee Bamboo Racing 1:48.889

13

16. Josh Webster Status Grand Prix 1:49.025

15

17. Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix 1:49.484

15

18. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1:49.546

13

19. Felipe Guimaraes Bamboo Racing 1:49.633

12

20. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:49.644

16

21. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1:49.725

15

22. Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix 1:50.566

12

23. Carmen Jorda Bamboo Racing 1:52.684

13

24. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:52.887

10

25. Conor Daly ART Grand Prix

1

26. Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix

1

27. Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix

1

 

 

Day 1: Afternoon Session*

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:46.211

29

2. Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix 1:46.247

31

3. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1:46.540

37

4. Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix 1:46.664

23

5. Melville McKee Bamboo Racing 1:46.719

20

6. David Fumanelli Trident 1:46.774

24

7. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1:47.027

32

8. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.050

28

9. Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP 1:47.143

18

10. Conor Daly ART Grand Prix 1:47.177

33

11. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1:47.345

32

12. Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing 1:47.391

30

13. Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix 1:47.402

29

14. Josh Webster Status Grand Prix 1:47.474

30

15. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.698

11

16. Felipe Guimaraes Bamboo Racing 1:47.731

25

17. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1:47.924

25

18. Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix 1:47.983

18

19. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1:48.305

34

20. Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP 1:48.322

24

21. Nick Cassidy Marussia Manor Racing 1:48.755

23

22. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1:48.977

9

23. Aaro Vainio Koiranen GP 1:49.146

11

24. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:50.517

15

25. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:50.890

15

26. Carmen Jorda Bamboo Racing 1:51.457

21

*Carlos Sainz Jnr’s times deleted after his MW Arden car was found underweight