gp3-carlogoTrident’s David Fumanelli tops timings on day 2 in Silverstone

 

Italian racer David Fumanelli posted the fastest time of the Silverstone two-day test with a 1:45.213 set in the morning session. This was a very impressive lap as it was a mammoth 4.9 seconds quicker than the GP3 lap record set in Silverstone last year, again showing the performance and speed of the new GP3/13 car and providing a very positive conclusion to pre-season testing. Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) was quickest in the afternoon session.

 

It was another bitterly cold day at the Northamptonshire circuit as the drivers braved the conditions for the final day of testing in temperatures of just two degrees. The MW Arden duo of Robert Visoiu and Carlos Sainz Jnr, along with ART Grand Prix drivers’ Jack Harvey and Facu Regalia were first to set competitive lap-times. Spaniard Sainz Jnr broke into the 1m46s barrier early on with a half a second advantage over Fumanelli.

 

There was a short halt in proceedings when Bamboo Engineering’s Carmen Jorda spun, once the action resumed, Koiranen GP’s Aaro Vainio made his way to the top of the timings. Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) stopped on track which brought the second red flag of the day. Marussia Manor Racing’s Dino Zamparelli flew to P1 with the quickest time of the two-day test at that point before Regalia demoted the Brit’ to P2 and became the first driver to dip into the 1m45s, 3 tenths faster.

 

With one hour left on the clock, all eyes were on Fumanelli as he posted a stunning laptime to go 6 tenths clear of the Argentine. Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) and Sainz Jnr rose to P3 and P4 whilst there was a third red flag with a second spin for Jorda in the final moments of the session.

 

The order at the chequered flag was Fumanelli, Regalia, Fontana, Sainz Jnr, Zamparelli, Vainio, Melville McKee (Bamboo Engineering), Ellinas, Giovanni Venturini (Trident) and Nick Cassidy (Marussia Manor Racing).

 

Most drivers in the afternoon session concentrated on long runs in preparation for the upcoming races. Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus was first to go P1 until Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix) and Ellinas shot to the top of timesheets at the midway point. With just over one hour remaining, Regalia went fastest until Ellinas reclaimed back his position at the head of the timings.

 

Conor Daly moved up the order, posting the fourth quickest time as the minutes ticked down. Standings at the chequered flag were Ellinas, Regalia, Harvey, Daly, Venturini, Cassidy, Nick Yelloly, Vainio, Zamparelli and Korjus.

Jenzer Motorsport’s Samin Gomez did not participate in the test today due to illness.

 

The opening round of the 2013 season gets underway at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona on 11-13 May and it promises to be a thrilling season with the introduction of the second generation car.

 

 

Day 2: Morning Session

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. David Fumanelli Trident 1:45.213

24

2. Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix 1:45.855

25

3. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:46.040

31

4. Carlos Sainz Jnr MW Arden 1:46.107

25

5. Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing 1:46.157

27

6. Aaro Vainio Koiranen GP 1:46.226

24

7. Melville McKee Bamboo Engineering 1:46.262

16

8. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:46.281

21

9. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1:46.282

23

10. Nick Cassidy Marussia Manor Racing 1:46.336

31

11. Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix 1:46.350

28

12. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1:46.399

36

13. Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP 1:46.406

19

14. Conor Daly ART Grand Prix 1:46.437

25

15. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1:46.468

20

16. Felipe Guimaraes Bamboo Engineering 1:46.526

32

17. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1:46.539

20

18. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:46.888

35

19. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1:47.039

33

20. Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP 1:47.312

11

21. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1:47.388

23

22. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:47.869

18

23. Josh Webster Status Grand Prix 1:48.380

21

24. Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix 1:48.754

22

25. Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix 1:49.760

15

26. Carmen Jorda Bamboo Engineering 1:50.519

17

       

 

 

Day 2: Afternoon Session*

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:45.821

20

2. Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix 1:46.194

33

3. Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix 1:46.266

34

4. Conor Daly ART Grand Prix 1:46.407

28

5. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1:46.440

37

6. Nick Cassidy Marussia Manor Racing 1:46.476

21

7. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1:46.483

32

8. Aaro Vainio Koiranen GP 1:46.496

15

9. Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing 1:46.543

18

10. Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP 1:46.650

14

11. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:46.876

27

12. Josh Webster Status Grand Prix 1:47.004

22

13. Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix 1:47.056

23

14. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1:47.109

37

15. Felipe Guimaraes Bamboo Engineering 1:47.385

30

16. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1:47.480

24

17. Carlos Sainz Jnr MW Arden 1:47.514

24

18. Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix 1:47.629

36

19. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:48.036

31

20. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1:48.115

20

21. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1:48.234

44

22. Melville McKee Bamboo Engineering 1:48.276

23

23. David Fumanelli Trident 1:48.731

24

24. Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP 1:48.918

18

25. Carmen Jorda Bamboo Engineering 1:50.540

21

*Alex Fontana’s times deleted after his Jenzer Motorsport car was found to be underweight