GP3 – Niederhauser sets early pace in Barcelona

//GP3 – Niederhauser sets early pace in Barcelona

GP3 – Niederhauser sets early pace in Barcelona

gp3-carlogoJenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser fastest in free practice at Round 1

Swiss driver Patric Niederhauser took first blood in the opening session at Barcelona with a laptime of 1:35.044 which broke the previous track record by over three seconds. Trident’s David Fumanelli and Jenzer Motorsport’s Alex Fontana finished second and third.

The opening round of the 2013 GP3 Series got underway today at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona with the eagerly anticipated second generation car. Menacing dark clouds hovered over half of the circuit with sunshine looming in the pitlane as free practice begun, signifying the start of the fourth season of the Series.

The sound of the twenty-seven GP3/13 cars roaring down the straight was a glorious sound. Trident’s Emanuele Zonzini was first to feed onto the track. Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix), Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) were the early pacesetters with Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) and Fumanelli close in pursuit, lapping in times of 1m36s.

Rookie drivers Josh Webster (Status Grand Prix) and Patrick Kujala (Koiranen GP) both finished their session in the gravel early on, whilst MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat flew to the top of the timesheets, clocking a best time six tenths faster than Harvey at the midway point.

With less than ten minutes on the clock Swiss Fontana grabbed P1 and further improved on his best lap on his next attempt. However, his Jenzer Motorsport teammate had other ideas and Niederhauser rose to the top of the timings and held the position until the chequered flag. Fumanelli spoiled the Jenzer Motorsport party in the dying moments to split the duo to end P2, just a mere 0.093s off Niederhauser’s best effort.

At the close of the forty-five minute practice session, Niederhauser headed the timings, with Fumanelli, Fontana, Robert Visoiu (MW Arden), Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix), Kvyat and the Carlin duo of Nick Yelloly and Luis Sa Silva. Harvey and Zonzini completed the top ten.

Qualifying takes place at 09.45 CET tomorrow morning.

Practice

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.044

17

2. David Fumanelli Trident 1:35.137

17

3. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.464

17

4. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1:35.581

15

5. Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix 1:35.800

18

6. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1:35.810

15

7. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1:35.821

20

8. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:36.170

19

9. Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix 1:36.417

17

10. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1:36.471

17

11. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1:36.480

19

12. Conor Daly ART Grand Prix 1:36.553

17

13. Carlos Sainz Jr MW Arden 1:36.567

11

14. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:36.680

18

15. Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix 1:36.951

16

16. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1:36.973

19

17. Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing 1:37.224

19

18. Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix 1:37.304

16

19. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:37.512

18

20. Lewis Williamson Bamboo Engineering 1:37.513

16

21. Melville McKee Bamboo Engineering 1:37.763

21

22. Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP 1:37.903

17

23. Carmen Jorda Bamboo Engineering 1:38.321

19

24. Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing 1:38.582

17

25. Josh Webster Status Grand Prix 1:38.648

4

26. Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP 1:38.801

4

27. Aaro Vainio Koiranen GP 1:39.091

20

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