gp3-carlogoKoiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus fastest on day one in Hungary

Estonian driver Kevin Korjus posted the best time of the morning session with a lap time of 1:32.530 which was a new GP3 circuit record. Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering) topped the times in the afternoon on day one of testing in mixed weather conditions.

Following Round 1 in Barcelona three weeks ago, GP3 Series returned to action for a two-day mid-season test at the Hungaroring. With the next race taking place in just a week’s time in Valencia, track time was vital for the teams and drivers with their new GP3/13 car in preparation for the busy schedule ahead.

After a deluge of rain on set-up day and rain forecast for the test, the paddock were pleasantly surprised to be welcomed with a dry start to proceedings, if only 15 degrees with heavy clouds hovering above. The 27 drivers took to the track to set their installation laps and after a short time, ventured back onto the circuit to set the pace while some drivers concentrated on race simulations.

Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser was the first to complete a lap in the early 1m34’s with Koiranen GP duo of Aaro Vainio and Patrick Kujala close in pursuit. The 1m33’s barrier was broken by MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat as the times began to tumble at the mid-point of the morning session.

Williamson’s lap of 1:32.781 was the new target to beat when he was first to dip into the 1:32’s, until Korjus improved on his laptime to go just over two tenths faster than the Scot. At the close of play of the morning test, Korjus finished on top ahead of the Bamboo Engineering pair of Williamson and Melville McKee. Fourth was Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix), Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport), Kvyat, Vainio, David Fumanelli (Trident), Niederhauser and Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas.

Light rain fell just before the afternoon session began, and the first red flag of the day occurred when Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) spun into the gravel at Turn 10. Dino Zamparelli was next to get caught out by the conditions as he went off at turn 3 and made contact with the barrier which brought the red flag out for a short spell. Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) headed the timings until Conor Daly and Regalia went one-two for their French outfit. Carlin’s Eric Lichtenstein was next to set the pace before GP3 Series leader Ellinas grabbed P1 off the Argentine at the midway point of the session.

With one hour left on the clock, rookies McKee and Josh Webster (Status Grand Prix) took turns heading the timings as the times continued to get faster as the track dried out. Carlin’s Nick Yelloly rose to P1 before Williamson clocked the best time of the afternoon session in a 1:33.710. The heavens opened as the session drew to a close whilst Niederhauser went off the track at Turn 11. The rain continued to hammer down, with the drivers opting not to run for the final few minutes.

At the chequered flag it was Williamson, Kvyat, Yelloly, Sainz, Vainio, Ellinas, Jimmy Eriksson (Status Grand Prix), Robert Visoiu and Webster.

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 CET.

Day 1: Morning

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP 1:32.530

14

2. Lewis Williamson Bamboo Engineering 1:32.781

19

3. Melville McKee Bamboo Engineering 1:33.021

20

4. Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix 1:33.027

11

5. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:33.045

20

6. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1:33.332

28

7. Aaro Vainio Koiranen GP 1:33.536

16

8. David Fumanelli Trident 1:33.547

22

9. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:33.579

27

10. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:33.746

19

11. Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP 1:33.758

13

12. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1:33.766

29

13. Conor Daly ART Grand Prix 1:33.773

11

14. Carlos Sainz MW Arden 1:33.965

26

15. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1:34.201

27

16. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1:34.278

22

17. Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix 1:34.416

12

18. Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing 1:34.519

28

19. Josh Webster Status Grand Prix 1:34.915

32

20. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1:35.574

19

21. Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix 1:36.236

23

22. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:36.364

22

23. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1:36.530

24

24. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:36.568

28

25. Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix 1:37.057

24

26. Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing 1:38.037

27

27. Carmen Jorda Bamboo Engineering

22

 

 

Day 1: Afternoon

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Lewis   Williamson Bamboo   Engineering 1:33.710

24

2. Daniil   Kvyat MW Arden 1:33.801

9

3. Nick   Yelloly Carlin 1:33.942

20

4. Carlos   Sainz MW Arden 1:34.299

12

5. Aaro   Vainio Koiranen GP 1:34.624

17

6. Tio   Ellinas Marussia   Manor Racing 1:34.803

21

7. Jimmy   Eriksson Status Grand   Prix 1:35.007

19

8. Adderly   Fong Status Grand   Prix 1:35.017

5

9. Robert   Visoiu MW Arden 1:35.077

12

10. Josh   Webster Status Grand   Prix 1:35.353

14

11. Eric   Lichtenstein Carlin 1:35.459

29

12. Giovanni   Venturini Trident 1:35.500

19

13. Luis   Sa Silva Carlin 1:35.991

14

14. Melville   McKee Bamboo   Engineering 1:36.180

15

15. Samin   Gomez Jenzer   Motorsport 1:36.705

18

16. Kevin   Korjus Koiranen GP 1:36.888

15

17. Conor   Daly ART Grand   Prix 1:37.813

18

18. Patric   Kujala Koiranen GP 1:37.824

21

19. David   Fumanelli Trident 1:37.837

11

20. Emanuele   Zonzini Trident 1:38.684

14

21. Carmen   Jorda Bamboo   Engineering 1:39.182

18

22. Patric   Niederhauser Jenzer   Motorsport 1:39.426

8

23. Facu   Regalia ART Grand   Prix 1:51.354

14

24. Alex   Fontana Jenzer   Motorsport 1:53.582

13

25. Ryan   Cullen Marussia   Manor Racing 1:54.485

8

26. Dino   Zamparelli Marussia   Manor Racing
27. Jack   Harvey ART Grand   Prix