gp3-carlogoKoiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus quickest in opening session in Spain

Rookie Korjus took first blood in Valencia by recording the best lap in Free Practice which was two tenths faster than Carlin’s Nick Yelloly and Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser. Korjus’ laptime was 4.3s quicker than the fastest time set at the circuit in 2012 with the previous generation car.

Glorious weather set the scene for Free Practice for Round 2 of the GP3 season in Valencia, Spain. Circuit Ricardo Tormo hosts this weekend’s standalone event which sees a different timetable with the event run over two days with both Race 1 and Race 2 taking place on Sunday.

The full grid of 27 drivers made their way onto the track for their installation laps under the intense heat with some teams focusing on aerodynamic tests. ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly set the initial pace, the first driver to lap in the 1m22s. MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat and Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas both went quicker, the Russian driver a mere five thousandths faster than the Cypriot to head the standings.

At the midway point, Estonian Korjus posted a 1:22.058 to go top with Yelloly and Niederhauser a few tenths off. The drivers began to find their limits in preparation for the upcoming qualifying session with small off-track moments for Daly, Ellinas, Korjus and Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport).

Carlin’s Eric Lichtenstein stopped on circuit as the chequered flag came out. Korjus ended the session fastest, ahead of Yelloly, Niederhauser, Carlos Sainz (MW Arden), Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering), Aaro Vainio (Koiranen GP), Ellinas, Kvyat, Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix) and Daly.

Qualifying takes places later today at 14.30 CET.

Free Practice

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP 1:22.058

16

2. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1:22.305

19

3. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:22.388

18

4. Carlos Sainz MW Arden 1:22.449

20

5. Lewis Williamson Bamboo Engineering 1:22.496

21

6. Aaro Vainio Koiranen GP 1:22.552

19

7. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:22.705

21

8. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1:22.774

19

9. Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix 1:22.883

21

10. Conor Daly ART Grand Prix 1:22.962

20

11. David Fumanelli Trident 1:23.039

18

12. Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix 1:23.050

22

13. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:23.052

20

14. Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix 1:23.180

22

15. Melville McKee Bamboo Engineering 1:23.181

22

16. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1:23.187

20

17. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1:23.206

20

18. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:23.366

21

19. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1:23.399

19

20. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1:23.405

20

21. Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing 1:23.471

19

22. Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP 1:24.084

18

23. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:24.098

19

24. Josh Webster Status Grand Prix 1:24.392

21

25. Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix 1:24.421

23

26. Carmen Jorda Bamboo Engineering 1:24.493

22

27. Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing 1:25.264

21