GP3 LogoMW Arden’s Patric Niederhauser fastest overall on third day of test in Abu Dhabi

Swiss ace Patric Niederhauser clocked the best time on the third and final day of post-season testing at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. ART Grand Prix’s Oliver Rowland topped the morning session. Niederhauser’s personal best, a 1:55.372 was a tenth quicker than the fastest time from the morning test.

There were three new faces to the last day of the test: Levin Amweg and Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum – both for Jenzer Motorsport and Saeed Al Mehairi (Trident).

Jack Hawksworth (Status Grand Prix) was the early pace setter until Rowland who had made the switch to ART Grand Prix surged to the front. Fellow ART Grand Prix tester Alex Fontana shot into P2, whilst Rowland was the first to lap in the 1m55’s.

There was a short stoppage when Al Maktoum spun but the session quickly resumed. Rowland bettered his personal best by two tenths to increase his advantage at the top, whilst Patric Niederhauser who had moved to the MW Arden squad for the last day snuck into P2. As the clock ticked down, nobody was able to beat the best laptime of 1:55.467 posted by Rowland.

After the two and half hour session, the chequered flag was waved with the top ten as Rowland, Niederhauser, Fontana, Hawksworth, Emil Bernstorff and Jan Mardenborough (both MW Arden), Dino Zamparelli and Melville McKee with (Marussia Manor Racing), Jimmy Eriksson (ART Grand Prix) and Nick Cassidy (Status Grand Prix).

Following GP2’s turn on track since the Series’ are sharing the test sessions, the afternoon test got underway and once again it was Rowland who headed the timesheets early doors. The top three spots were held by ART Grand Prix as Fontana and Eriksson slotted into second and third. At the midway point Cassidy was on the move into P2, until Niederhauser bettered his time by three hundredths of a second.

With 30 minutes remaining Dean Stoneman (Koiranen GP) disposed of Rowland’s P1 with Eriksson rising up to second, but Rowland found some extra pace to reclaim his position at the head of the timesheet by a mere 0.008s. However, Niederhauser had other plans and knocked the Brit off the top spot with 15 mins left on the clock.

The second red flag occurred at the close of play with Al Maktoum spinning at Turn 2. This gave the 27 drivers one chance for a hot lap and it was Niederhauser who held on to claim top spot at the chequered flag. Rowland was second, two tenths off, ahead of Stoneman, Eriksson, McKee, Mardenborough, Bernstorff, Fontana, Cassidy and Hawksworth.

Today concludes the end of post-season testing, GP3 Series will be back early next year ready for its fifth season – time flies!

Day 3 Test – Morning Session

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Oliver Rowland ART Grand Prix 1:55.467

30

2. Patric Niederhauser MW Arden 1:55.827

23

3. Alex Fontana ART Grand Prix 1:56.043

28

4. Jack Hawksworth Status Grand Prix 1:56.096

20

5. Emil Bernstorff MWArden 1:56.118

25

6. Jan Mardenborough MW Arden 1:56.148

25

7. Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing 1:56.238

28

8. Melville McKee Marussia Manor Racing 1:56.287

29

9. Jimmy Eriksson ART Grand Prix 1:56.436

21

10. Nick Cassidy Status Grand Prix 1:56.563

17

11. Dean Stoneman Koiranen GP 1:56.638

10

12. Marvin Kirchhofer RUSSIAN TIME 1:56.662

22

13. David Fumanelli Jenzer Motorsport 1:56.718

23

14. Nicholas Latifi Carlin 1:56.730

26

15. Juan Branger Trident 1:56.925

37

16. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:56.989

24

17. Markus Pommer RUSSIAN TIME 1:57.026

24

18. Robert Cregan Trident 1:57.294

26

19. Lewin Amweg Jenzer Motorsport 1:57.447

33

20. Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing 1:57.804

20

21. Gustavo Menezes Status Grand Prix 1:58.023

32

22. Carmen Jorda Koiranen GP 1:58.562

18

23. Ivan Taranov RUSSIAN TIME 1:58.630

26

24. David Pittard Carlin 1:58.826

27

25. Saeed Al Mehairi Trident 1:59.098

24

26. Sheikh Hasher Al   Maktoum Jenzer Motorsport 2:02.505

24

Day 3 Test – Afternoon Session

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Patric   Niederhauser MW Arden 1:55.372

26

2. Oliver   Rowland ART Grand   Prix 1:55.557

26

3. Dean   Stoneman Koiranen GP 1:55.565

14

4. Jimmy   Eriksson ART Grand   Prix 1:55.598

24

5. Melville   McKee Marussia   Manor Racing 1:55.640

21

6. Jan   Mardenborough MW Arden 1:55.721

32

7. Emil   Bernstorff MW Arden 1:55.789

28

8. Alex   Fontana ART Grand   Prix 1:55.848

30

9. Nick   Cassidy Status Grand   Prix 1:55.851

32

10. Jack   Hawksworth Status Grand   Prix 1:55.991

28

11. Markus   Pommer RUSSIAN TIME 1:56.063

33

12. David   Fumanelli Jenzer   Motorsport 1:56.122

24

13. Nicholas   Latifi Carlin 1:56.354

31

14. Dino   Zamparelli Marussia   Manor Racing 1:56.379

26

15. Marvin   Kirchhofer RUSSIAN TIME 1:56.525

11

16. Luis   Sa Silva Carlin 1:56.703

21

17. Ryan   Cullen Marussia   Manor Racing 1:57.024

32

18. Ivan   Taranov RUSSIAN TIME 1:57.136

30

19. Robert   Cregan Trident 1:57.255

20

20. Levin   Amweg Jenzer   Motorsport 1:57.601

18

21. Gustavo   Menezes Status Grand   Prix 1:57.734

29

22. David   Pittard Carlin 1:58.381

25

23. Juan   Branger Trident 1:59.088

23

24. Saeed   Al Mehairi Trident 1:59.310

12

25. Carmen   Jorda Koiranen GP 2:00.571

25

26. Sheikh   Hasher Al Maktoum Jenzer   Motorsport _