GP3 LogoMarussia Manor Racing’s Oliver Rowland tops both sessions in Abu Dhabi

British rookie driver Oliver Rowland was quickest in both the morning and afternoon sessions of day two of GP3 testing at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The Marussia Manor Racing driver clocked a best laptime of 1:55.600.

Robert Visoiu was back in the MW Arden machine and he was quick to set the early pace with Patric Niederhauser in P2, the Swiss driver having switched to ART Grand Prix for the second day of testing. Rowland shot to P1, two tenths faster than the Romanian before Trident’s Roman de Beer moved himself up the order to second.

There was a short stoppage when Ivan Taranov (RUSSIAN TIME) made light contact with the barrier at Turn 8. Once the action resumed Dean Stoneman (Koiranen GP) rose to fourth before Kuba Dalewski spun, which created a small interruption with the red flag.

Carmen Jorda (Koiranen GP) spun at turn 14 at the close of the session and as the chequered flag was waved, the timings finished as: Rowland (highest rookie), Niederhauser, Visoiu, Stoneman, Emil Bernstorff (Carlin), de Beer, Marvin Kirchhofer (MW Arden), Alex Fontana (ART Grand Prix), Edward Jones (MW Arden) and Jimmy Eriksson (RUSSIAN TIME).

Following GP2’s turn on track since both Series’ are sharing track time, there was one addition to the afternoon driver line-up with American driver Gustavo Menezez driving the number 10 car at Jenzer Motorsport. Niederhauser claimed top of the timings until Rowland put in a flier with David Fumanelli into third. At the midway point, it was all change at the top with Carlin’s Jan Mardenborough shooting to P1, but only for a matter of seconds before Visoiu regained the head of the timesheets.

Stoneman moved into P2, one tenth shy of the quickest time, whilst with one hour left on the clock, the red flags were out for Marvin Kirchhofer who stopped on track. The MW Arden driver was back out and certainly on the pace as he became the first driver to lap in the 1m55’s barrier as well as bagging a provisional P1. Stoneman and Visoiu improved, demoting the German rookie to third a short time after and with 15 minutes remaining, Rowland was keen to pocket fastest times in both sessions and lapped a tenth quicker than the Koiranen GP driver to end the day in position one. Niederhauser rose to P2 as the chequered flag called an end on the day.

The top ten finished as Rowland, Niederhauser, Stoneman, Visoiu, Kirchhofer, de Beer, Fontana, Eriksson, Mardenborough and Jones.

GP3 will run the same schedule as today for the third and final day of testing with the morning session at 09.00 – 11.30 and the afternoon one at 15.00 – 17.30.

Day 2 Test – Morning Session

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Oliver Rowland Marussia Manor Racing 1:56.020

23

2. Patric Niederhauser ART Grand Prix 1:56.270

24

3. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1:56.285

22

4. Dean Stoneman Koiranen GP 1:56.299

20

5. Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1:56.312

23

6. Roman de Beer Trident 1:56.365

24

7. Marvin Kirchhofer MW Arden 1:56.383

16

8. Alex Fontana ART Grand Prix 1:56.610

22

9. Edward Jones MW Arden 1:56.670

17

10. Jimmy Eriksson RUSSIAN TIME 1:56.727

23

11. Emanuele Zonzini ART Grand Prix 1:56.858

25

12. David Fumanelli Jenzer Motorsport 1:56.928

22

13. Jan Mardenborough Carlin 1:57.015

24

14. Nick Cassidy Status Grand Prix 1:57.372

19

15. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP 1:57.451

23

16. Kevin Joerg Jenzer Motorsport 1:57.497

22

17. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:57.503

23

18. Jack Hawksworth Status Grand Prix 1:57.760

29

19. Robert Cregan Trident 1:57.908

32

20. Markus Pommer RUSSIAN TIME 1:57.948

29

21. Kuba Dalewski Trident 1:57.965

23

22. Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing 1:58.023

12

23. Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing 1:58.220

15

24. Ivan Taranov RUSSIAN TIME 1:58.377

21

25. Nicholas Latifi Status Grand Prix 1:58.399

24

26. Carmen Jorda Koiranen GP 1:58.742

19

Day 2 Test – Afternoon Session

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Oliver   Rowland Marussia   Manor Racing 1:55.600

31

2. Patric   Niederhauser ART Grand   Prix 1:55.637

27

3. Dean   Stoneman Koiranen GP 1:55.711

27

4. Robert   Visoiu MW Arden 1:55.770

28

5. Marvin   Kirchhofer MW Arden 1:55.816

22

6. Roman   de Beer Trident 1:55.866

19

7. Alex   Fontana ART Grand   Prix 1:55.896

25

8. Jimmy   Eriksson RUSSIAN TIME 1:56.114

36

9. Jan   Mardenborough Carlin 1:56.145

30

10. Edward   Jones MW Arden 1:56.227

26

11. Emil   Bernstorff Carlin 1:56.231

31

12. David   Fumanelli Jenzer   Motorsport 1:56.285

17

13. Kevin   Joerg Jenzer   Motorsport 1:56.430

30

14. Robert   Cregan Trident 1:56.522

23

15. Jack   Hawksworth Status Grand   Prix 1:56.627

20

16. Nick   Cassidy Status Grand   Prix 1:56.686

16

17. Markus   Pommer RUSSIAN TIME 1:56.764

27

18. Emanuele   Zonzini ART Grand   Prix 1:56.766

22

19. Dino   Zamparelli Marussia   Manor Racing 1:56.864

32

20. Santiago   Urrutia Koiranen GP 1:56.881

22

21. Nicholas   Latifi Status Grand   Prix 1:57.079

26

22. Luis   Sa Silva Carlin 1:57.216

27

23. Gustavo   Menezes Jenzer   Motorsport 1:57.444

32

24. Kuba   Dalewski Trident 1:57.596

22

25. Ryan   Cullen Marussia   Manor Racing 1:57.789

26

26. Ivan   Taranov RUSSIAN TIME 1:58.004

30

27. Carmen   Jorda Koiranen GP 2:00.080

12