gp3-carlogoKoiranen GP’s Dean Stoneman tops both sessions in Abu Dhabi

The 2013 GP3 race season may be over but the action resumed in Abu Dhabi with three days of post-season testing. Dean Stoneman who stormed to a podium in Sunday’s Race 2 at the Yas Marina Circuit led the way in both the morning and afternoon sessions with a best laptime of 1:55.829

Carlin’s Jan Mardenborough was first onto the track in the morning session which saw a full line-up of 27 cars taking part in the test. The British driver lapped in the 1m57’s with Adderly Fong (Koiranen GP) topping the timesheets early on. There was a short delay covered by the red flags when David Fumanelli made light contact with the barrier at Turn 8 in the Jenzer Motorsport car.

As the clock ticked down and the session continued, the times tumbled and it was Stoneman who shot to P1 and headed into the 1m56’s bracket. Dino Zamparelli testing for the MW Arden outfit was a few tenths off the Koiranen GP driver, with Alex Fontana in the ART Grand Prix machine third.

GP3 Series welcomed RUSSIAN TIME to the tests – the team who’ve replaced Bamboo Engineering and they had experience at the helm in the form of Sam Bird who was on hand for some development tests. The Brit was consistent and in the top four with Kevin Korjus (Status Grand Prix) just behind.

At the chequered flag, it was Stoneman, Patric Niederhauser, Zamparelli, Bird and Korjus. Jan Mardenborough was the highest placed rookie in sixth place, ahead of Melville McKee, Alex Fontana, Roman de Beer and Emil Bernstorff.

Following GP2’s turn on track, GP3 resumed to track activity for the afternoon session. The red flags were waved for a stoppage on track with Kevin Joerg’s stricken car. ART Grand Prix’s Pierre Gasly shot to the top of the timings, first to break into the 1m55’s and remained on top for an hour until Marussia Manor Racing’s Oliver Rowland lapped a few hundredths quicker to steal P1. As the test drew to a close, fastest man from this morning Stoneman was back on it…and clocked the best time of the day to end the day on top.

With a few clouds appearing and light wind, the temperatures were slightly cooler as the session continued. At the chequered flag it finished as Stoneman, Gasly (fastest rookie), Rowland, Bird, Korjus, Fontana, Marvin Kirchhofer, Mardenborough, de Beer and Nick Cassidy.

Day 2 of testing for GP3 will run with the same schedule as today with the morning test at 09.00 – 11.30 and the afternoon 15.00 – 17.30 (local times).

Day 1 Test – Morning Session

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Dean Stoneman Koiranen GP 1:56.278

18

2. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:56.584

19

3. Dino Zamparelli MW Arden 1:56.649

18

4. Sam Bird RUSSIAN TIME 1:56.711

16

5. Kevin Korjus Status Grand Prix 1:56.837

16

6. Jan Mardenborough Carlin 1:56.858

22

7. Melville McKee Marussia Manor Racing 1:56.921

25

8. Alex Fontana ART Grand Prix 1:56.927

20

9. Roman de Beer Trident 1:56.986

27

10. Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1:57.067

24

11. Pierre Gasly ART Grand Prix 1:57.198

19

12. Marvin Kirchhofer MW Arden 1:57.211

20

13. Oliver Rowland Marussia Manor Racing 1:57.430

12

14. Edward Jones MW Arden 1:57.511

16

15. Jimmy Eriksson RUSSIAN TIME 1:57.635

8

16. Adderly Fong Koiranen GP 1:57.665

20

17. Emanuele Zonzini ART Grand Prix 1:57.670

19

18. David Fumanelli Jenzer Motorsport 1:57.881

15

19. Jordan King Status Grand Prix 1:57.883

5

20. Nick Cassidy Status Grand Prix 1:58.023

19

21. Nicholas Latifi Carlin 1:58.349

21

22. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP 1:58.701

21

23. Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing 1:58.771

26

24. Kevin Joerg Jenzer Motorsport 1:59.080

26

25. Ivan Taranov Trident 1:59.225

27

26. Juan Branger Trident 2.02.334

20

27. Kuba Dalewski RUSSIAN TIME 2:03.730

6

Day 1 Test – Afternoon Session

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Dean Stoneman Koiranen GP 1:55.829

25

2. Pierre Gasly ART Grand Prix 1:55.940

29

3. Oliver Rowland Marussia Manor Racing 1:55.967

17

4. Sam Bird RUSSIAN TIME 1:56.028

27

5. Kevin Korjus Status Grand Prix 1:56.419

24

6. Alex Fontana ART Grand Prix 1:56.432

25

7. Marvin Kirchhofer MW Arden 1:56.468

26

8. Jan Mardenborough Carlin 1:56.469

33

9. Roman de Beer Trident 1:56.549

23

10. Nick Cassidy Status Grand Prix 1:56..603

16

11. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:56.614

24

12. Dino Zamparelli MW Arden 1:56.628

25

13. Adderly Fong Koiranen GP 1:56.653

25

14. Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1:56.678

33

15. Edward Jones MW Arden 1:56.845

23

16. Jimmy Eriksson RUSSIAN TIME 1:56.904

28

17. Emanuele Zonzini ART Grand Prix 1:57.019

29

18. Melville McKee Marussia Manor Racing 1:57.247

23

19. David Fumanelli Jenzer Motorsport 1:57.269

20

20. Jordan King Status Grand Prix 1:57.274

26

21. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP 1:57.295

22

22. Nicholas Latifi Carlin 1:57.381

30

23. Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing 1:57.675

25

24. Ivan Taranov Trident 1:57.978

30

25. Juan Branger Trident 1:58.652

34

26. Kevin Joerg Jenzer Motorsport 1:58.798

14

27. Kuba Dalewski RUSSIAN TIME 1:59.116

30