GP3 LogoCarlin driver fastest overall in Barcelona pre-season test

 

Carlin’s Emil Bernstorff topped the timesheet on day two of the Barcelona pre-season test, by posting the best time of the day with a 1:34.494 set in the morning session which was the quickest lap of the two day test. Marussia Manor Racing’s Dean Stoneman clocked the fastest time in the afternoon.

 

Blue skies and slightly cooler temperatures greeted the GP3 paddock for the second and final day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya. Luis Sa Silva from Angola was first to exit the pitlane with Alex Lynn and Matheo Tuscher quick to follow.

 

It was a frenetic first hour with the times tumbling and positions changing. Marvin Kirchhofer (ART Grand Prix) was first to dip into the 1m35’s before Lynn blitzed his time lapping in the 1m34’s. Nick Yelloly (Status Grand Prix) nearly matched the Brit’s best efforts, just missing out by a mere 0.005s to go P2.

 

It was another Carlin driver to take the spotlight, this time the turn of Bernstorff who produced a blistering lap to rocket into P1, four tenths faster than his teammate Lynn. Pal Varhaug (Jenzer Motorsport) was another man on the move, the Swiss driver jumping up to second fastest, two tenths off Bernstorff.

 

Denis Nagulin (Trident) had an excursion into the gravel at Turn 9 which halted the session briefly as the positions remained fairly unchanged at the top for the second half of the morning session. Nick Yelloly (Status Grand Prix) snuck into P4, displacing Patric Niederhauser (Arden International) to fifth.

 

At the chequered flag it was Bernstorff who remained on top of the pile, ahead of Varhaug, Lynn, Yelloly, Niederhauser, Sa Silva, Alex Fontana, Kirchhofer, Jimmy Eriksson and Patrick Kujala. The top eight drivers were covered by less than half a second.

 

There was just a one hour break before the afternoon session commenced and it was Trident’s Roman De Beer who headed the pack early on. Victor Carbone made light contact with the barrier at Turn 4 which brought the red flag out for a brief time. Once the session re-started, it was Varhaug who rose to P1, four tenths ahead of the South African rookie. Marussia Manor Racing’s Stoneman edged out the Jenzer Motorsport driver by 0.016s to claim top spot with an hour remaining.

 

Some teams were choosing to practice pit-stops whilst others were opting for race simulations ahead of the upcoming new season. A third red flag occurred when Niederhauser stopped on track with less than 10 minutes to go and the session resumed with just over a minute left. Stoneman retained P1, ahead of Varhaug, De Beer, Kujala, Tuscher, Alfonso Celis Jr, Adderly Fong, Carbone, Nelson Mason and Richie Stanaway.

 

It is now just three weeks until the racing gets underway with Round 1 back here in Barcelona on 09-11 May 2014 – with reigning GP3 Series Champion Daniil Kvyat setting the F1 world alight, who will be next to follow in the Russian’s footsteps?

 

Morning Results

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1:34.494 38
Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 1:34.699 32
Alex Lynn Carlin 1:34.727 38
Nick Yelloly Status Grand Prix 1:34.754 41
Patric Niederhauser Arden International 1:34.845 39
Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:34.897 37
Alex Fontana ART Grand Prix 1:34.908 40
Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 1:34.981 38
Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 1:35.096 20
Patrick Kujala Marussia Manor Racing 1:35.114 30
Dino Zamparelli ART Grand Prix 1:35.144 38
Adderly Fong Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.171 40
Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP 1:35.282 40
Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.305 28
Dean Stoneman Marussia Manor Racing 1:35.353 28
Roman De Beer Trident 1:35.398 35
Jann Mardenborough Arden International 1:35.572 37
Robert Visoiu Arden International 1:35.693 43
Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1:35.839 30
Alfonso Celis Jr Status Grand Prix 1:36.165 40
Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing 1:36.312 27
Nelson Mason Hilmer Motorsport 1:36.334 31
Victor Carbone Trident 1:36.620 39
Ivan Taranov Hilmer Motorsport 1:37.211 41
Denis Nagulin Trident 1:37.296 29
Carmen Jorda Koiranen GP 1:39.117 30

 

Afternoon Results

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
Dean Stoneman Marussia Manor Racing 1:36.312 35
Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 1:36.328 33
Roman De Beer Trident 1:36.743 30
Patrick Kujala Marussia Manor Racing 1:36.948 29
Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 1:37.008 32
Alfonso Celis Jr Status Grand Prix 1:37.078 30
Adderly Fong Jenzer Motorsport 1:37.209 22
Victor Carbone Trident 1:37.309 27
Nelson Mason Hilmer Motorsport 1:37.410 27
Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1:37.508 25
Robert Visoiu Arden International 1:37.513 22
Dino Zamparelli ART Grand Prix 1:37.566 36
Jann Mardenborough Arden International 1:37.660 37
Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 1:37.680 40
Alex Fontana ART Grand Prix 1:37.682 39
Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 1:37.770 41
Denis Nagulin Trident 1:37.782 41
Patric Niederhauser Arden International 1:37.784 30
Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing 1:38.084 23
Alex Lynn Carlin 1:38.097 24
Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP 1:38.159 21
Nick Yelloly Status Grand Prix 1:38.176 23
Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1:38.259 24
Ivan Taranov Hilmer Motorsport 1:38.331 30
Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:38.337 21
Carmen Jorda Koiranen GP 1:47.087 3