GP3 LogoStatus GP driver quickest in morning pre-season test session

 

Nick Yelloly (Status Grand Prix) recorded the best time of the day with a 1:31.350 set in the morning session whilst Emil Bernstorff (Carlin) was top in the afternoon session.

 

The second official pre-season test was held at the Circuito de Jerez, Spain. This test marked the first appearance of Hilmer Motorsport, newcomers to the Series. There were also two new faces to the test: Christopher Hoher (Austrian) testing for Jenzer Motorsport and Denis Nagulin (Russia) testing for Trident.

 

Day one of testing opened under blue skies with very blustery conditions. The Status GP drivers of Yelloly and Richie Stanaway were first onto the circuit with the Brit holding the P1 slot early on. Alex Fontana (ART Grand Prix) and Carlin’s Alex Lynn soon jumped to the top of the timesheet until Yelloly split the pair. Koiranen GP’s Santiago Urrutia went quickest at the midway point by almost half a second before Lynn took control, improving on the Uruguayan’s best effort by over three tenths.

 

There was a short stoppage covered by a red flag when Hoher spun. Once the action resumed, Yelloly was back on it and clocked the fastest time of the session to end the morning P1. Lynn, Urrutia, Dino Zamparelli, Marvin Kirchhofer, Stanaway, Fontana, Jann Mardenborough, Pal Varhaug and Patrick Kujala completed the top ten.

 

Following the two hour break, the afternoon session commenced with many drivers practising race starts whilst some teams opted for race runs. Urrutia again led the way for the beginning of the session before Kirchhofer moved to the top of the standings. A second red flag occured when Hilmer Motorsport’s Nelson Mason stopped on track.

 

With a flurry of activity as almost all drivers headed onto the circuit for the final thirty-five minues, Koiranen GP’s Jimmy Eriksson flew to P1 with Fontana and Adderly Fong hot in pursuit. Bernstorff then became the pace setter, with five minutes remaining the session was red flagged after Kujala stopped on track.

 

The session did not resume, therefore at the close of play, Bernstorff headed the timings in front of Fontana, Eriksson, Zamparelli, Pal Varhaug, Kirchhofer, Yelloly, Robert Visoiu, Mardenborough and Fong.

 

The schedule for Day 2 of the test sees the test commence at 09.00 – 12.00 with a one hour break. The afternoon session will begin at 13.00 and end at 16.00.

 

Morning Results Day 1

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
Nick Yelloly Status Grand Prix 1:31.350 33
Alex Lynn Carlin 1:31.594 28
Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP 1:31.931 21
Dino Zamparelli ART Grand Prix 1:32.130 32
Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 1:32.237 36
Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1:32.354 33
Alex Fontana ART Grand Prix 1:32.410 39
Jann Mardenborough Arden International 1:32.504 20
Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.563 22
Patrick Kujala Marussia Manor Racing 1:32.653 32
Patric Niederhauser Arden International 1:32.687 23
Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:32.726 35
Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1:32.767 31
Robert Visoiu Arden International 1:32.788 21
Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 1:32.901 19
Nelson Mason Hilmer Motorsport 1:33.097 27
Dean Stoneman Marussia Manor Racing 1:33.119 36
Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing 1:33.426 42
Alfonso Celis Jr Status Grand Prix 1:33.726 35
Roman De Beer Trident 1:33.781 23
Adderly Fong Jenzer Motorsport 1:33.887 34
Christopher Hoher Jenzer Motorsport 1:34.715 30
Ivan Taranov Hilmer Motorsport 1:35.145 28
Denis Nagulin Trident 1:35.424 24
Victor Carbone Trident 1:35.743 30
Carmen Jorda Koiranen GP 1:36.958 22

 

Afternoon Results Day 1

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1:32.205 27
Alex Fontana ART Grand Prix 1:32.227 24
Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 1:32.283 22
Dino Zamparelli ART Grand Prix 1:32.405 31
Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.450 26
Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 1:32.517 31
Nick Yelloly Status Grand Prix 1:32.700 32
Robert Visoiu Arden International 1:32.763 36
Jann Mardenborough Arden International 1:33.186 34
Adderly Fong Jenzer Motorsport 1:33.210 20
Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1:33.213 30
Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP 1:33.448 26
Patric Niederhauser Arden International 1:33.545 38
Roman De Beer Trident 1:33.712 21
Patrick Kujala Marussia Manor Racing 1:33.833 23
Alex Lynn Carlin 1:34.013 24
Christopher Hoher Jenzer Motorsport 1:34.243 35
Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:34.314 29
Denis Nagulin Trident 1:34.469 25
Alfonso Celis Jr Status Grand Prix 1:34.476 31
Ivan Taranov Hilmer Motorsport 1:34.557 26
Dean Stoneman Marussia Manor Racing 1:34.596 17
Nelson Mason Hilmer Motorsport 1:34.908 10
Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing 1:35.215 32
Victor Carbone Trident 1:35.571 24
Carmen Jorda Koiranen GP 1:36.410 20