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04/12/12
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Evans fastest again at final pre-season test
The final pre-season test concluded in Silverstone today before the GP3 Series heads to Barcelona next month to kick start the 2012 season. The session got underway under dark clouds on a chilly morning at a slippery circuit which was declared wet at the start of the test. Maxim Zimin stepped into the Jenzer Motorsport and was fastest for the first hour until Tio Ellinas in his Marussia Manor Racing car took control of the timesheets. The morning test was eventful: five red flags occurred with several drivers getting caught out in the tricky conditions.

Antonio Felix Da Costa went top as the times continued to improve on a drying track as the drivers switched from wet tires to slicks. Aaro Vainio then shot to P1 as the session was red flagged when Kotaro Sakurai spun off into the gravel. Ocean Racing Technology’s Robert Cregan suffered a technical issue when he was forced to stop on the circuit, giving a premature end to his morning test. 

The position at the top of the timings then changed numerous times before Felix Da Costa regained his place back at the head of the standings. Conor Daly and Ellinas jumped up to P2 and P3 ahead of William Buller who was confirmed as driving for Carlin for 2012 this morning. David Fumanelli, Marlon Stockinger, Vainio, Daniel Abt, Matias Laine and Kevin Ceccon completed the top ten.

Following the one hour lunch break, it was the fastest man from day one, Mitch Evans who set the early pace in the afternoon. The New Zealander quickly improved on his best time from yesterday by a tenth of a second setting a lap of 1’50.150. Buller then made a trip into the gravel, thus causing a halt to proceedings. As the rest of the drivers concentrated on long runs and some pitstop practice, Laine had a quick, therefore a red flag arose. Within the final forty-five minutes, the rain began to lightly fall, as the session came to a close with Evans heading the pack again. Robert Visiou was a late addition to the top ten and went P2 in the dying stages ahead of Vainio, Fumanelli, Abt, Ellinas, Stockinger, Daly, Laine and Alex Brundle.

GP3 Series is next on track when the 2012 campaign begins at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on 11-13 May.

Morning session

Pos Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:50.457 35
2. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:50.561 24
3. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:50.595 34
4. William Buller Carlin 1:50.655 26
5. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:50.740 17
6. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:50.815 23
7. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 1:50.886 25
8. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:50.915 22
9. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:51.069 17
10. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 1:51.072 22
11. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:51.376 30
12. Alex Brundle Carlin 1:51.400 35
13. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:51.420 14
14. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1:51.857 24
15. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:51.909 25
16. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:51.920 27
17. Alice Powell Status Grand Prix 1:51.974 34
18. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:52.046 31
19. Kotaro Sakurai Status Grand Prix 1:52.085 25
20. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 1:52.334 32
21. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 1:53.352 28
22. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:54.160 32
23. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:54.632 14
24. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:55.488 30
25. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:55.616 28
26. Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 1:59.432 11


Afternoon Session

Pos Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:50.150 36
2. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1:50.662 30
3. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 1:50.840 41
4. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:50.908 36
5. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:51.133 45
6. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:51.173 30
7. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:51.217 36
8. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:51.253 35
9. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:51.423 33
10. Alex Brundle Carlin 1:51.439 44
11. Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 1:51.503 28
12. William Buller Carlin 1:51.538 23
13. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:51.627 31
14. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:51.661 34
15. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 1:51.688 39
16. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:51.840 24
17. Kotaro Sakurai Status Grand Prix 1:51.920 36
18. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 1:52.278 27
19. Alice Powell Status Grand Prix 1:52.299 43
20. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:52.417 27
21. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:52.713 35
22. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:52.817 26
23. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 1:53.015 27
24. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:53.480 37
25. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:53.851 31
26. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:55.248 33

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