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06/15/12
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Buller on top after Valencia Test
Britain’s William Buller set the pace on the second and final day of testing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo after producing a laptime of 1:26.389 which was three tenths faster than Matias Laine on day one. Mitch Evans (MW Arden) headed the afternoon timings by just one thousandth of a second over the Carlin man.

There was one change to the line-up with Robert Visoiu absent from the test due to an exam so Irishman Gary Thompson made his debut in the Jenzer Motorsport car.

The session started in glorious sunshine and much hotter temperatures than yesterday, with the drivers eager to set a fast time early on. Trident Racing’s Nico Muller set an early benchmark and was on another hot lap when his team mate Vicky Piria spun into the gravel after 20 minutes, thus causing a halt for a red flag. Buller who was in second, soon went P1, a tenth faster than the Swiss driver.

As the track temperature climbed to 42 degrees, the drivers returned to the pits to make set-up changes and to concentrate on long runs in preparation for the upcoming races. Evans and Buller’s Carlin teammate Antonio Felix Da Costa posted the third and fourth fastest times, ahead of Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas who snuck ahead of Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport) at the mid-point of the morning session. Seventh was Series leader Aaro Vainio (Lotus GP) and Kevin Ceccon progressed to eighth in the latter stages in his Ocean Racing Technology car after having a brief moment off track which caused a momentary red flag. Daniel Abt (Lotus GP) and Marlon Stockinger (Status Grand Prix) completed the top ten.

When the afternoon session commenced after the one hour break, the MW Arden trio were first out the blocks along with the Status Grand Prix drivers with Evans topping the timesheets. Stockinger shot to P2 ahead of David Fumanelli and Laine in the first hour. The focus for a lot of the teams was race simulation along with pit stop practice for some crews. Tamas Pal Kiss (Atech CRS GP) jumped up to fourth at the midway point, followed by Niederhauser going P3.

GP3 debutant Gary Thompson rose to P4 in the final thirty minutes of the session whilst fastest man of the day Buller set a laptime just one thousandth of a second off Evans’ best time of the afternoon but remained in P2 at the checkered flag. Stockinger was also just 0.023s off the New Zealander’s best lap showing how fierce the competition at the front is. Ellinas was fourth ahead of Niederhauser, Thompson, Fumanelli, Ceccon, Pal-Kiss and Felix Da Costa.

GP3 Series returns to Valencia in less than a week’s time for Round 3 of the 2012 season: 22-24 June, don’t miss it!

Morning session Day 2

Pos Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. William Buller Carlin 1:26.389 43
2. Nico Muller Trident Racing 1:26.481 42
3. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:26.543 32
4. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:26.641 43
5. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:26.654 40
6. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:26.693 31
7. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 1:26.810 35
8. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 1:26.865 46
9. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:26.879 34
10. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:26.956 33
11. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:27.006 35
12. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:27.067 36
13. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:27.077 41
14. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:27.188 41
15. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:27.645 37
16. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 1:27.825 48
17. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:27.993 36
18. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:28.092 36
19. Alice Powell Status Grand Prix 1:28.117 42
20. Gary Thompson Jenzer Motorsport 1:28.318 33
21. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:28.343 30
22. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 1:28.414 32
23. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:28.486 36
24. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:28.762 37
25. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:29.328 45


Afternoon Session Day 2

Pos Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:27.543 18
2. William Buller Carlin 1:27.544 37
3. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:27.566 28
4. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:27.853 38
5. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:28.164 28
6. Gary Thompson Jenzer Motorsport 1:28.275 32
7. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:28.286 28
8. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 1:28.294 26
9. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:28.301 32
10. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:28.542 34
11. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:28.661 30
12. Alice Powell Status Grand Prix 1:28.678 40
13. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:28.799 37
14. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:28.859 27
15. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:28.905 39
16. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 1:29.208 38
17. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 1:29.223 18
18. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:29.380 34
19. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:29.508 37
20. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:29.509 21
21. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 1:29.897 40
22. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.333 21
23. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.916 29
24. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:30.967 31
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