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11/05/13
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Stoneman quickest on Day 1 of post-season testing
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 lap time 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 checkered 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 checkered 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
Pos 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
Pos 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
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