GP3 Series pre-season testing continued for the second and final day in Barcelona at the Circuit de Catalunya. There were just two changes to the drive line-up: Aaro Vainio for Lotus GP returned to action after missing day one and Frenchman Yann Zimmer stepped in at Status Grand Prix replacing Tom Blomqvist who tested the previous day.
Clear skies and warm temperatures greeted the paddock and it was Da Costa who set the pace in the opening thirty minutes ahead of MW Arden’s David Fumanelli. There was an early red flag when Daniel Abt stopped on track after suffering an oil leak from the engine. When the session was back underway, Matias Laine headed the top of the timesheets until Da Costa became the first man to break into the 1m37s barrier. The Finn then became the only other driver to match the pace of the Carlin man by recording a time in the 1m37s. The pair remained on top in a quiet morning session with drivers focusing on their day’s program.
Yesterday’s fastest man Mitch Evans was P3 followed by Kevin Ceccon, Marlon Stockinger and Conor Daly. The Jenzer Motorsport duo of Robert Visoiu and Patric Niederhauser were P7 and P8 with Vainio and William Buller completing the top ten.
There were two more interruptions to the session when Ethan Ringel spun off into the gravel at turn 8 and Ceccon spun at turn 1, with both incidents requiring red flags.
With hotter temperatures in the afternoon, it was Abt who bounced back from a difficult morning and claimed early control going P1 ahead of Evans and Stockinger. After one hour, there was a halt in proceedings after Ringel stopped and the session was red flagged.
The German improved on his best time to increase the gap back to Evans to 0.8s ahead of the final hour of the test. Tio Ellinas shot up to P2 in the final twenty minutes with Visoiu and Da Costa close in pursuit. With ten minutes remaining, Jenzer Motorsport’s Russian driver Maxim Zimin got within 0.2s of Abt’s fastest time of the afternoon to push the Cypriot down to P3. Vicky Piria spun at the close of the session and the red flag was brought out briefly. Tamas Pal Kiss went to P4 in the final five minutes to finish in front of Visoiu, Da Costa, Evans, Kotaro Sakurai, Stockinger and Fabiano Machado.
The third and final test will take place at Silverstone on the 11-12th April 2012 before the season commences in Barcelona in May.
|1.||Antonio Felix Da Costa||Carlin||1:37.934||29|
|2.||Matias Laine||MW Arden||1:37.993||33|
|3.||Mitch Evans||MW Arden||1:38.154||30|
|4.||Kevin Ceccon||Trident Racing||1:38.239||21|
|5.||Marlon Stockinger||Status Grand Prix||1:38.283||26|
|6.||Conor Daly||Lotus GP||1:38.322||34|
|7.||Robert Visoiu||Jenzer Motorsport||1:38.391||34|
|8.||Patric Niederhauser||Jenzer Motorsport||1:38.452||32|
|9.||Aaro Vainio||Lotus GP||1:38.469||34|
|11.||David Fumanelli||MW Arden||1:38.542||29|
|12.||Tamas Pal Kiss||Atech CRS GP||1:38.593||26|
|13.||Tio Ellinas||Marussia Manor Racing||1:38.603||35|
|14.||Maxim Zimin||Jenzer Motorsport||1:38.692||32|
|15.||Dmitry Suranovich||Marussia Manor Racing||1:38.955||32|
|16.||Antonio Spavone||Trident Racing||1:38.977||34|
|18.||Yann Zimmer||Status Grand Prix||1:39.153||38|
|19.||Fabiano Machado||Marussia Manor Racing||1:39.318||21|
|20.||Vicky Piria||Trident Racing||1:39.348||33|
|21.||Kotaro Sakurai||Status Grand Prix||1:39.419||31|
|22.||Daniel Abt||Lotus GP||1:39.492||4|
|23.||Ethan Ringel||Atech CRS GP||1:39.785||33|
|24.||Robert Cregan||Ocean Racing Technology||1:40.601||31|
|25.||John Wartique||Atech CRS GP||1:40.930||27|
|26.||Carmen Jorda||Ocean Racing Technology||1:41.997||30|
|1.||Daniel Abt||Lotus GP||1:38.760||49|
|2.||Maxim Zimin||Jenzer Motorsport||1:39.027||28|
|3.||Tio Ellinas||Marussia Manor Racing||1:39.058||35|
|4.||Tamas Pal Kiss||Atech CRS GP||1:39.321||27|
|5.||Robert Visoiu||Jenzer Motorsport||1:39.354||32|
|6.||Antonio Felix Da Costa||Carlin||1:39.379||35|
|7.||Mitch Evans||MW Arden||1:39.635||42|
|8.||Kotaro Sakurai||Status Grand Prix||1:39.646||34|
|9.||Marlon Stockinger||Status Grand Prix||1:39.690||37|
|10.||Fabiano Machado||Marussia Manor Racing||1:39.791||37|
|11.||Patric Niederhauser||Jenzer Motorsport||1:39.946||25|
|12.||Conor Daly||Lotus GP||1:40.014||28|
|13.||Dmitry Suranovich||Marussia Manor Racing||1:40.016||37|
|15.||Matias Laine||MW Arden||1:40.329||34|
|17.||Aaro Vainio||Lotus GP||1:40.638||37|
|18.||Antonio Spavone||Trident Racing||1:40.902||34|
|19.||David Fumanelli||MW Arden||1:40.977||38|
|20.||Kevin Ceccon||Trident Racing||1:41.012||39|
|21.||John Wartique||Atech CRS GP||1:41.075||9|
|22.||Robert Cregan||Ocean Racing Technology||1:41.197||26|
|23.||Ethan Ringel||Atech CRS GP||1:41.582||28|
|24.||Vicky Piria||Trident Racing||1:42.192||34|
|25.||Carmen Jorda||Ocean Racing Technology||1:42.878||25|
*Car 16 Yann Zimmer Status Grand Prix laptimes deleted when car was checked and found underweight.