GP3 – Mitch Evans Dominates in Barcelona

October 27, 2011

GP 3

MW Arden driver remained unbeaten on Day 2 at Circuit de Catalunya
 
Today marked the final day of GP3 Series™ post-season testing in Barcelona, and the teams were greeted with sunny but cold conditions in the morning. There were no new faces in the paddock with the driver line-up remaining unchanged from Day 1 and MW Arden’s Mitch Evans the man to beat.
 
When the lights turned green the twenty-six young drivers fed out onto the track on Pirelli P Zero slick tyres, but the session came to an abrupt halt when Aaro Vainio went off track at Turn 1 on his installation lap. Once back underway it was Matias Laine who set the pace for Marussia Manor Racing before being briefly knocked off the top spot by MW Arden’s rookie Tio Ellinas and teammate Gabby Chaves.
 
Laine reclaimed P1, but it was short lived as Evans continued to impress. The New Zealander moved to the top of the time sheet just one hour into the session and with the rest of the field unable to match his pace, held onto the spot for the remainder of the session. Laine clocked the second fastest time followed by a solid team effort from Jenzer Motorsport’s Maxim Zimin, Michael Heche and Brandon Maisano.
 
In the afternoon temperatures conditioned to rise and once again it was Evans who set the early pace. The MW Arden driver topped the field until thirty minutes into the session when Laine took the lead. The Marussia Manor Racing driver moved into P1 and swapped fastest mid-session lap times with Atech CRS GP driver Tamas Pal Kiss and Vainio for Lotus ART. But with ninety minutes remaining Evans gained control once again.
 
In the closing minutes of the session drivers headed out on new rubber, but despite the best efforts of the field the MW Arden driver had already done enough stay top – the young Kiwi made it four out of four at the Spanish circuit. Laine held onto second ahead of Ellinas who had an impressive debut test. Vainio finished fourth followed by Stockinger and Pal Kiss.
 
GP3 Series will be back on track November 23-24 for the second post-season test in Valencia.
 
Morning times:
 
 
Driver
Nat
Team
Time
Total
Gap
1
26 Mitch EVANS
NZL
MW ARDEN
1:37.793
24
 
2
12 Matias LAINE
FIN
MANOR RACING
1:38.048
31
0.255
3
8 Maxim ZIMIN
RUS
JENZER MOTORSPORT
1:38.076
26
0.283
4
9 Michael HECHE
SUI
JENZER MOTORSPORT
1:38.140
30
0.347
5
7 Brandon MAISANO
FRA
JENZER MOTORSPORT
1:38.207
29
0.414
6
4 Marlon STOCKINGER
PHI
1:38.286
32
0.493
7
1 Daniel ABT
GER
LOTUS ART
1:38.330
39
0.537
8
GBR
MW ARDEN
1:38.420
23
0.627
9
14 Carlos HUERTAS
COL
CARLIN
1:38.609
33
0.816
10
10 Gabby CHAVES
COL
MANOR RACING
1:38.621
29
0.828
11
22 Tamas PAL KISS
HUN
ATECH CRS GP
1:38.631
32
0.838
12
19 Kevin KORJUS
EST
TECH 1 RACING
1:38.719
26
0.926
13
18 Miki WECKSTRÖM
FIN
TECH 1 RACING
1:38.793
26
1.000
14
27 Edoardo LIBERATI
ITA
MW ARDEN
1:38.971
33
1.178
15
30 Markus POMMER
GER
RSC MÜCKE MOTORSPORT
1:39.003
29
1.210
16
5 Kotaro SAKURAI
JPN
STATUS GRAND PRIX
1:39.395
34
1.602
17
21 Nick YELLOLY
GBR
ATECH CRS GP
1:39.460
30
1.667
18
6 Scott MALVERN
GBR
STATUS GRAND PRIX
1:39.511
36
1.718
19
23 Pieter SCHOTHORST
NED
ADDAX TEAM
1:39.584
42
1.791
20
16 Nicolas COSTA
BRA
CARLIN
1:39.761
37
1.968
21
31 Pascal WEHRLEIN
GER
RSC MÜCKE MOTORSPORT
1:40.044
34
2.251
22
17 Gerardo NIETO
MEX
TECH 1 RACING
1:40.328
27
2.535
23
2 Gregoire DEMOUSTIER
FRA
LOTUS ART
1:41.052
20
3.259
24
20 Ethan RINGEL
USA
ATECH CRS GP
1:41.751
38
3.958
25
25 Michela CERRUTI
ITA
ADDAX TEAM
1:42.097
27
4.304
26
3 Aaro VAINIO
FIN
LOTUS ART
 
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Afternoon times:
 
 
Driver
Nat
Team
Time
Total
Gap
1
26 Mitch EVANS
NZL
MW ARDEN
1:38.751
27
 
2
12 Matias LAINE
FIN
MANOR RACING
1:39.172
29
0.421
3
28 Tio ELLINAS
GBR
MW ARDEN
1:39.393
36
0.642
4
3 Aaro VAINIO
FIN
LOTUS ART
1:39.398
34
0.647
5
4 Marlon STOCKINGER
PHI
STATUS GRAND PRIX
1:39.451
30
0.700
6
22 Tamas PAL KISS
HUN
ATECH CRS GP
1:39.470
17
0.719
7
14 Carlos HUERTAS
COL
CARLIN
1:39.539
37
0.788
8
10 Gabby CHAVES
COL
MANOR RACING
1:39.574
24
0.823
9
7 Brandon MAISANO
FRA
JENZER MOTORSPORT
1:39.653
38
0.902
10
1 Daniel ABT
GER
LOTUS ART
1:39.657
28
0.906
11
19 Kevin KORJUS
EST
TECH 1 RACING
1:39.713
29
0.962
12
27 Edoardo LIBERATI
ITA
MW ARDEN
1:39.728
32
0.977
13
8 Maxim ZIMIN
RUS
JENZER MOTORSPORT
1:39.743
24
0.992
14
9 Michael HECHE
SUI
JENZER MOTORSPORT
1:39.803
35
1.052
15
30 Markus POMMER
GER
RSC MÜCKE MOTORSPORT
1:40.074
29
1.323
16
18 Miki WECKSTRÖM
FIN
TECH 1 RACING
1:40.346
23
1.595
17
21 Nick YELLOLY
GBR
ATECH CRS GP
1:40.395
26
1.644
18
5 Kotaro SAKURAI
JPN
STATUS GRAND PRIX
1:40.416
45
1.665
19
2 Gregoire DEMOUSTIER
FRA
LOTUS ART
1:40.544
39
1.793
20
31 Pascal WEHRLEIN
GER
RSC MÜCKE MOTORSPORT
1:40.569
30
1.818
21
6 Scott MALVERN
GBR
STATUS GRAND PRIX
1:40.804
41
2.053
22
16 Nicolas COSTA
BRA
CARLIN
1:40.896
30
2.145
23
17 Gerardo NIETO
MEX
TECH 1 RACING
1:40.933
33
2.182
24
23 Pieter SCHOTHORST
NED
ADDAX TEAM
1:41.144
16
2.393
25
20 Ethan RINGEL
USA
ATECH CRS GP
1:43.170
28
4.419
26
25 Michela CERRUTI
ITA
ADDAX TEAM
1:43.373
23
4.622
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