NEWS

07/11/2013

Stoffel Vandoorne dominates Day 3

Stoffel Vandoorne dominates Day 3

Belgian driver quickest of post-season testing in 1:48.657 at Yas Marina Circuit

 The final day of post season testing took place today at Yas Marina Circuit with a slightly changed field, some drivers who have been testing on the previous days moving to new teams whilst new drivers joined the action. 

The pitlane opened this morning and all twenty six cars fed onto the track. Jordan King (Addax) set the early pace ahead of Stéphane Richelmi before a short red flag period as Daniel Abt (Hilmer) stopped on track. At the re-start Carlin’s Jazeman Jaafar claimed the top spot ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne who switched to DAMS today. The Belgian later improved on the Malaysian’s time by five tenths and led the way. His teammate Richelmi was the first man to dip under 1m50s and with thirty minutes left on the clock, Vandoorne found some extra pace and reclaimed P1. A second red flag period interrupted the proceedings as Rene Binder (Lazarus) also stopped on track. The track was live again shortly after, but Vandoorne remained top. At the chequered flag, he was leading GP3 runner-up Facu Regalia (Addax), Richelmi, Arthur Pic (Arden), Simon Trummer, Mitch Evans (Racing Engineering), GP3 graduate Giovanni Venturini (Trident), Andre Negrao (Carlin), Johnny Cecotto (Rapax) and Dani Clos (Lazarus).

As soon as the pitlane re-opened for the evening session, Vandoorne wasted no time to top the timesheet and dip under 1m50s, but the Belgian’s laptime was bettered by yesterday’s quickest man Rio Haryanto (Caterham). The rest of the session saw both men fighting for the top stop with the Belgium being the first to break the 1m49s barrier benefiting from cooler track temperatures than yesterday. In the final hour, Vandoorne set a string of flyers with the best one a 1:48.657 – the best laptime of all three days of testing at Yas Marina Circuit. In the dying minutes of the session, Venturini found some clean air to move up to P2. At the chequered flag, Vandoorne remained top ahead of Venturini, Haryanto, Raffaele Marciello (racing Engineering), Daniel Abt (Hilmer), Tio Ellinas (MP Motorsport), Cecotto, Regalia, Richelmi and Jordan King (Addax).

 That’s a wrap to the 2013 GP2 Series season. The paddock will gather early in 2014 for the pre-season testing (dates and venues to be announced shortly).

Morning results

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Stoffel Vandoorne

DAMS

1:49.322

28

2.

Facu Regalia

Barwa Addax Team

1:49.764

24

3.

Stéphane Richelmi

DAMS

1:49.904

24

4.

Arthur Pic

Arden International

1:50.095

30

5.

Simon Trummer

Rapax

1:50.116

22

6.

Mitch Evans

Racing Engineering

1:50.226

26

7.

Giovanni Venturini

Trident Racing

1:50.241

22

8.

Andre Negrao

Carlin

1:50.301

22

9.

Johnny Cecotto

Rapax

1:50.330

21

10.

Dani Clos

Venezuela GP Lazarus

1:50.374

27

11.

Daniel De Jong

MP Motorsport

1:50.393

14

12.

Daniel Abt

Hilmer Motorsport

1:50.440

17

13.

Julian Leal

Hilmer Motorsport

1:50.562

27

14.

Raffaele Marciello

Racing Engineering

1:50.610

27

15.

Jordan King

Barwa Addax Team

1:50.757

21

16.

Jazeman Jaafar

Carlin

1:50.961

26

17.

Nathanaël Berthon

Arden International

1:50.976

23

18.

Tio Ellinas

MP Motorsport

1:51.079

24

19.

Conor Daly

ART Grand Prix

1:51.514

33

20.

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:51.657

15

21.

Gianmarco Raimondo

Trident Racing

1:51.675

31

22.

Rene Binder

Venezuela GP Lazarus

1:51.865

10

23.

Nikolay Martsenko

ART Grand Prix

1:52.370

41

24.

Sam Bird

RUSSIAN TIME

1:52.538

27

25.

Will Stevens

EQ8 Caterham Racing

1:53.551

20

26.

Rio Haryanto

EQ8 Caterham Racing

1:53.648

24


Evening results

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Stoffel Vandoorne

DAMS

1:48.657

34

2.

Giovanni Venturini

Trident Racing

1:48.710

34

3.

Rio Haryanto

EQ8 Caterham Racing

1:48.796

32

4.

Raffaele Marciello

Racing Engineering

1:49.052

26

5.

Daniel Abt

Hilmer Motorsport

1:49.090

31

6.

Tio Ellinas

MP Motorsport

1:49.157

29

7.

Johnny Cecotto

Rapax

1:49.256

30

8.

Facu Regalia

Barwa Addax Team

1:49.373

20

9.

Stéphane Richelmi

DAMS

1:49.374

34

10.

Jordan King

Barwa Addax Team

1:49.440

26

11.

Will Stevens

EQ8 Caterham Racing

1:49.570

29

12.

Andre Negrao

Carlin

1:49.600

28

13.

Nathanaël Berthon

Arden International

1:49.611

28

14.

Julian Leal

Hilmer Motorsport

1:49.680

31

15.

Arthur Pic

Arden International

1:49.690

33

16.

Mitch Evans

Racing Engineering

1:49.704

24

17.

Daniel De Jong

MP Motorsport

1:49.727

19

18.

Dani Clos

Venezuela GP Lazarus

1:49.854

30

19.

Jazeman Jaafar

Carlin

1:49.912

32

20.

Simon Trummer

Rapax

1:49.982

37

21.

Nikolay Martsenko

ART Grand Prix

1:50.110

32

22.

Rene Binder

Venezuela GP Lazarus

1:50.294

36

23.

Conor Daly

ART Grand Prix

1:50.312

26

24.

Gianmarco Raimondo

Trident Racing

1:50.919

28

25.

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:51.165

23

26.

Sam Bird

RUSSIAN TIME

1:51.696

22

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