Korjus quickest at Budapest mid-season test

05/06/2013 18:39

Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus fastest on day one in Hungary

by: Arnau Viñals Vendrell

Estonian driver Kevin Korjus posted the best time of the morning session with a lap time of 1:32.530 which was a new GP3 circuit record. Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering) topped the times in the afternoon on day one of testing in mixed weather conditions.

 

Following Round 1 in Barcelona three weeks ago, GP3 Series returned to action for a two-day mid-season test at the Hungaroring. With the next race taking place in just a week’s time in Valencia, track time was vital for the teams and drivers with their new GP3/13 car in preparation for the busy schedule ahead.

 

After a deluge of rain on set-up day and rain forecast for the test, the paddock were pleasantly surprised to be welcomed with a dry start to proceedings, if only 15 degrees with heavy clouds hovering above. The 27 drivers took to the track to set their installation laps and after a short time, ventured back onto the circuit to set the pace while some drivers concentrated on race simulations.

 

Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser was the first to complete a lap in the early 1m34’s with Koiranen GP duo of Aaro Vainio and Patrick Kujala close in pursuit. The 1m33’s barrier was broken by MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat as the times began to tumble at the mid-point of the morning session.

 

Williamson’s lap of 1:32.781 was the new target to beat when he was first to dip into the 1:32’s, until Korjus improved on his laptime to go just over two tenths faster than the Scot. At the close of play of the morning test, Korjus finished on top ahead of the Bamboo Engineering pair of Williamson and Melville McKee. Fourth was Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix), Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport), Kvyat, Vainio, David Fumanelli (Trident), Niederhauser and Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas.

 

Light rain fell just before the afternoon session began, and the first red flag of the day occurred when Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) spun into the gravel at Turn 10. Dino Zamparelli was next to get caught out by the conditions as he went off at turn 3 and made contact with the barrier which brought the red flag out for a short spell. Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) headed the timings until Conor Daly and Regalia went one-two for their French outfit. Carlin’s Eric Lichtenstein was next to set the pace before GP3 Series leader Ellinas grabbed P1 off the Argentine at the midway point of the session.

 

With one hour left on the clock, rookies McKee and Josh Webster (Status Grand Prix) took turns heading the timings as the times continued to get faster as the track dried out. Carlin’s Nick Yelloly rose to P1 before Williamson clocked the best time of the afternoon session in a 1:33.710. The heavens opened as the session drew to a close whilst Niederhauser went off the track at Turn 11. The rain continued to hammer down, with the drivers opting not to run for the final few minutes.

 

At the chequered flag it was Williamson, Kvyat, Yelloly, Sainz, Vainio, Ellinas, Jimmy Eriksson (Status Grand Prix), Robert Visoiu and Webster.

 

Tomorrow's test session will run from 09.00 - 12.00 a one hour break. The afternoon session will run from 13.00 - 16.00 CET.

GP2 Series Media

Day 1: Morning

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Kevin Korjus

Koiranen GP

1:32.530

14

2.

Lewis Williamson

Bamboo Engineering

1:32.781

19

3.

Melville McKee

Bamboo Engineering

1:33.021

20

4.

Facu Regalia

ART Grand Prix

1:33.027

11

5.

Alex Fontana

Jenzer Motorsport

1:33.045

20

6.

Daniil Kvyat

MW Arden

1:33.332

28

7.

Aaro Vainio

Koiranen GP

1:33.536

16

8.

David Fumanelli

Trident

1:33.547

22

9.

Patric Niederhauser

Jenzer Motorsport

1:33.579

27

10.

Tio Ellinas

Marussia Manor Racing

1:33.746

19

11.

Patrick Kujala

Koiranen GP

1:33.758

13

12.

Nick Yelloly

Carlin

1:33.766

29

13.

Conor Daly

ART Grand Prix

1:33.773

11

14.

Carlos Sainz

MW Arden

1:33.965

26

15.

Robert Visoiu

MW Arden

1:34.201

27

16.

Giovanni Venturini

Trident

1:34.278

22

17.

Jack Harvey

ART Grand Prix

1:34.416

12

18.

Dino Zamparelli

Marussia Manor Racing

1:34.519

28

19.

Josh Webster

Status Grand Prix

1:34.915

32

20.

Emanuele Zonzini

Trident

1:35.574

19

21.

Adderly Fong

Status Grand Prix

1:36.236

23

22.

Samin Gomez

Jenzer Motorsport

1:36.364

22

23.

Eric Lichtenstein

Carlin

1:36.530

24

24.

Luis Sa Silva

Carlin

1:36.568

28

25.

Jimmy Eriksson

Status Grand Prix

1:37.057

24

26.

Ryan Cullen

Marussia Manor Racing

1:38.037

27

27.

Carmen Jorda

Bamboo Engineering

 

22

 

Day 1: Afternoon

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Lewis Williamson

Bamboo Engineering

1:33.710

24

2.

Daniil Kvyat

MW Arden

1:33.801

9

3.

Nick Yelloly

Carlin

1:33.942

20

4.

Carlos Sainz

MW Arden

1:34.299

12

5.

Aaro Vainio

Koiranen GP

1:34.624

17

6.

Tio Ellinas

Marussia Manor Racing

1:34.803

21

7.

Jimmy Eriksson

Status Grand Prix

1:35.007

19

8.

Adderly Fong

Status Grand Prix

1:35.017

5

9.

Robert Visoiu

MW Arden

1:35.077

12

10.

Josh Webster

Status Grand Prix

1:35.353

14

11.

Eric Lichtenstein

Carlin

1:35.459

29

12.

Giovanni Venturini

Trident

1:35.500

19

13.

Luis Sa Silva

Carlin

1:35.991

14

14.

Melville McKee

Bamboo Engineering

1:36.180

15

15.

Samin Gomez

Jenzer Motorsport

1:36.705

18

16.

Kevin Korjus

Koiranen GP

1:36.888

15

17.

Conor Daly

ART Grand Prix

1:37.813

18

18.

Patric Kujala

Koiranen GP

1:37.824

21

19.

David Fumanelli

Trident

1:37.837

11

20.

Emanuele Zonzini

Trident

1:38.684

14

21.

Carmen Jorda

Bamboo Engineering

1:39.182

18

22.

Patric Niederhauser

Jenzer Motorsport

1:39.426

8

23.

Facu Regalia

ART Grand Prix

1:51.354

14

24.

Alex Fontana

Jenzer Motorsport

1:53.582

13

25.

Ryan Cullen

Marussia Manor Racing

1:54.485

8

26.

Dino Zamparelli

Marussia Manor Racing

 

 

27.

Jack Harvey

ART Grand Prix