Bernstorff Fastest as GP3 Series Testing Concludes


Anglo-Danish driver Emil Bernstorff finished the final day of GP3 pre-season testing fastest as drivers made their final preparations for the season beginning in three weeks time. The Carlin drivers’ lap of 1:34.494s was fast enough to put him in P1, with Norwegian Pal Varhaug second for Jenzer Motorsport, 0.205s behind.

Carlin had a good day with all three of their drivers in the top six; Alex Lynn was once again in the top three, while Luis Sa Silva was sixth.   Briton Nick Yelloly, who had set the pace on day one for Status Grand Prix, ended the day fourth fastest, just ahead of Patric Niederhauser for Arden International, the Swiss driver beating Sa Silva’s time by 0.052s.

Two of the three ART Grand Prix cars were seventh and eighth in the hands of Alex Fontana and Marvin Kirchhofer, while the top ten was rounded out by Jimmy Eriksson in the Koiranen GP entry and Patrick Kujala in the Marussia Manor Racing entry.

On a day with blue skies at the Circuit de Catalunya, all the fastest times were set in the morning session, with drivers once again concentrating on longer runs in the afternoon. Trident Racing’s Denis Nagulin caused a red flag in the morning after a trip into the turn nine gravel trap, while his team-mate Victor Carbone caused another red flag in the afternoon after clipping the turn four barriers.

Teams will now return to base to prepare for the season opening race of the year, back at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 09th-11th. That’s when this bunch of young and promising drivers will really begin their season in earnest. We still do not know the full line-up, but that will begin to fall into place in the upcoming weeks.

Barcelona Day 2 Pre-season Test Times

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Emil Bernstorff GBR Carlin 1:34.494
2 Pal Varhaug NOR Jenzer Motorsport 1:34.699
3 Alex Lynn GBR Carlin 1:34.727
4 Nick Yelloly GBR Status Grand Prix 1:34.754
5 Patric Niederhauser SWI Arden International 1:34.845
6 Luis Sa Silva MAC Carlin 1:34.897
7 Alex Fontana SWI ART Grand Prix 1:34.908
8 Marvin Kirchhofer GER ART Grand Prix 1:34.981
9 Jimmy Eriksson SWE Koiranen GP 1:35.096
10 Patrick Kujala FIN Marussia Manor Racing 1:35.114
11 Dino Zamparelli GBR ART Grand Prix 1:35.144
12 Adderly Fong CHN Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.171
13 Santiago Urrutia URU Koiranen GP 1:35.282
14 Matheo Tuscher SWI Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.305
15 Dean Stoneman GBR Marussia Manor Racing 1:35.353
16 Roman De Beer RSA Trident 1:35.398
17 Jann Mardenborough GBR Arden International 1:35.572
18 Robert Visoiu ROM Arden International 1:35.693
19 Richie Stanaway NZL Status Grand Prix 1:35.839
20 Alfonso Celis Jr MEX Status Grand Prix 1:36.165
21 Ryan Cullen GBR Marussia Manor Racing 1:36.312
22 Nelson Mason CAN Hilmer Motorsport 1:36.334
23 Victor Carbone BRZ Trident 1:36.620
24 Ivan Taranov RUS Hilmer Motorsport 1:37.211
25 Denis Nagulin RUS Trident 1:37.296
26 Carmen Jorda ESP Koiranen GP 1:39.117