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GP3 Series

Laine Edges Abt On First Day Of GP3 Mid-Season Test

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Matias Laine - Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP3 Media Service

Laine is eighth in the standings after the first couple of rounds - Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP3 Media Service

Matias Laine posted the fastest time on the first of two days of GP3 Series mid-season testing at Valencia's Ricardo Tormo Circuit, edging out Daniel Abt by just three thousandths of a second in the morning session.

MW Arden driver Laine posted a fastest time of 1m26.610s, just enough to beat Lotus GP's Abt, who had topped both days of post-season testing at the Spanish circuit last year.

Marussia Manor's Tio Ellinas was also close to the pace, just 0.019s away from Laine while David Fumanelli was also with a tenth of his MW Arden teammate.

Fresh from victory in the Monaco sprint race, Marlon Stockinger was fifth for Status Grand Prix, just ahead of the man he denied there, Antonio Felix Da Costa.

Conor Daly was seventh on his first time in the cockpit since his spectacular Monaco accident, ahead of Patric Niederhauser and Mitch Evans. Nico Muller returned in Trident Racing's vacant third car, and rounded out the top ten.

Muller went quickest in the afternoon, going 0.181s ahead of Felix Da Costa with eight minutes remaining. His time was two and a half tenths off Laine's morning benchmark.

Ellinas was again third, but nearly eight tenths off the pace. Fumanelli was next up ahead of fellow Italian Kevin Ceccon. Daly was sixth, ahead of Robert Visoiu – who will miss the second day of running due to an exam, meaning his Jenzer car will be handed over to Irishman Gary Thompson.

Evans, Laine and Abt completed the top ten for the afternoon. Points leader Aaro Vainio finished both sessions outside of the top ten, in 13th and 12th respectively.

Venezuelan female racer Samin Gomez made her GP3 debut with Jenzer, and finished up 22nd and 21st in the two sessions, only just over a tenth off regular Alice Powell on both occasions. Carlin are only running two cars, with Alex Brundle busy competing at Le Mans with his father Martin.

Morning session:

Pos Driver Team Laptime Gap Laps
1. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:26.610  

32

2. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:26.613 0.003

40

3. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:26.629 0.019

21

4. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:26.686 0.076

35

5. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:26.725 0.115

25

6. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:26.817 0.207

34

7. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:26.836 0.226

25

8. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:26.932 0.322

28

9. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:27.134 0.524

31

10. Nico Muller Trident Racing 1:27.317 0.707

25

11. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1:27.323 0.713

23

12. William Buller Carlin 1:27.332 0.722

31

13. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 1:27.516 0.906

30

14. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 1:27.524 0.914

28

15. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:27.579 0.969

32

16. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 1:27.651 1.041

39

17. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:28.043 1.433

24

18. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:28.142 1.532

25

19. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:28.217 1.607

36

20. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:29.047 2.437

26

21. Alice Powell Status Grand Prix 1:29.067 2.457

34

22. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:29.179 2.569

29

23. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 1:29.493 2.883

33

24. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:29.672 3.062

27

25. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.512 3.902

21

Afternoon session:

Pos Driver Team Laptime Gap Laps
1. Nico Muller Trident Racing 1:26.865  

33

2. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:27.046

0.181

34

3. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:27.663

0.798

26

4. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:27.721

0.856

29

5. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 1:27.723

0.858

17

6. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:27.785

0.920

35

7. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1:27.842

0.977

32

8. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:27.870

1.005

21

9. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:27.912

1.047

31

10. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:27.982

1.117

32

11. William Buller Carlin 1:27.990

1.125

28

12. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 1:28.059

1.194

42

13. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:28.144

1.279

27

14. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:28.417

1.552

27

15. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:28.515

1.650

26

16. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 1:28.693

1.828

32

17. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:28.901

2.036

32

18. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:29.003

2.138

29

19. Alice Powell Status Grand Prix 1:29.022

2.157

16

20. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 1:29.045

2.180

23

21. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:29.132

2.267

33

22. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:29.481

2.616

26

23. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:29.694

2.829

10

24. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:29.920

3.055

24

25. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:31.040

4.175

22

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