Koiranen GP driver Dean Stoneman topped the opening day of post-season GP3 Series testing at Yas Marina on Tuesday.
Stoneman, who missed three years of open-wheel competition while battling testicular cancer, took a podium finish on his series debut at the track last weekend. The 23-year-old Briton stayed on for the test with Koiranen and set the pace in the morning session in 1m56.278s and improved to a 1m55.829s later on.
Frenchman Pierre Gasly and the man he narrowly beat to the Formula Renault Eurocup title this year, Britain’s Oliver Rowland, were second and third for, respectively, the ART and Manor teams. Both were just over a tenth slower than Stoneman.
GP2 runner-up Sam Bird was fourth fastest as Russian Time took part in its first test as a GP3 entrant, Igor Mazepa’s squad having now officially taken over Bamboo Engineering’s entry. Kevin Korjus, a regular in GP3 with Koiranen this year, was fifth fastest for Status, while ART’s Alex Fontana and MW Arden’s German F3 champion Marvin Kirchhofer were next up.
Briton Jann Mardenborough, who has raced top-level F3, GT and sportscar machinery this year, was eighth fastest for Carlin ahead of Roman de Beer of Trident and Status driver Nick Cassidy.
All of the top 10 times came in the faster, later session. Stoneman was pushed hardest in the morning by Jenzer’s Patric Niederhauser and MW Arden’s Dino Zamparelli.
The red flags were brought out twice, both times for incidents involving Jenzer drivers. David Fumanelli tagged a barrier during the morning while Kevin Joerg’s car was stranded on-track later on.
Among a number of lineup changes for day two are a switch by Nicholas Latifi from Carlin to Status, where he replaces Jordan King and will be joined by Cassidy and Indy Lights racer Jack Hawksworth. Latifi’s Carlin seat will be taken by Luis Sa Silva.
Morning timesPos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Dean Stoneman Koiranen 1m56.278s 18 2. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer 1m56.584s 19 3. Dino Zamparelli MW Arden 1m56.649s 18 4. Sam Bird Russian Time 1m56.711s 16 5. Kevin Korjus Status 1m56.837s 16 6. Jan Mardenborough Carlin 1m56.858s 22 7. Melville McKee Manor 1m56.921s 25 8. Alex Fontana ART 1m56.927s 20 9. Roman de Beer Trident 1m56.986s 2710. Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1m57.067s 2411. Pierre Gasly ART 1m57.198s 1912. Marvin Kirchhofer MW Arden 1m57.211s 2013. Oliver Rowland Manor 1m57.430s 1214. Edward Jones MW Arden 1m57.511s 1615. Jimmy Eriksson Russian Time 1m57.635s 816. Adderly Fong Koiranen 1m57.665s 2017. Emanuele Zonzini ART 1m57.670s 1918. David Fumanelli Jenzer 1m57.881s 1519. Jordan King Status 1m57.883s 520. Nick Cassidy Status 1m58.023s 1921. Nicholas Latifi Carlin 1m58.349s 2122. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen 1m58.701s 2123. Ryan Cullen Manor 1m58.771s 2624. Kevin Joerg Jenzer 1m59.080s 2625. Ivan Taranov Trident 1m59.225s 2726. Juan Branger Trident 2m02.334s 2027. Kuba Dalewski Russian Time 2m03.730s 6Afternoon timesPos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Dean Stoneman Koiranen 1m55.829s 25 2. Pierre Gasly ART 1m55.940s 29 3. Oliver Rowland Manor 1m55.967s 17 4. Sam Bird Russian Time 1m56.028s 27 5. Kevin Korjus Status 1m56.419s 24 6. Alex Fontana ART 1m56.432s 25 7. Marvin Kirchhofer MW Arden 1m56.468s 26 8. Jan Mardenborough Carlin 1m56.469s 33 9. Roman de Beer Trident 1m56.549s 2310. Nick Cassidy Status 1m56.603s 1611. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer 1m56.614s 2412. Dino Zamparelli MW Arden 1m56.628s 2513. Adderly Fong Koiranen 1m56.653s 2514. Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1m56.678s 3315. Edward Jones MW Arden 1m56.845s 2316. Jimmy Eriksson Russian Time 1m56.904s 2817. Emanuele Zonzini ART 1m57.019s 2918. Melville McKee Manor 1m57.247s 2319. David Fumanelli Jenzer 1m57.269s 2020. Jordan King Status 1m57.274s 2621. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen 1m57.295s 2222. Nicholas Latifi Carlin 1m57.381s 3023. Ryan Cullen Manor 1m57.675s 2524. Ivan Taranov Trident 1m57.978s 3025. Juan Branger Trident 1m58.652s 3426. Kevin Joerg Jenzer 1m58.798s 1427. Kuba Dalewski Russian Time 1m59.116s 30