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Status GP Jerez GP3 Test Day 2 Report
Posted by: newsla on Apr 11, 2014 - 09:01 PM
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Status GP Jerez GP3 Test Day 2 Report


Status Grand Prix kept up its highly promising GP3 Series pre-season testing form at Jerez, with Nick Yelloly topping a session for the second day running at the Spanish circuit.

 

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English racer Yelloly, who was quickest on Thursday morning, repeated the feat in Friday afternoon’s session.

Status GP was also encouraged by pace on race runs, which are very much the emphasis at Jerez – the track’s climate is warmer than at any of the other two GP3 pre-season tests, meaning that this is the best opportunity to evaluate race form ahead of the summer season.

Yelloly, Richie Stanaway and Alfonso Celis Jr all showed very good form on longer runs as Status GP got valuable information on how the GP3 chassis and Pirelli P Zero tyres react over race distances.

Yelloly was also the best of the Status GP trio in the morning session, in ninth position. Along with Stanaway and Celis, he ran just one set of new tyres early in the running, establishing a time good enough for the top four at that point despite losing time at the final corner.

With conditions, unusually for Jerez, remaining cool and cloudy for the rest of the morning, other competitors elected to use a second set of new tyres later in the session.

New Zealander Stanaway continued to reacclimatise to single-seaters. He was seventh fastest in the afternoon, but was disappointed that a red flag scuppered his new-tyre run just as he was set to go for a hot lap. He tried again when the session resumed, but the peak performance of the tyres had passed by the time he returned to the circuit.

Mexican Celis made strong progress in the very early stages of his GP3 career. He had by far the most intensive race-run testing of his programme so far, and on new rubber was able to go 12th fastest, just 1.000 seconds off Yelloly’s session-heading time.

Testing resumes at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya next week on April 16-17, this being the last two-day session before the GP3 Series race season kicks off at the same venue supporting the Spanish Grand Prix on May 9-11.

Driver quotes:

Nick Yelloly
“It was good to be fastest again in the afternoon. I thought I was struggling a little bit with the balance, so to be fastest was nice. Then we got to do some race runs, which were really promising. We did about 50 laps in all in the afternoon, with practice starts as well, and it was very good. As far as the morning session is concerned, we only ran one set of new tyres and I outbraked myself in the final corner – my fault; I lost two tenths, which could have put me third. Over one-lap and race-run pace we’re showing good pace, the team is working well, and everything’s looking good.”

Richie Stanaway
“We had a few things to work through, but we did what we could and made some good progress. It was a shame in the afternoon – I’d just got my new tyres up to temperature when the red flag came out, so that was far from ideal. On race runs I was just figuring out how to drive with this type of tyre – the car was very good, and I was just pushing harder and harder to find out what I could do. I’m getting more comfortable in the car, and looking forward to Barcelona.”

Alfonso Celis Jr
“I’m improving all the time, getting there and I’m definitely very happy about it, but we’ve still got progress to make. The race simulations were really good. I had never driven that many laps on these tyres, which are quite a lot different to what I’m used to. There was a big improvement from my first simulation to my second simulation so it was definitely a good day, and I’m pleased with how it went.”


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