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Yelloly Fastest With Status GP In Barcelona
Posted by: newsla on Apr 16, 2014 - 06:41 PM
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Yelloly Fastest With Status GP In Barcelona

Status Grand Prix driver Nick Yelloly set the fastest lap time overall on the first day of official GP3 Series testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.


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The 23-year-old set the mark to top the morning session by 0.4sec, and it remained unmatched during the course of the day at the Barcelona track.

Richie Stanaway made it two cars in the Top 5 for Status GP by setting the fifth fastest time in the morning, before both drivers concentrated on simulating race runs in the afternoon.

The same pattern was followed by their team-mate Alfonso Celis Jr, as the Mexican teenager continued to learn the 400hp GP3 Series car, setting the 21st fastest time in the morning and working on longer runs in the afternoon heat.

For Yelloly, who finished sixth in the GP3 Series last year, it was the second time this pre-season that he has topped a day with Status GP, as he gathered valuable data for the opening GP3 races which will be held at the Barcelona circuit during next month’s Formula One™ Spanish Grand Prix.

Stanaway, in his fourth day of action in the new-generation GP3 car, used the morning session to continue his progression on extracting the maximum from the Pirelli P Zero tyre. And despite losing some track time after a start-motor failure, he was able to post a top-five time on his second run. The New Zealander, who is also a factory Aston Martin Racing driver, went on to set the seventh fastest time of the afternoon.

Celis spent the morning familiarising himself with the 2.89-mile Barcelona circuit, and increased his speed with each run. Having graduated from Formula Renault 2.0 this winter, the 17-year-old from Tehuacan then increased his experience of race conditions as the Status GP trio racked up the most laps of all the nine GP3 Series teams in the afternoon session.

The test continues with the second and final day tomorrow, Thursday 17th April.

Driver Quotes

Nick Yelloly: “This morning we made some initial changes to dial into the circuit and did the time with just one lap. I think we can still find some more performance at the peak of the tyre, but everyone in the team is doing a fantastic job. In the afternoon race runs we tried several set-ups designed to look after the tyres, and the results were also encouraging.”

Richie Stanaway: “It was good for me to be testing at a circuit I am familiar with, and as GP3 races here the data gained is even more valuable. I am understanding better and better what the tyre requires to get a time, and once we put it all together the results should be good.”

Alfonso Celis Jr: “Overall I am getting better sensations in the car and I am happy. The progress I made in the car was not seen in the overall time sheets, because I saved new tyres for tomorrow, but the improvements keep coming."

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