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Arden International - GP3 Series, Barcelona Press Release
Posted by: newsla on May 13, 2014 - 02:40 PM
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Arden International - GP3 Series, Barcelona Press Release


The GP3 Series kicked off at the Circuit de Catalunya this weekend, entering its fifth season. A very technical track offering long straights, fast corners and slower sectors alongside the warm temperatures and changing wind direction.

 

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Arden’s trio suffered a frustrating start to the weekend in qualifying, completing the 30minute session left in the teens: Patric twelfth - 0.6seconds behind poleman Alex Lynn, Robert fifteenth and rookie Jann in eighteenth.

Race one left a lot more to desire. Patric had a good start from twelfth to tenth, Robert made up one place to thirteenth and Jann made up four places to fourteenth. However, the action played out and the race settled early with all three Arden drivers crossing the line in their first lap positions. Patric picked up his first point of the season.

Race Two started on a damp track following an overnight downpour and brief shower before the session. Cautious but decent starts on slicks were made by the trio who progressed through the field on lap one, but it was Jann who was propelling through up to eighth by the second lap passing both team mates, certain to finish in the points until an error on lap 5 saw him spin off on the still drying track. He managed to recover and cross the line in fourteenth. Both Patric and Robert had a steady race, Patric controlling ninth place until the chequered flag and Robert, amidst a few battles with Pal Varhaug (Jenzer) and Alfonso Celis Jr (Status Grand Prix) who eventually touched and ended in the gravel, finished eleventh. Patric secured fastest lap of the race on lap 15 to pick up a further two points for the weekend, tallying 3points in total.

Robert Visoiu

“Qualifying was very difficult, which made it hard to have a good position in Race one. Race one wasn’t the most exciting, it was hard to overtake, the track conditions were not so good, so I couldn’t make much progress from fifteenth and this really set the mark for Race two also. It was an unfortunate start to the season but I look forward to the next race already. "

Patric Niederhauser

“I expected a bit more from the whole weekend. We were not fast enough straight from free practice onwards. I’ve put a good lap together in qualy but we still struggled with the balance a bit and as times were so close together it was only good enough for P12. After that I hoped to drive up to P8 in the first race to secure the pole for race 2. I made a mistake at the start, where I immediately lost a couple of places but after that I won a couple of places back in the first lap with some decent overtaking. The second race was pretty tough when we started on slicks on a very damp track. We ended the weekend positively with doing the fastest lap of race 2. Now, we need to work hard for better results in Austria.”

Jann Mardenborough

“We showed good pace in both races, this was great. However, it is clear where we need to improve – Qualifying. There is a long break now to figure out getting the best from the car for RedBull Ring. I wanted to fight for the points in Race two and I think we were able to do that so that’s a positive to take from it. For my first weekend in GP3 the atmosphere felt great here in Barcelona, good to see so many people out here and seeing the F1 cars is really inspirational. We need to work hard now towards Austria.”


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