The 2013 GP3 race season may be over but the action resumed in Abu Dhabi with three days of post-season testing. Dean Stoneman who stormed to a podium in Sunday’s Race 2 at the Yas Marina Circuit led the way in both the morning and afternoon sessions with a best laptime of 1:55.829

Carlin’s Jan Mardenborough was first onto the track in the morning session which saw a full line-up of 27 cars taking part in the test. The British driver lapped in the 1m57’s with Adderly Fong (Koiranen GP) topping the timesheets early on. There was a short delay covered by the red flags when David Fumanelli made light contact with the barrier at Turn 8 in the Jenzer Motorsport car.

As the clock ticked down and the session continued, the times tumbled and it was Stoneman who shot to P1 and headed into the 1m56’s bracket. Dino Zamparelli testing for the MW Arden outfit was a few tenths off the Koiranen GP driver, with Alex Fontana in the ART Grand Prix machine third.

GP3 Series welcomed RUSSIAN TIME to the tests – the team who’ve replaced Bamboo Engineering and they had experience at the helm in the form of Sam Bird who was on hand for some development tests. The Brit was consistent and in the top four with Kevin Korjus (Status Grand Prix) just behind.

At the chequered flag, it was Stoneman, Patric Niederhauser, Zamparelli, Bird and Korjus. Jan Mardenborough was the highest placed rookie in sixth place, ahead of Melville McKee, Alex Fontana, Roman de Beer and Emil Bernstorff.

Following GP2’s turn on track, GP3 resumed to track activity for the afternoon session. The red flags were waved for a stoppage on track with Kevin Joerg’s stricken car. ART Grand Prix’s Pierre Gasly shot to the top of the timings, first to break into the 1m55’s and remained on top for an hour until Marussia Manor Racing’s Oliver Rowland lapped a few hundredths quicker to steal P1. As the test drew to a close, fastest man from this morning Stoneman was back on it…and clocked the best time of the day to end the day on top.

With a few clouds appearing and light wind, the temperatures were slightly cooler as the session continued. At the chequered flag it finished as Stoneman, Gasly (fastest rookie), Rowland, Bird, Korjus, Fontana, Marvin Kirchhofer, Mardenborough, de Beer and Nick Cassidy.

Day 2 of testing for GP3 will run the same schedule as today with the morning test at 09.00 – 11.30 and the afternoon 15.00 – 17.30.

Day 1 Test – Morning Session

1.Dean StonemanKoiranen GP1:56.27818
2.Patric NiederhauserJenzer Motorsport1:56.58419
3.Dino ZamparelliMW Arden1:56.64918
4.Sam BirdRUSSIAN TIME1:56.71116
5.Kevin KorjusStatus Grand Prix1:56.83716
6.Jan MardenboroughCarlin1:56.85822
7.Melville McKeeMarussia Manor Racing1:56.92125
8.Alex FontanaART Grand Prix1:56.92720
9.Roman de BeerTrident1:56.98627
10.Emil BernstorffCarlin1:57.06724
11.Pierre GaslyART Grand Prix1:57.19819
12.Marvin KirchhoferMW Arden1:57.21120
13.Oliver RowlandMarussia Manor Racing1:57.43012
14.Edward JonesMW Arden1:57.51116
15.Jimmy ErikssonRUSSIAN TIME1:57.6358
16.Adderly FongKoiranen GP1:57.66520
17.Emanuele ZonziniART Grand Prix1:57.67019
18.David FumanelliJenzer Motorsport1:57.88115
19.Jordan KingStatus Grand Prix1:57.8835
20.Nick CassidyStatus Grand Prix1:58.02319
21.Nicholas LatifiCarlin1:58.34921
22.Santiago UrrutiaKoiranen GP1:58.70121
23.Ryan CullenMarussia Manor Racing1:58.77126
24.Kevin JoergJenzer Motorsport1:59.08026
25.Ivan TaranovTrident1:59.22527
26.Juan BrangerTrident2.02.33420
27.Kuba DalewskiRUSSIAN TIME2:03.7306

Day 1 Test – Afternoon Session

1.Dean StonemanKoiranen GP1:55.82925
2.Pierre GaslyART Grand Prix1:55.94029
3.Oliver RowlandMarussia Manor Racing1:55.96717
4.Sam BirdRUSSIAN TIME1:56.02827
5.Kevin KorjusStatus Grand Prix1:56.41924
6.Alex FontanaART Grand Prix1:56.43225
7.Marvin KirchhoferMW Arden1:56.46826
8.Jan MardenboroughCarlin1:56.46933
9.Roman de BeerTrident1:56.54923
10.Nick CassidyStatus Grand Prix1:56..60316
11.Patric NiederhauserJenzer Motorsport1:56.61424
12.Dino ZamparelliMW Arden1:56.62825
13.Adderly FongKoiranen GP1:56.65325
14.Emil BernstorffCarlin1:56.67833
15.Edward JonesMW Arden1:56.84523
16.Jimmy ErikssonRUSSIAN TIME1:56.90428
17.Emanuele ZonziniART Grand Prix1:57.01929
18.Melville McKeeMarussia Manor Racing1:57.24723
19.David FumanelliJenzer Motorsport1:57.26920
20.Jordan KingStatus Grand Prix1:57.27426
21.Santiago UrrutiaKoiranen GP1:57.29522
22.Nicholas LatifiCarlin1:57.38130
23.Ryan CullenMarussia Manor Racing1:57.67525
24.Ivan TaranovTrident1:57.97830
25.Juan BrangerTrident1:58.65234
26.Kevin JoergJenzer Motorsport1:58.79814
27.Kuba DalewskiRUSSIAN TIME1:59.11630

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