Status GP racer Stockinger takes fourth in Monza Italy
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Status GP's Stockinger narrowly misses top 10 in dramatic GP3 race
GP3 Series weekend at Hockenheim, Germany.
Stockinger in the top 10 for Status Grand Prix at Valencia
|Valencia, 23rd June 2012|
|Marlon Stockinger, who started the race from seventh on the grid, and Alice Powell, who lined up 11th, unfortunately came together as the field funneled into a narrow sequence of turns – Powell had got caught on oil being dropped by the car immediately in front and was powerless to prevent herself sliding into her team-mate. |
|Stockinger and Powell both in the top 10 for Status Grand Prix at Valencia|
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|Filipino-Swiss Stockinger completed the 45 minutes of running in seventh position, while Powell was ninth fastest, making her the quickest of the three UK drivers in the field.|
Filipino-Swiss Stockinger takes his first GP3 win with Status GP in the streets of Monaco
Stockinger takes his first GP3 win with Status GP in the streets of Monaco!
Filipino-Swiss ace Marlon Stockinger made history by winning the dramatic second GP3 Series race of the weekend in Monte Carlo with the Status Grand Prix team.
Late News: Marlon Stockinger set the fastest lap of the race
“There was a hydraulic pressure alert as I came up to the grid. My start was very good – I made up a couple of positions – but I was stuck in first gear. I had to shut off and restart everything to get the car going. After that it was pretty good and the fastest lap shows we had very good pace. It’s a shame I couldn’t use that raw speed to fight for points or even a podium, but the speed we have is positive for the rest of the season.” MORE @
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Late NEWS: Stockinger takes second place with Status GP in Barcelona GP3 opener Barcelona, 12th May 2012
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Status GP in Barcelona GP3 opener
STOCKINGER IN TOP 6 AT FINAL GP3 SERIES PRE-SEASON TEST
Stuck on Stöckinger...Is the first Filipino F1 driver among us already?
NOT just for the looks, Marlon Stöckinger is
touted to be the brightest driving talent to emerge
from the Philippines in two decades.
There already is a pile of published material on this handsome Filipino-Swiss driver. We know that he was born and raised in the Philippines. His Swiss father is businessman and racing fanatic Tom Stöckinger, his mother Egin San Pedro. His career, now being managed by the principal of the F1 Lotus-Renault team, seems most likely headed to F1, and if that happens, Marlon would be the first Filipino to make it to F1.
That much, Automobile Association Philippines motor sports committee chairman Mandy Eduque has also said, as he added that Marlon would now have a “direct path” to F1 if he does well.
“He is in his second season in GP3. His next step will be GP2 or F3. Then it will be F1, depending on his performance,” Eduque told Inquirer Motoring.
There are still many, many chequered flags to conquer before Marlon can reach the highest levels of motorsport. And that would most probably mean that we won’t be seeing Marlon that often without his helmet and racing suit on.
In fact, as of press time, Marlon’s uncle, Eric J. San Pedro, disclosed that the young racer was in transit to Estoril in Portugal for a three-day test to make him acquainted with the car and the team (it is for the GP3 as Marlon is a junior formula race car driver).
Last Friday, the Inquirer came out with the AAP special advertising feature that featured Stöckinger joining the top-ranking GP3 Team. The feature revealed that Stöckinger had agreed to join the Silverstone, UK-based Status Grand Prix for 2012 as he embarked on his second season in the GP3 Series.
The news release dubbed him as the brightest driving talent to emerge from the Philippines in two decades, and said that Stöckinger returns to the Formula One support series after a strong end-of-season testing campaign with Status GP last autumn.
Stöckinger regularly finished among the Top 5 of the time sheets in Barcelona, Valencia and Jerez and impressed the team with his approach and feedback.
Status GP carries the second-highest win tally since the category began in 2010. In the 2011 GP3 Series, Status scored victories with two drivers. The 2012 GP3 Series will be fought out at eight Formula One Grand Prix races across Europe, including the new addition of a round at the Monaco Grand Prix. Drivers will be competing for a new prize from tire supplier Pirelli, which provides the GP3 champion with a 200,000-euro reward toward a GP2 Series drive.
Stöckinger was formerly a Formula BMW scholar and race-winner in Formula Renault UK. Of Stöckinger joining Status GP, Eduque said that he would now be with a better team this year.
Three months ago, in November 2011, Inquirer 2BU came out with an exclusive story on Marlon. The story revealed Marlon’s educational background in the Philippines. It was when he moved to Europe that he decided to throw himself wholeheartedly into the intensive training required of a professional racer. “I told my dad firmly, I wanted to focus on one thing—and that’s racing,” he said in the story.
Marlon said he was thrust early into the rigors of motorsport, which provided him a different kind of education. “In school, you always learn from the adults, those older and more knowledgeable than you,” he said.
“I knew that if I wanted to be good at what I’m doing and gain respect for it, I’d have to develop a very professional working attitude, and be able to form relationships with the older people mentoring me,” he said in the 2BU interview.
STÖCKINGER is the first Filipino to win a Formula race in Europe.
In the story, Marlon also credited his older, more seasoned teammates for broadening his perspective and helping him adjust to cultural differences. “Be more liberated,” he said unhesitatingly. “Take more responsibility, be open, and have your own opinion.”
Marlon also said that by being immersed in this kind of sport, where teamwork plays a huge factor in one’s victory, Marlon acknowledges the value of contributing his inputs and having his thoughts heard.
He told 2BU: “The conservative nature of Filipino culture and our strict religious background generally make Filipinos more reluctant to speak out.”
“But thanks to racing, I now know how to speak my mind in a professional and respectful manner and offer constructive criticism, all of which make us grow as a team. However, it’s also this very upbringing that has enabled me to relate well to my teammates.”
Marlon often reminds himself, while he gears up and prepares for a race, that he’s accountable for his own choices on the track. “Apart from the fact that moving to Europe forced me to learn a whole new culture and be responsible for myself, getting into the sport taught me a lot more—that once the race begins, I’m alone in the game. I have to be entirely liable for my actions, and I have to be aware of the consequences of whatever I do,” he told 2BU.
And when he eventually does join Formula One, he won’t be just “alone” in the game, but the only Pinoy in it.
Marlon Stockinger returned to the team for third consecutive test,the Filipino driver performed strongly
STATUS GP CLOSES OUT SEASON WITH POSITIVE JEREZ GP3 TEST
Jerez, Spain, December 1-2, 2011
The GP3 Series ended the 2011 season with the final official two-day test at Circuito de Jerez in southern Spain, with Status Grand Prix running five different drivers over the two days.
Marlon Stockinger returned to the team for third consecutive test, and the Filipino driver performed strongly on both days. After completing 33 laps in warm, sunny conditions on the first morning, the 20-year-old improved his Dallara GP3 car through the afternoon to post the eighth fastest time when he bolted on his second new set of Pirelli P Zero tyres.
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Marlon Stockinger was third fastest in the last day of the official GP3 Series test at Valencia
Marlon Stockinger was third fastest in the last day of the official GP3 Series test at Valencia on Thursday, while Gabby Chaves marked his debut with the team by closing out the final session seventh fastest.
Stockinger, who is preparing for his second season in the Formula One support-race championship, returned to Status GP for second day of the Valencia test having driven with the team at the Barcelona test last month. With a dry track and clear blue skies, the Filipino immediately settled into a good rhythm on used Pirelli P Zero slick tyres before bolting on one of the two new sets allocated for the day.
Stockinger was quick all day on Status GP return
A best lap of 1m26.407s placed Stockinger third behind Daniel Abt and Matias Laine, who both used two sets of new tyres in the cool morning conditions. These times remained as the best in the overall classifications of the two-day test.
Stockinger continued his strong form in the warmer afternoon session, posting quick times on used tyres before setting a 1m27.224s on his final new set, which left him classified fourth, 0.27sec off Conor Daly's fastest time. READ MORE
STOCKINGER TOP 5 IN BARCELONA
Filipino-Swiss Racing Driver Marlon Stockinger returned to the racetrack to complete a two-day testing program with GP3 front-runners Status GP.
Stockinger enjoyed working with the team and steadily progressed up the time sheets finishing the test in the last session of day 2 in 5th place around the Catalan Circuit.
Stockinger: “The boys did a great job. We were always in the top 5 even during damp conditions, which showed that we had good pace and consistency. I was very pleased with the team as they are very motivated and professional which made it easy for me to get accustomed to working with them. I hope that we can continue our progress together in the upcoming tests”.
GP3 returns to Valencia on the 23rd & 24th of November for more winter testing.
GP3 Series at Monza...promising for Stockinger, the Swiss-Filipino posting the seventh fastest time
PRESS RELEASE: Monday, 12 September 2011
ATECH CRS GP ROUNDS OUT THE GP3 SEASON AT MONZA
Atech CRS GP brought its 2011 race season to a close in the final rounds of the GP3 Series at Monza this weekend, with Marlon Stockinger bringing his car home in 13th and 19th places from the two races. There was disappointment for Nick Yelloly who suffered a mechanical problem in race one and had his charge through the field in race two, which earnt him two fastest laps, ended in a five-car crash on lap nine.
Swiss Zoel Amberg saw his chances of another strong finish brought to a premature finish with a collision in both races, which left him unable to show his improved form of the second half of the season.
Friday’s practice proved promising for Stockinger, the Swiss-Filipino posting the seventh fastest time in the opening session to show his ever-improving pace in his first season in the series. However in the morning qualifying session, it was Amberg who led the way, the Swiss GP3 rookie setting the 18th fastest lap, with Stockinger in 25th and Yelloly 28th, the trio all struggling to find a tow on the long straights of the historic Italian track.
In Saturday’s opening round, Amberg was one of three drivers eliminated on the opening lap, the 20 year-old victim of an incident that ended his race on the spot. Yelloly meanwhile had made a good start and was up into 11th when he lost power with a broken cambelt on lap nine.
And so it was left to Stockinger to uphold honours for the Leicestershire-based team, with a strong drive up into the top ten and chasing eighth and the pole spot for race two, before an off-track excursion dropped him down the order.
In Sunday’s early morning final race, a storming drive through the field from Yelloly allowed him to twice post the fastest lap, which was only beaten on the very last tour of the 16-lap race. However as the field entered the Parabolica on lap nine, Nick was one of five cars attempting the corner, from which only one car escaped unscathed. Yelloly was forced to sit out the rest of the race from the sidelines.
Stockinger had another strong drive from the eighth row, making up six places to finish 13th. But for the unfortunate Amberg, a first lap clash caused damage which subsequently put him out for the second race in succession.
Nick Yelloly: “Friday was OK, we were quite fast but in qualifying, where at Monza it’s all about getting a tow, we just didn’t get the most out of the traffic and consequently didn’t get a strong grid start for race one. It was close though; I was only a tenth of a second off the fastest driver in the mid-sector. I made a good start and was up into 11th when the cambelt came off and that was it.
Slightly disappointing as I think I could have got up to eighth and taken the pole spot for race two. In the second race the pace was great, I was setting fastest laps and feeling pretty confident of moving through the field, until I was taken out at the Parabolica. Five of us went into the corner but only one came out.”
Marlon Stockinger: “Practice started well and I was feeling pretty confident going into qualifying but was unable to get a tow, which is really important here. In the first race I was pushing hard, I managed to get up to tenth and was trying hard to get to eighth and pole spot for race two, when I went off. And in race two I made a good start and got past six cars but ran out of laps.“
David Hayle: “This weekend was all about the lack of tow in qualifying and accidents in the races unfortunately, which after a good start from Marlon in practice is a little disappointing. Nick had a great second race; he was very quick in the opening laps so it’s frustrating for him to have his charge through the field ended.
Marlon too drove well in race one, pushing hard all the way to try and get the pole spot for the second race, so to lose that opportunity is a shame. Zoel was the unfortunate victim of two accidents and was unlucky not to have been able to show his strong pace in the races.”
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GP3 Series opening race in Spa - strong performance by the 20 year-old Swiss-Filipino saw him gain
PRESS RELEASE: Sunday 28 August, 2011
ATECH CRS GP CONTINUES IMPROVED PACE
Atech CRS GP continued to demonstrate its improved pace with Nick Yelloly posting the fifth fastest time in qualifying for the opening GP3 Series opening race in Spa.
On Sunday, overcoming ever-changing weather conditions typical of the Belgian circuit, Marlon Stockinger drove a storming race from the back of the grid to finish tenth, while Zoel Amberg also recovered well from retirement in race one to finish 12th just ahead of Yelloly.
The Leicestershire-based team’s strong showing in qualifying unfortunately netted no points for the trio in Saturday’s first race. For Yelloly, his strong start to maintain position on lap one came to an abrupt stop at Les Combes when he was hit by another car, bending a front wishbone and ending his race on the spot.
A fuel pump loom failure for Stockinger ended his race after six laps while Amberg was sidelined with a puncture.
Race two saw all three drivers start from the back of the grid and a great start from Stockinger allowed him to make up 11 places on the opening lap. A strong performance by the 20 year-old Swiss-Filipino saw him gain four further places over the course of the 12 lapper, as he crossed the line tenth, just 0.01 seconds adrift of ninth place.
The race also saw impressive charges through the pack from Amberg and Yelloly. Amberg recovered from his non-finish in race one and gained a massive 18 places during the race on his way to 12th place.
While Yelloly, who came into the Spa race on the back of an impressive debut appearance in Formula Renault 3.5 last weekend, also made good progress through the race, including a stunning manouevre around the outside of two cars at the mid-point, to gain 16 places at the flag in 13th.
Marlon Stockinger: “We had a good second race. I made an awesome start to make up 11 places on the opening lap and the car was really good. We’d put more wing on to overcome the damp conditions and I managed to get by a few others over the remaining laps. Generally the car was great, in the first race I was making progress until the fuel pump loom failed, but overall we had good pace.”
Nick Yelloly: “The weekend got off to a reasonable start, we spent much of the practice bedding in discs and brakes and I was happy with the car going into qualifying. In that, I only managed one flying lap as I was on the weighbridge, and was third fastest, although I dropped down when others gained an extra lap. Race one was disappointing being taken out on lap one, but I had a good race in the second, despite a big gamble with no wing and low tyre pressures. I think I could have been on for two podiums this weekend, so slightly disappointing, but after the Formula Renault 3.5 outing last weekend and this weekend’s pace, it’s certainly lifted my confidence as we go into Monza.”
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GP3 season last Sunday's race in Barcelona...
PRESS RELEASE: Monday 23 May, 2011
TOP TEN AND GOOD PACE FOR ATECH CRS GP
Zoel Amberg scored Atech CRS GP's best result of the GP3 season in Sunday's race in Barcelona following his strong weekend in Istanbul in the opening round. The team made significant progress this weekend with much improved pace for all three drivers.
Atech’s star drive of the weekend went to Zoel who excelled in Sunday's race two, making up six places in the opening lap. Once the race settled he suffered from being unable to overtake on the notoriously tough circuit despite having a much faster pace than the cars ahead. Having started in 16th, he crossed the line in 10th place.
Four cars stalled on the grid and Marlon, starting from the back of the grid was accelerating and driving towards the right of a stationary car when a driver swerved in front of him. Marlon then couldn’t see the stricken car and hit it just as he had changed up to fifth gear. The impact was so severe that the left hand side of the car was completely destroyed and the gearbox was broken in half. Marlon walked away shaken but uninjured.
After the restart following a three lap safety car period, Nick started making his way through the field, but as with race one, his tyres started to suffer and he struggled to maintain his pace. He crossed the line 18th having started the race 24th.
Team Principal David Hayle: “It’s difficult to see the positives when all three drivers have driven so well over the weekend and not got the results they deserved but our pace here has been fantastic. On a circuit where overtaking is more of a possibility we could easily have been in the top six, if not on the podium. Zoel showed again that he has the skills to make his way through the pack at the start. With some work on his qualifying he’s going to be at the front end very soon, and Nick is starting to show consistency which is very important. Marlon has had one of the worst weekends possible for a driver but he should take comfort from showing that he’s a podium contender.”
The next rounds of the 2011 GP3 Series take place at the Spanish circuit of Valencia over the weekend of 24-26 June.
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Barcelona Spain - ATECH CRS GP ON THE PACE BUT NO RESULTS
PRESS RELEASE: Saturday 21 May, 2011
ATECH CRS GP ON THE PACE BUT NO RESULTS
The pace for the Atech team in today’s qualifying session and race one was the best of the season by a long way, but circumstances went against the Leicestershire team. Marlon Stockinger qualified in third place, putting in an excellent lap, but was later excluded for a minor technical infringement and started the race from the back. Nick Yelloly and Zoel Amberg qualified 11th and 24th respectively.
A jump start added to Marlon’s woes and so he finished 26th while Nick, having made his way through to 8th and with a reverse grid pole start for race two in his sights, slid back through the field as his tyres degraded and his lap times dropped. Zoel made the most progress for the team by gaining eight places through the race to finish in 16th position.
Nick Yelloly: “I had my best qualifying of the year with 11th which was a pretty strong effort and I could have done better if I hadn’t made a mistake. I know I have potential to be higher. We talked about set-up and went for similar to qualifying which was good for getting up to eighth on the first lap. Then the pace went. It was so bad I slipped back and couldn’t even defend. It was like driving in the rain. We will sort it for tomorrow’s race. “
Marlon Stockinger: “Obviously the exclusion has been a big down for us but at least we know we have the pace. Tomorrow is a new day. I did a very good lap, it could so easily have been a bit better, I've really worked on my qualifying and in only my 2nd GP3 event I managed to put the car on the 2nd row.”
Zoel Amberg: “It was a good race – difficult with tyre problems and everyone is so similar with pace. It’s difficult to overtake but I managed to get some positions on the start and first lap and then later overtaking on the straight and around the outside.”
Team Principal David Hayle: “I feel for Marlon because today’s decision has overshadowed a fantastic performance and the minor technical infringement on one side of the rear floor gave no performance advantage. In the race he had the same pace as the race leaders so a podium would have been achievable. All three drivers have shown that we have good pace. Nick was capable of being near Marlon in qualifying and Zoel’s race performance was very good. We just need to work on qualifying to get him higher up the grid for the start. ”
Race one is shown on Eurosport 2 & Eurosport HD at 8am UK time tomorrow (Sunday) morning. Race two is broadcast live immediately afterwards at 9.30 local/ 8.30am UK time.
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Barcelona Spain - Marlon Stockinger grabs third position to give Atech CRS GP its best qualifying result
Marlon Stockinger grabs third position to give
Atech CRS GP its best qualifying result to date -
GP3 Barcelona, F1 Santander Race, Spain
Marlon Stockinger - right
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Andrea Caldarelli looked to have pole wrapped up for Tech 1 Racing early on in the session. The Italian went top of the time sheets, and the rest of the thirty strong field struggled to match his pace. Early on Lotus ART’s James Calado, Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Muller and Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims all challenged at the front but Caldarelli was sitting pretty.
During the second half of the session the battled really heated up. Yesterday’s quickest man, Valtteri Bottas briefly took the top spot, before Atech CRS GP’s Marlon Stockinger edged him out. But Caldarelli was quick to respond moving ahead of the Filipino driver. Caldarelli pounded in quick laps, and had the session under control, until fellow rookie Evans found his groove. With just minutes left on the clock the 16-year-old put together the perfect lap to move ahead, and despite pushing hard Caldarelli could not find the extra time he needed - Evans snatched the first ever pole position for MW Arden by just 0.001 seconds.
Marlon Stockinger - right
Stockinger held onto third position to give Atech CRS GP its best qualifying result to date, and Aaro Vainio ended the session with his best ever performance in fourth for Tech 1 Racing. James Calado was the top Lotus ART driver in fifth, and race winner Nigel Melker was in sixth. Müller had one final push but was unable to better his time and remained in seventh ahead of Pal Kiss, Dean Smith and Bottas in tenth.
Once again the competition down the grid was extremely competitive and just one second covered the top twenty-four drivers. The scene is set once again for another exciting race this afternoon...more @ http://gp3series.com/news/Barcelona-Rd-2-2011/Evans-grabs-first-ever-pole-for-MW-Arden/
STRONG FINISH FOR ATECH IN ISTANBUL
PRESS RELEASE: Monday 8 May, 2011
STRONG FINISH FOR ATECH IN ISTANBUL
Atech CRS GP finished 11th in the weekend’s second GP3 race in Istanbul on Sunday with Briton Nick Yelloly narrowly avoiding a stalled car off the line to finish top of the trio. Zoel Amberg had another strong race, despite being hit by another car which damaged his suspension, to finish 14th while Marlon Stockinger, eliminated in Saturday’s opening round, moved up seven places to bring his car home 23rd.
The grid saw Amberg line up 12th, Yelloly 13th and Stockinger dead last in 30th, having been an early retirement in the first race. At the lights Yelloly was lucky to avoid the stalled car of Nico Muller immediately in front of him, and get a run alongside Amberg into the first corner, passing his team-mate later in the lap.
Stockinger made a good start to gain five places in the opening three laps while Yelloly and Amberg were trading places just outside the top ten. Amberg’s bid for a top ten finish ended when he was hit by another car damaging his suspension dropping him to 14th, while Yelloly chasing tenth held on to take 11th at the flag, and Stockinger made up two more places to finish 23rd.
Nick Yelloly: “I got a good start and just managed to avoid Muller who had stalled in front of me. Then I got past Zoel on the opening lap, but the trouble is if anyone makes a mistake the whole field bunches up behind and in amongst the traffic it’s hard to show your true pace. Towards the end of the race I changed my driving style, which worked and gave me better pace so I know it’s really important to qualify higher. I was pretty happy with the race pace, and so now I’m pretty confident ahead of the next rounds, but to be running around the top ten for a rookie, isn’t bad.”
Zoel Amberg: “In the beginning it wasn’t bad and I had a good fight with Nick which was cool! But then I was hit by another car, which damaged mine, and I lost a lot of grip as a result. The team did a great job all weekend though and I really enjoyed my first GP3 outing. It was a pretty good weekend all round and I’m now really looking forward to the next rounds in Spain.”
Team Principal David Hayle: “It wasn’t a bad start to the season really considering we have three GP3 rookies in the team. We will take what we’ve learnt this weekend and build on it for the next rounds and keep improving.”
The next rounds of the 2011 GP3 Series take place at the Catalunya circuit in Barcelona, Spain over the weekend of 20-22 May.
GP3 Series: Marlon Stockinger is getting ready for Round one in Istanbul, Turkey
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& the start for this season GP3. Starting May 6th 2011
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Stockinger was the pace-setter for the team, ATECH CRS GP COMPLETES THREE DAYS IN SPAIN
PRESS RELEASE: Thursday 14th April, 2011
ATECH CRS GP COMPLETES THREE DAYS IN SPAIN
Atech CRS GP completed the final pre-season GP3 testing with three days at the Catalunya circuit in Spain. Swiss-Filipino Marlon Stockinger finished the morning session sixth fastest in conditions much cooler than Tuesday’s opening day allowing the Leicestershire-based team and the rest of the 30-car field to lap around a second faster.
Stockinger was the pace-setter for the team, happy with his set up and comfortably settling into the car as he embarks on his first season in GP3. Nick Yelloly was next up, the British racer also heading into his debut season in the European Grands Prix- support series unable to get the most from his new tyres on day two but happy with the progress made in Thursday’s final session.
There was frustration for Swiss Zoel Amberg who suffered with a persistent engine problem over the three days, which caused his car to stop, and which the team were unable to rectify before the final flag.
Marlon Stockinger: “It was a pretty good test, we did three race simulations and got some good data from that so I think we’re well prepared for Turkey. The team did a great job, we worked steadily with a program of what we wanted to achieve and I think we pretty much ticked all the boxes, so I’m very happy.”
Nick Yelloly: “We’ve been struggling slightly with the set-up today but were able to get in two race runs ready for the opening rounds. We didn’t use new tyres this afternoon as we wanted to concentrate on that but towards the end of the afternoon session, we found quite a bit of time and made some good improvements, which I’m confident will also help when it comes to qualifying.”
Zoel Amberg: “Sadly we had a recurring engine problem, which started on day one and which we just couldn’t sort. It’s disappointing to finish the pre-season tests like this but hopefully we can rectify the problem prior to the opening rounds next month.”
Team Principal David Hayle: “Marlon had a very good day today, managing to get all his sectors together and produce the result he had shown was possible from the start. With Nick we ran all his new tyres in the morning and spent this afternoon doing race runs, which also provided us with lots of information we feel will also help in qualifying, so we’re very happy with that. It was unfortunate for Zoel that we had a recurring engine problem pretty much throughout the test, his car just kept stopping, and we couldn’t get to the bottom of what it was, so sadly he didn’t get very many laps in. But we have several weeks now prior to the opening rounds in Turkey and hopefully we can go into the tests there and have this problem resolved and look forward to a good opening weekend.”
Determined charge from Stockinger saw him pull himself up to fifth overall...Atech CRS GP Silverstone
PRESS RELEASE: Friday 1st April, 2011
ATECH CRS GP CONCLUDES SILVERSTONE GP3 TEST
The Atech CRS GP team returned to track action with three days around the Silverstone circuit this week. The three-car team, now located in Leicestershire, joined the rest of the GP3 Series teams for the second of three pre-season tests, and were treated to a bright and sunny start to the opening day.
During the course of the morning session, the three GP3 rookies steadily improved their times, until the session was cut short thirty seconds from the checkered flag, ending their chances of improvement.
After lunch the drivers retook to the track, and a determined charge from Stockinger saw him pull himself up to fifth overall, and confident of improving had rain not interrupted the session. For Yelloly and Amberg, the afternoon provided a valuable opportunity to carry out race simulation runs but the chances of improving their lap times was brought to a halt when the rain fell mid-way through the session.
On Wednesday the trio were met with changeable track conditions but Stockinger again felt more at ease with the conditions and his car set-up, winding up tenth overall. Afternoon rain halted any chance of improvements in lap time but allowed them the chance to run on full wets and saw Yelloly excel in the tricky conditions, moving up to 13th, just behind Stockinger, with Amberg comfortable also on the wet track, moving up to 17th.
Thursday’s final day started on a wet track and over the course of the three-hour session, there were several red flag stoppages, preventing the drivers from getting a clear run. The afternoon session however saw windy dry conditions replace the rain, which provided another challenge but also the opportunity to gather vital information ahead of the final pre-season tests next month.
Marlon Stockinger: “The team did a great job on Tuesday and we were able to get a good set-up pretty much from the start, which allowed me to post some good times early on. In the afternoon we worked on developing the car further and had it not been for the rain, I really feel I could have improved even more. It was much of the same on Wednesday, consistently running in and around the top ten but we struggled on the last day for some reason. However I still remain confident ahead of the Barcelona test that we can take what we’ve learnt here into the next test.”
Nick Yelloly: “We messed up on our first tyre run on Tuesday but in the second were reasonably competitive. We spent time also doing a race simulation run which was great, but I didn’t get the chance to go for a time on new tyres before the rain came. Through Wednesday and Thursday we struggled on new tyres in the middle sector until the closing minutes of Thursday when I found the reason and gained six tenths! That was a great feeling and now we leave Silverstone in a much more positive frame of mind as we head to Barcelona, a circuit I know and like, confident of improving further.”
Zoel Amberg: “I spent much of the morning of the first day learning the track as it’s very new to me, the second to fifth corners I feel I’m particularly struggling with but overall I was reasonably happy. We made a few changes for the afternoon but sadly we didn’t get the chance to run on new tyres before the rain set in. On Wednesday the morning session was OK but the second half was pretty wet although I was quite happy with my pace. On Thursday it was very hard to get a good run as there were many red flags and the wind was very strong which made it hard to find the correct line. But I’m enjoying the experience very much and working with the Atech CRS GP team.”
Team Principal David Hayle: “Marlon drove very well and was immediately on the pace from the start on Tuesday. He was very happy with his set-up and that was reflected by his strong performance Tuesday and Wednesday. Nick and Zoel were able to run race simulations on Tuesday, which proved valuable as we approach the opening races. We have learnt from the three days though, Nick found a huge improvement in the closing minutes on Thursday alone and Zoel is improving every session, so overall I think it was a good performance by all three.”
The team returns to track activity in the final pre-season tests at Barcelona, Spain on 12-13-14 April 2011.
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