Evans begins Barcelona test on top
25 October 2011 – New Zealand’s Mitch Evans led the way as Barcelona’s two-day GP3 test commenced on Tuesday. Topping the timesheets with a best effort of 1:39.037, the MW Arden driver was just under six tenths of a second quicker than Finn Matias Laine of Manor, with Carlos Huertas and Carlin rounding out the top three.
The action started at the Circuit de Catalunya at 9am, with several familiar GP3 faces being joined by a selection of new ones including Estonia’s Kevin Korjus, British Formula Ford Champion Scott Malvern and Brandon Maisano, whose progress is being closely watched by Ferrari.
After heavy rain in the Catalonia area for the majority of Monday, the collection of rookie drivers were welcomed by thick fog which caused an initial delay of half an hour. The eventual green light signalled a tricky start, with a damp track to contend with and most of the drivers having never driven a GP3 car before.
During the day, offs from Ethan Ringal, Kotaro Sakurai and the aforementioned Huertas all resulted in brief stoppages, although Evans’ leading time could not be bettered. For British honours, Nick Yelloly and Malvern occupied positions nine and 19, respectively.
GP3 testing continues at the Circuit de Catalunya at 9am on Wednesday