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Carlin’s GP3 drivers made a promising start to the season finale in Abu Dhabi this morning. Alexander Sims finished second overall after being pipped to the top spot by newly confirmed F1 driver Daniil Kvyat by 0.028 seconds in the dying minutes of the session. Sims was joined at the top of the timing screens by team mate Nick Yelloly who was also a front runner throughout the session and ended fourth. Luis Sa Silva was for the majority of the session in the top half of the field and was 17th overall at the flag.

After a lengthy break since the last GP3 race in Monza in September, the GP3 drivers were on track again this morning around the Yas Marina Circuit. As the drivers set their first flying laps, Sims showed intent with an effort which put him fourth, while Sa Silva was just behind in fifth.

As the times started to tumble Yelloly was picking up the pace and went third quickest. 10 minutes into the forty minute session Sim was third, Yelloly fourth and Sa Silva 16th.

After a brief stop in the pits, Sim improved to second and next time round went quicker again to briefly top the timing screens. Both Sims and Yelloly remained competitive as the times dropped with Sims putting in a strong lap to go P1 with only a minute remaining. The Carlin man’s time looked to remain unbeaten until Kvyat posted a purple middle sector to better his effort by 0.028 seconds. Yelloly completed a strong session for the team in fourth place.

Reflecting on practice, Sims said, “It was a good practice session, probably the best of the year so far. We had good pace on used tyres although the car was moving around a little at the rear. We made a small change and when we put the new tyres on the balance was perfect. We’ve started the weekend off on a good footing.”

Fourth place man Yelloly added, “I’m pleased with how it went with this being my first experience of Abu Dhabi. I wasn’t quite up to the maximum on the braking on my fastest lap so there may have been a little bit of time to be gained there. We’ll sit down though and look at the data and see where more time can be made up. Being in the top five in practice is a good start though.”

The GP3 team will be back on track for qualifying tomorrow morning.

Nick YellolyCarlin’s Nick Yelloly has taken a brilliant podium position in the second GP3 Series race around the Nürburgring, Germany. Making a fantastic start from fourth on the grid the British racer made his way up to second place in the opening lap. The Carlin man would come home after 15 laps of racing to take a strong haul of points for his championship campaign in third. Team mates Eric Lichtenstein and Luis Sa Silva fought hard to gain positions and would finish in 21st and 22nd respectively following their difficult outing yesterday.

The second GP3 Series race got underway in warm conditions this morning with Yelloly lining up fourth on the grid while Lichtenstein and Sa Silva started 26th and 27th respectively following their first lap incident in yesterday’s race. With overtaking a rare sight here this weekend, the start was to be the all important element to this morning’s race – Yelloly made sure his launch was perfect as he stormed into the first corner. Looking likely to take the lead, the Carlin man was slightly blocked by Melville McKee in turn one however Yelloly came back well to snatch second position from Alexander Sims as the pack fed into the second corner.

Further back, and hampered by their race one non-finish, Lichtenstein and Sa Silva had made progress having started at the back of the grid and were running 21st and 23rd after the opening lap; making sure to get the most out of the tyres in these early stages.

As the race settled into a rhythm over the next few laps Yelloly initially was able to keep a good gap to Sims behind while cutting the time deficit to race leader McKee. However over the next few laps Sims began to latch on to the back of Yelloly; with the fellow British racer moving up on lap nine. Meanwhile Lichtenstein and Sa Silva were swapping positions in 21st and 22nd as they looked to catch those ahead and progress through the race – wanting to cut the gap to David Fumanelli ahead.

Yelloly ahead continued to run strong in third position and, with McKee’s tyres looking to be degrading in the closing stages hoped to close the gap, however the Carlin racer was to finish in a great third position – to add to his second placed finish last time out at his home round, Silverstone. Lichtenstein and Sa Silva finished what had been a tough weekend for the pair in 21st and 22nd

Yelloly said of his third position, ‘The start was good and if I wasn’t boxed in I think I would have taken the lead. From then I held position in second however Sims’ tyres were working well for him and I let him past when he came up behind me as the speed difference was too much. Third is good for us, it’s some nice points and now we go back, analyse everything and look ahead to next round.’

Photo by Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.

Luis Sa SilvaThe final pre-season GP3 Series test has been completed this week following two days of running at a very cold Silverstone. For Carlin drivers Nick Yelloly, Eric Lichtenstein and Luis Sa Silva the test signals the final on-track running before the season gets underway in Barcelona next month.

The cold conditions over the course of the two day test ensured that track running was limited. Despite the cold weather and snow flurries all three Carlin men had a positive test – focusing on learning the 2013 GP3 car, completing practice starts while also simulating qualifying and race runs throughout both days of testing.

Having set the third quickest time in yesterday afternoon’s session Yelloly said, ‘It’s difficult to gauge where you are in such cold conditions because you can’t really feel the grip in the tyres. However yesterday, when it was a little warmer, we had really good qualifying and race pace so I definitely think we’re looking strong for the first round of the season.’

Eric Lichtenstein added, ‘We’ve spent the test continuing to learn. GP3 is a completely different level of car than I’ve driven in the past so with every test it feels as though I’m developing further. It was difficult today because the wind direction kept changing so pinning down the set-up was tough. But we have a lot of great data ready for the first round in Spain and that’s what matters.’

Luis Sa Silva commented, ‘These past two days have been so cold! I’m really not used to this type of weather. The first day of testing was quite difficult for me; I span on my new tyres and then lost a lot of running in the afternoon as a result. The second day was a lot better though; we did a lot of practice starts which all look good, and our race pace is also looking solid. Really, the biggest thing for me to learn has been the tyres because the ones I’ve raced on in the past have gone on and on. However the Pirelli tyres are completely different – you really have to manage them which adds another dimension to a race weekend.’

The first round of the season gets underway 10th-13th May in Barcelona.

Photo by Alastair Staley/GP3 Series Media Service.