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  • David Phillips
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    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
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    29 years old, Dave Judson lives in Mentor, Ohio. Dave has grown up with racing, watching his father win races and championships at the local go-kart track as a youngster and continuing his love of racing while watching NASCAR, Indycar, Formula 1 and sports cars.
    Judson has enjoyed a successful sim-racing career of his own in the IZOD Indycar iRacing Open and Fixed Setup Series. He has race wins to his credits as well as the Division 1 Championship of the Open Series in Season 1 of 2013 and the Overall Championship of the Fixed Series in Season 3 of 2013.
    Dave has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is looking to expand his horizons by writing for inRacingNews.

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    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to his aunt!

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    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give iRacing.com a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and iRacing.com and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

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    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

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    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

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    Born and raised in the greater St. Louis, Missouri area, Scott Kelly has had a love for motorsports ever since his father did the right thing by introducing auto racing into his life. No longer able to quench his need for speed by spectating NASCAR races on TV and watching dirt track stars slide around local tracks, Kelly eventually picked-up sim racing in his teens, wheeling cars found in Ratbag Games' "Dirt Track Racing" and "World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars" while also becoming introduced into multiple Papyrus sim-racing series. Joining the iRacing ranks in late 2011, Kelly set his sights on the short track racing he was familiar with, focusing on the sprint car, while also driving the Legends and street stock in multiple iRacing.com leagues.

    Kelly brings not just his enthusiasm for racing to the highest-rated motorsports simulation, but also his B.A. degree in English; he covers the action seen in the iRacing.com Sprint Car Series, while also placing the spotlight on various leagues within the service. Enjoying his start to a career in motorsports journalism, Kelly also doesn't mind visiting victory lane from time-to-time.

  • George Wood
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    After beginning his racing career with go-karts at age seven, George then turned wrenches on street stocks until he could finally turn the wheel. Following the successes of his friends and family, George has since retired from real-world racing, where he is now a science and mathematics faculty member for several local community colleges. When George isn't grading laboratory reports or iRacing, he is performing at bluegrass festivals in the Northeast, making fishing lures, playing golf, and rooting for his beloved Baltimore Orioles.
  • Chris Hall
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Chris Hall has been writing since the nineties and moved into motorsports reporting in 2005, covering series such as ALMS, British GT, FIA GT, Le Mans and 2CV racing for Full Throttle magazine, Motorsport.com, The-Paddock.net, GTGateway.com, L' Endurance and, of course, inRacingNews. During 2008 and 2009, he worked with the RSS Performance Porsche Carrera Cup Team (and former British GT(C) champions) as a data engineer for a variety of drivers and models of 997s.
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    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
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    I was born in Adelaide and we moved-out for Angle Vale for a few years until I was about 7 years old, when we moved to the Barossa Valley where I live now. I'm 19 years old and currently traveling back and forth weekly as I'm studying for a Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology.

    I've always had a love for racing as my close family did some racing and we were always out at the local dirt track. I joined iRacing back in 2010 and slowly but surely got the hang of it as this is my first experience with sim racing and am loving it each time I race. I've won two SK Modified titles (almost had three in a row but finished P2 in 2011 S4), an iRacingNews Challenge championship (2012 S1 Mazda) and was also an AustralAsian Intel GT Series Finalist.
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    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
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    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Bernstorff fastest in Barcelona test

April 17th, 2014

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Emil Bernstorff ended pre-season GP3 testing on top as he set the fastest time for Carlin at Barcelona on Thursday. The Briton outpaced Jenzer’s Pal Varhaug by 0.205 seconds in the quicker morning session. “I just had a lap where I put everything together and didn’t make any mistakes,” said Bernstorff. “The car feels really good, and it’s a nice confidence boost to finish the final test quickest, particularly at the track we’ll race on first.” Bernstorff’s team-mate and Red Bull junior Alex Lynn completed the top three, with day one pacesetter Nick Yelloly making it three Brits in the top four places. Another Brit hit the front in the afternoon, when Dean Stoneman was fastest for the Marussia Formula 1-affiliated Manor team, although times for the whole field were [...]

Eriksson leads GP3 test for Koiranen

April 11th, 2014

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Jimmy Eriksson finished on top of the times on the second and final day of GP3 testing at the Jerez circuit. The Swedish Koiranen driver clocked a best time of 1m30.732s in the morning session, going over half a second quicker than what Thursday’s pacesetter Nick Yelloly had managed. Yelloly led the afternoon session, but all the fastest times were set in the morning as teams worked on race-orientated programmes later on. Briton Alex Lynn continued with his strong pre-season, finishing in third place for Carlin ahead of team-mate Emil Bernstorff. Robert Visoiu in the Arden car and ART’s Dino Zamparelli completed the top five. Trident’s Victor Carbone caused the only stoppage in the morning session when he spun into the gravel. Santiago Urrutia also put his car on the [...]

Yelloly fastest in Jerez GP3 test

April 10th, 2014

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Nick Yelloly posted the quickest time on the opening day of the second GP3 test for 2014 at the Jerez circuit. The Status GP driver finished on top of the times with a best lap of 1m31.350s, recorded in the morning session, where the quickest four laps of the day were set. Carlin’s Alex Lynn finished in second behind Yelloly ahead of Korainen’s Santiago Urrutia and Dino Zamparelli in the ART car. Lynn’s team-mate Emil Bernstorff was fifth quickest on the day with the fastest time of the afternoon session. The test marked the first appeared for the Hilmer team after having taking over the Russian Time entry. The team, which had missed the first pre-season test, ran Nelson Mason and Ivan Taranov, the former causing a red flag in [...]

Lynn dominates Estoril GP3 test

March 28th, 2014

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GP3 rookie Alex Lynn and his Carlin team dominated the second and final day of GP3 testing at Estoril on Friday. The Briton, joining the series after finishing third in the Formula 3 European Championship, topped both the morning and the afternoon sessions from team-mate Emil Bernstorff. Lynn’s best time of 1m28.553s, set in the afternoon, was the benchmark, as both him and Bernstorff were the only drivers to break into the 1m28s barrier. Jimmy Eriksson was the first non-Carlin driver in third for Koiranen, while Roman de Beer put the Trident car fourth in the timesheets. Another Carlin driver, Luis Sa Silva, completed the top five. The session started on a wet track following the overnight rain, but drivers were able to switch to Pirelli’s medium tyres at the [...]

Zamparelli tops first day of testing

March 27th, 2014

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Dino Zamparelli set the pace on the opening day of 2014 pre-season testing for the GP3 series at Estoril. The ART driver finished the morning session with a time of 1m29.145s, a benchmark that would stay unbeaten after the afternoon session was hit by heavy rain. The downpour, however, came after Jimmy Eriksson had managed to top the times after the lunch break to finish less than a tenth of a second off Zamparelli’s time. Briton Alex Lynn was third quickest for Carlin, ahead of team-mate Emil Bernstorff and Nick Yelloly in the Status car. All their times were set in the morning. Rain hit the circuit some 45 minutes into the afternoon session, with the teams limiting their running after that point. Victor Carbone caused the first red flag [...]

Merhi, Stanaway to test for Status

March 26th, 2014

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Former single-seater racers Roberto Merhi and Richie Stanaway will test for Status Grand Prix’s GP3 team this week at Estoril. Mercedes-contracted Merhi and former Lotus Formula 1 junior Stanaway have not raced a single-seater since 2011 and 2012 respectively. Merhi has spent the last two years racing in the DTM, but was not included in the Mercedes race line-up for 2014, while Stanaway has competed in the Porsche Supercup and GT racing since a back injury curtailed his 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 campaign. The pair will join Nick Yelloly, who is already signed to race for Status, and be Formula Renault 2.0 NEC graduate Alfonso Celis Jr for the test in Portugal. Selis said: “I’m really excited to be here with Status Grand Prix. “I aim to take the best [...]

Force India adds GP3 to Hilmer deal

March 25th, 2014

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The Force India Formula 1 team has expanded its partnership with GP2 team Hilmer Motorsport to include supporting its new GP3 team as well in 2014. The Silverstone-based F1 squad recently announced a tie-up with Hilmer for GP2, and the German team subsequently took over Russian Time’s GP3 entry following the death of its team owner Igor Mazepa. Force India team principal Vijay Mallya said: “Our partnership with Hilmer to field a GP3 team reaffirms our commitment towards developing a new generation of drivers. “Combined with our support for grassroots karting, our presence in GP3 and GP2 lends valuable support to up-and-coming racers and will help them to realise their potential.” The F1 team’s deputy team principal Bob Fernley recently told AUTOSPORT that Force India has made changes behind the [...]

Stoneman secures Manor GP3 drive

March 19th, 2014

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Dean Stoneman has secured a full-time GP3 seat with the Marussia Formula 1 team’s junior arm Manor. The 2010 Formula 2 champion made his single-seater return at the end of last season when he drove for Koiranen in the GP3 finale in Abu Dhabi and came close to winning race two. Stoneman’s career had previously been interrupted when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer just after winning the F2 crown, completing his prize F1 test with Williams and sealing a Formula Renault 3.5 deal for the 2011 season. “It has taken us a while to find the right team, but I think we have now established the best balance of support, professionalism and expertise to give me a strong chance of fighting for the championship this season,” he said. “Manor [...]

Hilmer replaces Russian Time in GP3

March 13th, 2014

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Hilmer Motorsport will replace Russian Time in GP3 this season. Russian Time departs the GP3 field without making a race start, having acquired the Bamboo Engineering operation last winter before the death of team founder Igor Mazepa threw its plans into doubt. The Motopark squad that had operated the Russian Time programme parted company with the team during the reorganisation after Mazepa’s death. Although iSport came in to run Russian Time’s GP2 arm – which won the teams’ title at the first attempt in 2013 – it declined to take on the GP3 squad too. iSport chief Paul Jackson told AUTOSPORT last month: “It’s going to be quite a big job to get the GP2 side up and running at such short notice, so we’ve said we’d rather not run [...]

Arden GP3 test for F4 champion

March 7th, 2014

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An end-of-season GP3 Series test with the race-winning Arden Motorsport squad will be awarded to this year’s BRDC Formula 4 champion. Arden has run the last two GP3 champions, Mitch Evans and now-Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Daniil Kvyat, and finished second in the teams’ standings in both seasons. “With the BRDC F4 championship clearly being the most competitive junior single-seater championship in the UK, its 2014 champion is inevitably going to be a great talent,” said Arden sporting director Julian Rouse. “We’re very interested to see how they perform in our car and the official Abu Dhabi test will give us the ideal opportunity to do this.” Palmer believes the link between the two series could lead drivers to graduating directly to the F1 feeder series from F4. [...]

Yelloly moves to Status GP3 team

February 26th, 2014

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British racer Nick Yelloly is to return to the GP3 Series this season, and has made a switch to Status Grand Prix. The 23-year-old contested the 2011 and ’13 campaigns in GP3, finishing sixth in the points last season with Carlin. In between, he took fifth position in the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series, with two wins. “I’m very happy to be joining Status GP for 2014,” said Yelloly. “We have a clear aim to win the championship together. “I’d like to thank my father David and my manager Mark Blundell for making it happen with Status GP. We’re really looking forward to getting started.” Teddy Yip Jr, team principal of the Silverstone-based Status squad, added: “Nick has been a highly successful driver over the past two seasons, and we [...]

Zamparelli gets ART GP3 seat

February 19th, 2014

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British driver Dino Zamparelli has joined champion team ART for the 2014 GP3 Series. Zamparelli moves across from Manor after finishing 18th in last year’s standings, with two seventh places his best results. The 21-year-old had previously won the 2011 BARC Formula Renault title before graduating to international racing in Formula 2, where he took eighth in the ’12 championship. “Signing for ART Grand Prix is a massive move,” said Zamparelli. “I’m so excited to get to race for a team with so much history. Zamparelli’s full career statistics on FORIX “In GP3 they’ve won four titles in a row so they are clearly getting something right. “The aim is simple, to go and win as many races as possible and ultimately take the championship crown at the end of [...]

Red Bull brings Mardenborough to GP3

February 17th, 2014

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The Red Bull Formula 1 team has taken Nissan GT Academy graduate Jann Mardenborough under its wing and will place him with Arden in GP3 this season. Mardenborough won Nissan’s scheme – which gives computer game-players the chance to become professional racing drivers – in 2011. He initially raced in sportscars before adding single-seater programmes in Formula 3 and the Toyota Racing Series from last season. “I feel ready for GP3,” said 22-year-old Briton Mardenborough. “I’ve prepared well and I have all the right people around me to help my development so I can fully focus on my racing. “Formula 3 has taught me so many things, both in the car and out of the car, both mentally and physically. It was a great stage in my development and I’m [...]

Bernstorff moves to GP3 with Carlin

February 13th, 2014

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Formula 3 race winner Emil Bernstorff will switch to the GP3 Series for this season with Carlin. The 20-year-old Anglo-Dane makes the step up from the German F3 Cup, in which he finished third last season with six victories. He raced in the F3 European Championship in 2012, and returned to the category’s top level for a one-off in last year’s Masters of F3 at Zandvoort, where he finished on the podium. Bernstorff joins Carlin after driving with the team on two of the three days of post-season GP3 testing in Abu Dhabi last November. “Carlin are a team I’ve admired for many years and it’s great to be racing with them this season,” he said. “I’m now looking forward to the official testing, which starts at the end of [...]

ART signs Fontana for GP3 season

February 4th, 2014

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Multiple GP3 title-winning team ART has signed Lotus Formula 1 junior programme driver Alex Fontana for the 2014 season. Fontana was 17th in the GP3 standings with Jenzer last year in his first full campaign in the series following occasional appearances in 2011/12. The 21-year-old Swiss driver had previously won the 2011 European F3 Open title before racing in Formula 2. “I am extremely pleased to have the opportunity to work with a team that has topped the championship like ART Grand Prix and I believe that no other team can allow me to better develop my skills,” said Fontana, who became a Lotus F1 protege last year. “My goal is to always be at the forefront and be consistent throughout the season, because it is a crucial factor for [...]

Russian Time signs Eriksson for GP3

January 23rd, 2014

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GP3 newcomer Russian Time has signed Jimmy Eriksson as its first driver for the 2014 season. The Swede will be competing in the series for the second straight year, having raced with Status in 2013, although he did not score any points. Russian Time is run in partnership with the Motopark Academy squad with which Eriksson won the 2012 German Formula 3 title. The 22-year-old had already tested GP3 machinery with Russian Time at the end of last year. “I’m excited to have been given this opportunity to join Russian Time for their first foray into GP3, and it does feel a bit like coming home,” he said. “I share some very fond memories with this team, culminating in the ATS Formula 3 Cup title in 2012 – our most [...]

Visoiu stays with Arden for GP3

January 15th, 2014

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GP3 racewinner Robert Visoiu will stay with Arden for a third consecutive campaign in the series. The 17-year-old took two victories for the team last year, in reversed-grid races at Valencia and the Hungaroring, and ended the season 11th overall. He spent his first year in GP3 with Jenzer Motorsport, capturing a podium in his maiden race weekend at Barcelona. “I feel I’ve learned a lot during the previous year and now I am ready to step up to a more consistent evolution,” said Visoiu, who also claimed two podiums in Auto GP last season. “Arden plays a key role in my development and I am confident that with their help I will be able to reach my goals. “It will be the first time I get the chance to [...]

Lynn to Carlin GP3 team with Red Bull

December 18th, 2013

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Macau Grand Prix winner Alex Lynn will race as a Red Bull Junior in the 2014 GP3 Series with Carlin. The 20-year-old Briton, who was third in this year’s Formula 3 European Championship, had been widely expected to remain in F3 for a second season with Prema Powerteam. Lynn is managed by ex-Formula 1 driver and current Toyota sportscar ace Alexander Wurz and Monaco-based businessman and ex-club racer Myles Mordaunt. He said that the surprise move strengthens his chances of getting to F1. Macau GP report: Lynn takes victory “Red Bull take away a lot of the uncertainty,” he said. “Now I know that if I perform well, and win, I will get the chance of F1. That’s all a driver can ask for. I just want the opportunity. “It’s [...]

GP3 reveals expanded calendar

December 6th, 2013

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The GP3 Series calendar will increase to nine rounds for the 2014 season, organisers announced on Friday. Like GP2, the GP3 schedule will feature Russia and Austria as new venues. The standalone Valencia round drops out of the series, meaning all GP3 races are part of the Formula 1 support bill again. Barcelona will kick off the season on May 9, and Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina track will close it on November 23. GP3 teams will have three pre-season tests, starting at Estoril (27-28 March) and followed by Jerez (10-11 April) and at Barcelona (April 16-17). “GP3 is going into its fifth season of existence with three of its champions already racing in Formula 1,” said series boss Bruno Michel. “I am very pleased to announce that all of this [...]

Niederhauser ends GP3 test on top

November 7th, 2013

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Patric Niederhauser ended official post-season GP3 Series testing with the fastest time of the week at Yas Marina on Thursday. The 22-year-old Swiss, who was driving for MW Arden for the third and final day of the test, was second fastest during the morning session, but found over half a second in the afternoon to end the day with a 1m55.372s time. That marker, which was 0.185s quicker than ART’s Oliver Rowland, was also the fastest time of the entire test. Niederhauser, who finished 13th in this year’s GP3 points, had driven for Jenzer and ART on the previous two days and always featured in the top-three times. Rowland, who topped Wednesday’s running, was quickest during the morning, but ended up second, a spot ahead of fellow Briton, Dean Stoneman, [...]