More podium joy for Matt in Hungary GP3!

 

Matt Parry GP3Having taken his maiden GP3 podium in his home race at Silverstone earlier this month, Matt Parry showed his desire for more by returning to the top three in round four of the championship at the Hungaroring.  Buoyed by his British performance – which netted a maiden series podium in Saturday’s feature race and fifth in Sunday’s sprint – Parry arrived in Hungary confident that his racecraft was a match for anyone in the field. With prior knowledge of the tricky Budapest venue from his time in Formula Renault, he was optimistic of another strong showing, especially with the Koiranen GP team in good form over the opening third of the season. Practice, however, showed not only how close the GP3 Series can be, but also how thin the line is between success and disappointment, as Parry, despite some early pace, was limited to just 13 laps by an engine problem and left down in 20th on the timesheets.

Overnight repairs allowed him to join the early morning qualifying session on Saturday and, despite his lack of track time in practice, the Welshman immediately showed what he was capable of by vaulting to the top of the times. He remained in the hunt for a top six position throughout the 30 minutes, but was unable to take full advantage of an extra set of tyres and had to settle for the outside of row three ahead of race one later in the day.

“Silverstone gave me a major boost, and showed just what I can do at this level,” Parry said, “It was good confirmation after last season’s frustration and, with the Hungaroring being a similar challenge to Silverstone despite their different appearance, it allowed me to come here in confident mood. Practice was disappointing after a coil failed in the engine, but the team sorted the problem overnight and allowed me to qualify as normal. It’s just a pity that I couldn’t get everything out of the spare set of tyres that I had, as finding another couple of tenths would have put me third on the grid…”  With no respite in the Hungarian heat and humidity ahead of the late afternoon start, 40 minutes of racing would test Parry’s physical preparation as well as his car, but the Sport Wales ambassador showed no signs of fatigue as he produced a battling performance in search of the top three.

Having got the better of veteran Koiranen team-mate Jimmy Eriksson off the line, the Welsman settled into fifth place through the opening laps, before closing in and putting pressure on Arden’s Emil Bernstorff. Despite appearing to have better pace than his fellow Briton, however, Parry was unable to find a clear opportunity to complete a move, and remained fifth to the chequered flag, crossing the line just four-tenths shy of third place as the chasing group bunched up in the final laps.

“I made a decent start and was able to get the better of Jimmy into turn one but, after that, it was something of a procession – albeit an exciting one,” Parry confirmed, “Just as at Silverstone, I was right behind Bernstorff for much of the race but, again, there just wasn’t a clear opportunity to pass him. I didn’t want to risk anything, but we were all so close crossing the line, I know that a podium would have been possible.”

Under GP3’s reverse grid policy, fifth place in race one meant that Parry would line up fourth on the grid for race two early on Sunday morning but, this time, there would be no gaining of places off the line, with the 21-year old initially going backwards as Saturday’s top three all came past into turn one.  His position was improved midway around the lap as Bernstorff was taken out by Antonio Fuoco, but Parry helped himself to fourth by pulling off one of the overtaking moves of the season, going around the outside of race one winner and championship leader Luca Ghiotto at turn one. Having fended off the Italian’s riposte through the following left-hander, Parry made good his escape, closing rapidly on Eriksson for the final podium position. Again, as in Silverstone’s second race, the pair ran nose-to-tail, with the Swede prevailing despite telling his rookie team-mate that he had never known anyone able to run as fast in ‘dirty air’.

Parry’s dogged pursuit would ultimately pay dividends, however, as Eriksson, having enjoyed the podium ceremony, was later penalised for exceeding track limits in his defence, promoting the Briton to third place.

“If there is one area where I need to improve, it is my starts,” Parry conceded, “There are two ways of getting the car off the line and I’m still playing it safe while the more experienced drivers are taking the riskier option and making the most of it. Despite dropping back, I was handed a couple of places back by the accident and, once the safety car went in, I was able to get around the outside of Ghiotto at the end of the main straight. He made it difficult for me, but it was a very satisfying move!

“I was able to catch up to Jimmy but didn’t want to make a silly move on a team-mate, even if the podium was at stake. It’s a shame for him that he picked up the penalty, but I think I deserved a top three position this weekend and will happily take the points.” With both Seb Morris and Jan Mardenborough failing to score, Matt is now the leading Welsh points scorer!

Round five of the 2015 GP3 Series season takes place at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium over the weekend of 21-23 August.

 

Current points 2015 GP3 Championship
1st Luca  Ghiotto (Italy)   121 Points

7th Matt Parry  43 pts
9th Jann  Mardenborough 32 pts
13th Seb Morris  6 pts

 

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 Welsh drivers hungry for points head to Hungary!

Welsh drivers hungry for points head to Hungary!


Matt Parry GP3Matt Parry, Jan Mardenborgh and Seb Morris are in Hungary this weekend for the latest races in the 2015 GP3 season, with each of them looking to add to their points tally.

Matt & Seb both picked up their first points of the year in Austria. Matt then followed up with a 3rd place in Race 1 at Silverstone and 5th place in race 2, although neither Jann or Seb managed to score any points. @Mattparryracing did a Twitter Q & A session earlier, here is a summary of the best answers! https://storify.com/gp3_official/twitter-q-a-from-budapest

Meanwhile Seb Morris is hoping to build on a competitive outing on home ground at Silverstone a fortnight ago, where he produced his most promising qualifying run of the year and only just missed out on adding to his points tally, after piccking up an unfortunate track limits penalty.  Seb is however determined to make continued progress a few days from now.

Qualifying is likely to be the most important factor in Hungary, a circuit which is notoriously challenging where overtaking is concerned. With passing opportunities seriously limited, Seb says the ability to put the perfect lap together in the grid-determining session will be paramount. “Hungaroring is a track which should be good for hooking a lap up in qualifying, but it’s very aero dependent so racing will be difficult and overtaking a real challenge”, commented Seb, “That only emphasises what I need to do in qualifying, it’s going to be so important to nail that lap time to make sure we’re as high up the grid as we can be for race one.’

Currently Jann is 7th in the points standings with 32 points, Matt is now 9th with 23 pts and Morris is 13th with 6 points. The series is led by Luca Ghiotto from Italy with 82 points.

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Guide to GP3

 

Young drivers & WRDA members Ben Hingley & Cameron Davies make their mark by Rob Allender

Young drivers & WRDA members Ben Hingley & Cameron Davies make their mark by Rob Allender

Ben Hingley

WRDA member Ben Hingley is currently 3rd in Formula Jedi after 6 races of the 14 race series having won 3 of the races and had other podium places and with 30 points for a race win, he is well in touch with championship leader!

Formula Jedi – Championship Class 1st Lee Morgan – 135 points  2nd Michael Watton  –  122 pts 3rd  Ben Hingeley  –   120 pts

http://www.formulajedi.com/news/164-morgan-and-hingeley-on-top-at-snetterton  http://www.formulajedi.com/  http://www.benhingeley.com/Pages/default.aspx

 

Cameron Davies, Cameron Davieswho started out in rallying, is racing in the Sports 2000 championship driver with the Welsh SVG Racing Team in an MRC car which is made in by WRDA member Clive Hayes in St Davids, and was leading the drivers points table of the UK Sports 2000 Championships after scoring 2 podium places at Donington Park.

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Both Ben & Cameron are supported by The Sport Wales Elite Cymru scheme which the WRDA worked with the Welsh Association of Motor Clubs and the Sports Council of Wales to set up the motorsport side of the scheme!

Podium joy for Matt at Silverstone!

MATT MAKES THE PODIUM AT SILVERSTONE!

Matt Parry helmet shot

Matt Parry’s increasingly rapid rise through the GP3 ranks continued apace at his home event at the weekend, as Matt from Cardiff claimed his first series podium in only his fifth outing with the Koiranen GP team.

After coming close to opening his points account on debut in Barcelona, Parry racked up a seventh-place finish last time out in Austria, but arrived at Silverstone confident that both he and the team knew how to approach the former airfield circuit. The Welshman’s last outing on the hallowed tarmac had come at the wheel of an F1 McLaren at the end of 2014, while Koiranen won at the British Grand Prix meeting twelve months ago, putting Parry’s current team-mate, and GP3 veteran, Jimmy Eriksson on the top step.

Confident that he could quickly home in on the best set-up, Parry produced the fourth-fastest time, setting himself up for a strong run in Saturday’s early morning qualifying session. Unfortunately, the combination of overnight rain and other classes sharing the circuit over the weekend meant that the track characteristics changed completely by time the GP3 boys were back in action but, despite a belated start to his session, Parry was soon back in the groove, posting successive times good enough for second place before eventually having to settle for fourth on the grid.

“It was good to be fourth fastest in practice, but I was still nine-tenths off the best time,” Parry commented, “It’s so easy to lose tenths here and there around a long lap like Silverstone, so we went through the data to see where I was missing out and, after scrubbing in a set of tyres early in qualifying, I put in a series of laps good enough to keep myself in the top four, but with a much reduced two-tenths margin to the pole time.”

With Pirelli providing its hardest tyre for the weekend, making the rubber last in the 40-minute Saturday evening race would not be as big a problem as in earlier rounds, and Parry put himself straight into a position to challenge for the podium by passing fellow second row starter Alex Palou as the lights went out. As the top three began to break away from the group behind, Parry began to put pressure on second-placed Emil Bernstorff but, having been denied a chance to pass, opted to concentrate on preserving his tyre through the middle of the race. Comfortably clear of the chasing pack, the Sport Wales ambassador was able to watch with interest as the top two battle over first place before joining them on the podium.

“I made a good start and was straight into third place as Palou was slow away,” Parry confirmed, “I tried to push Bernstorff into a mistake early on before stabilising my pace midway through the race to ensure there would be no problems with the tyres in the closing stages. I then watched with interest as the top two came close to running into each other – which would have been the perfect finish – but I was delighted with third place, especially after a tough couple of rounds in Spain and Austria.” (Photo Matt shows his Welsh roots by drinking the champers. not just spraying it)

Third in race one translates to sixth on the grid for race two and, again, an aggressive Parry was able to make up places early on. Passing race one winner Marvin Kirchhofer, championship leader Luca Ghiotto and Bernstorff in the space of a couple of laps promoted the 21-year old into fifth place, where he once again found himself running in tandem with Koiranen team-mate Eriksson.

“I thought I had made a good start, but it seems others made even better ones,” Parry smiled, “Despite dropping back briefly, however, I was still able to pass cars comfortably, and I was able to retake Ghiotto at Luffield before going to the inside of Kirchhofer at the Loop next time around. Bernstoff made it easier for me by running off the road while trying to pass my team-mate, so I was quickly up to fifth. Jimmy was tougher to pass, but I know that I had the pace to challenge for another podium had I been able to get by him. I took a couple of looks into Copse, but it’s hard to pass there and I couldn’t try anything too risky. Nevertheless, fifth place meant more solid points and a move up the championship table. I said after Austria that I just needed a clean weekend to show what I could do, so it has been very positive – and very satisfying.”

Round four of the 2015 GP3 Series season takes place at the Hungaroring in Budapest over the weekend of 24-26 July, but there will be several chances to relive Parry’s Silverstone performance, with his podium run in race one being re-run on Sky Sports F1 on Tuesday 7 July at 7.30pm and Sunday 11 July at 9.00am. Race two re-airs on Wednesday 8 July at 5.00pm and Sunday 11th July at 10.00am.

DASH2 PRO – New Features for 2015

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DASH2 PRO – New Features for 2015

The DASH2 PRO display has been updated for 2015 to add new powerful features.

The Automatic Lap Timing makes setting up lap/sector markers for each circuit automatic. Simply start logging and the DASH2 PRO will select the correct track for your GPS location from its internal database.

Automatic Lap Timing*
The automatic lap timing feature is designed to ensure lap timing is available whenever the DASH2 PRO is logging data. The DASH2 PRO has a built-in database of around 300 worldwide circuits. When driving one of these circuits the unit automatically selects the correct marker file to give lap and sector times for the track.
* Lap timing requires GPS data logging enhancement
Automatic markers: If no lap file is already available for the current circuit then the DASH2 PRO will create one automatically, adding sector markers until a marker is passed again (creating a lap marker). Markers are automatically added onto the circuit’s straights, these are calculated using the GPS and accelerometer data.Lap timing can also be manually setup, by making .lap files in the Analysis software or by adding markers from an assigned button press.For an explanation of how the automatic lap timing works please visit here.

DASH2 PRO Enhancement Options:
A range of enhancement options are available for the DASH2 PRO, to specify a complete system tailored to your requirements. Complete data logging with GPS and integrated accelerometers; access vehicle sensor data via the CAN bus or ECU; and control external systems with the output drivers or PWM outputs.

For more detailed information on the DASH2 PRO display please visit our website here

WELSHMAN MORRIS AIMING FOR MORE POINTS

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Seb aiming for more points     by Rob Allender

Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit plays host to rounds five and six of the GP3 Series this coming weekend, 4th/5th July, where Welshman Seb Morris is determined to build on the superb top five performance he delivered during the previous event in Austria just over a week ago.

Securing his first points in the prestigious FIA Formula One World Championship support category during round four, thanks to an exceptional drive through the order from 19th on the grid to fifth, the MSA Team UK and FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy racer is determined to use the performance as a springboard to greater success with Status Grand Prix on home soil at Silverstone.

Rocketing up the championship table into 11th position last time out, the Marford 19-year-old is in buoyant mood ahead of Silverstone and is relishing the prospect of competing on ‘home’ soil again at a venue where he has enjoyed great success in the past.

Winning on the Grand Prix track last year in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC), in 2013 Seb took an excellent podium hat-trick at the Northamptonshire venue in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship. During his debut season in single-seaters a year earlier, he was a double winner in Formula Renault BARC on Silverstone’s shorter National Circuit.

“It’s going to be enjoyable being back at Silverstone, it’s obviously my home race and the home race for the team as well so, hopefully, it’ll be a good weekend”, said the Serge DeNimes and Oxford Vaughan ambassador, “I know how fast I can be at Silverstone, I’ve won there several times over the years and knowing the track will be a little bit of an advantage.

“Red Bull Ring was a big step forward in race two, we still need to make improvements for qualifying but hopefully we can keep progressing and have an even stronger weekend at Silverstone. I’m really looking forward to being back there – it’ll be great racing in front of the British fans again.”

Morris invited to remain part of Sport Wales programme
Ahead of the latest GP3 race weekend, Seb has received a timely boost with the news Sport Wales has invited him to remain part of the prestigious Welsh Assembly Government-backed initiative for a second consecutive year.

Sport Wales, which is supported with National Lottery funding, was inaugurated in 1997 and works to champion the very best young sporting talent across a wide variety of disciplines, developing and promoting both elite and grassroots sport.

“I feel very honoured to have been invited by Sport Wales to be part of the programme for a second year”, said Seb, “As everyone knows, I’m very proud of my Welsh heritage and it’s fantastic to be able to fly the flag on behalf of Sport Wales on the international stage in GP3.”

Practice at Silverstone will take place at 17.50 this coming Friday, 3rd July, with qualifying following at 08.45 on Saturday, 4th July, and race one of the weekend – round five – beginning at 16.20.

On Sunday, 5th July, round six will get underway at 08.10 on the morning of the British Grand Prix and coverage of both GP3 races will be screened live on the Sky Sports F1 channel.

2015 GP3 Series Driver Standings (after Rd4):
11th Seb Morris, 6pts

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