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GP2: McLaren protégé Stoffel Vandoorne dominates day 3 of testing

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McLaren F1 protégé Stoffel Vandoorne emerged quickest of post-season testing of the GP2 series at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

The final day of post season testing took place Thursday at Yas Marina Circuit with a slightly changed field, some drivers who have been testing on the previous days moving to new teams whilst new drivers joined the action.

Stoffel Vandoorne, DAMS GP2
Stoffel Vandoorne, DAMS (Photo: GP2 series)

The pit lane opened this morning and all twenty six cars fed onto the track.

Stoffel Vandoorne who switched to DAMS today set the early pace, and the final hour, he set a string of flyers with the best one a 1m48.657 – the best lap time of all three days of testing.

In the dying minutes of the session, Italian Giovanni Venturini found some clean air to move up into second place.

Yesterday’s pace setter Rio Haryanto (Trident Racing) ranked third in front of new Euro Formula 3 champion Raffaele Marciello (Racing Engineering), Daniel Abt (Hilmer), Tio Ellinas (MP Motorsport), Johnny Cecotto, Facu Regalia, Stephane Richelmi and Jordan King (Addax).

That’s a wrap to the 2013 GP2 Series season. The paddock will gather early in 2014 for the pre-season testing (dates and venues to be announced shortly).