MW Arden's Mitch Evans quickest on day two at SilverstoneThe final pre-season test concluded in Silverstone today before the GP3Series heads to Barcelona next month to kick start the 2012 season. Thesession got underway under dark clouds on a chilly morning at a slipperycircuit which was declared wet at the start of the test. Maxim Zimin steppedinto the Jenzer Motorsport and was fastest for the first hour until TioEllinas in his Marussia Manor Racing car took control of the timesheets. Themorning test was eventful: five red flags occurred with several driversgetting caught out in the tricky conditions.Antonio Felix Da Costa went top as the times continued to improve on adrying track as the drivers switched from wet tyres to slicks. Aaro Vainiothen shot to P1 as the session was red flagged when Kotaro Sakurai spun offinto the gravel. Ocean Racing Technology's Robert Cregan suffered atechnical issue when he was forced to stop on the circuit, giving apremature end to his morning test.
The position at the top of the timings then changed numerous times beforeFelix Da Costa regained his place back at the head of the standings. ConorDaly and Ellinas jumped up to P2 and P3 ahead of William Buller who wasconfirmed as driving for Carlin for 2012 this morning. David Fumanelli,Marlon Stockinger, Vainio, Daniel Abt, Matias Laine and Kevin Cecconcompleted the top ten.Following the one hour lunch break, it was the fastest man from day one,Mitch Evans who set the early pace in the afternoon. The New Zealanderquickly improved on his best time from yesterday by a tenth of a secondsetting a lap of 1'50.150. Buller then made a trip into the gravel, thuscausing a halt to proceedings. As the rest of the drivers concentrated onlong runs and some pitstop practice, Laine had a quick, therefore a red flagarose. Within the final forty-five minutes, the rain began to lightly fall,as the session came to a close with Evans heading the pack again. RobertVisiou was a late addition to the top ten and went P2 in the dying stagesahead of Vainio, Fumanelli, Abt, Ellinas, Stockinger, Daly, Laine and AlexBrundle.GP3 Series is next on track when the 2012 campaign begins at the Circuit deCatalunya in Barcelona on 11-13 May.