FIA GP3 - Daly Completes Solid Test in Hungary
Noblesville, June 4, 2011: MAZDASPEED driver Conor Daly, second-generation formula car racer, put the wraps on an excellent 2 days of GP3 Series testing at the famed Hungaroring track located outside of Budapest, Hungary. Most drivers set their best times in the morning of the second day as the afternoon session was cut short due to the onset of rain. Daly had a good test program in place and was the fastest of the Carlin cars going seventh quickest overall for the two days. In the final charts the 19-year-old was only a half second off the ultimate pace set over the two days. Daly flew straight to Budapest, Hungary from the Indy 500 on Sunday night as he took in the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 and was on hand to cheer on his fellow Firestone Indy Lights drivers.
“This was a productive test for me and the fastest I’ve been relative to everyone else. I have a great team who are patiently walking me through the learning curve of understanding GP3 cars,” comments Daly from his new home in North London, England. “We were much more competitive almost immediately in Hungary. I am very much looking forward to the next test in Valencia. These are well timed tests for me after the struggle of the first four races."
With little time to relax, the Carlin Team will be back in testing action in Valencia, Spain on June 16th and 17th. The two-day official series testing will be followed by the European Grand Prix taking place from June 24 to 26. The Valencia street circuit will be the first time for Daly on a street circuit in the GP3 Series. Daly was strong on the streets in the Grand Prix of Long Beach taking his maiden Firestone Indy Lights win and the points lead before heading to Europe. The reigning Star Mazda Champion will look to use the experience as he heads into rounds five and six of the GP3 Series.