Conor Daly Paul Ricard test, day 1 report

Productive first day testing GP3 for Daly in France

Derek Daly and son Conor Daly
Derek Daly and son Conor Daly

Eric Gilbert

In what can only be described as wintery conditions at Circuit Paul Ricard in Southern France, Conor Daly had a very productive first day of testing for Carlin in the 2011 GP3 season. On wet tires in the morning session he was third fastest just before a change to slick dry tires in the last fifteen minutes before the lunch break. In his first run of the season on slick tires he was eleventh fastest.

After lunch he posted the sixth fastest time on slick dry tires before the rains came again. The rest of the afternoon was run in a mix of wet and very wet conditions. "It was a frustrating and satisfying day all rolled into one", said Conor. "Both dry tire runs were like qualifying sessions with just five quick burst laps and they were my first laps of the year on dry tires. It was hard to know how hard to push on a track that I have never been to before, but all in all, it was a very good day".

There are 30 drivers at the test from eighteen different countries. After day two tomorrow Conor will fly to Florida for his first Indy Lights test of the season with Sam Schmidt Motorsports in Sebring, Florida, March 8th.

-source: conor daly

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Series GP3
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Derek Daly , Eric Gilbert , Conor Daly
Teams Carlin
Tags TEST, conor daly, gp3, paul ricard