Matt Parry will be sporting a fresh new livery on a brand new car as he bids for success in his second season in the GP3 Series.

The Briton remains with the Koiranen GP team after a debut campaign that yielded three trips to the podium in the hotly-contested F1 feeder series, but will have new team-mates as well as a different colour scheme as GP3 introduces the latest version of its ‘pocket rocket’ single-seater for 2016.

Having campaigned a blue-white-and-red livery, with a heavy accent on the blue, in his first year, Parry’s #14 machine was resplendent in a mainly white uniform during the three pre-season test sessions at Estoril, Valencia and Barcelona, with the logos of Sport Wales, Team UK, the BRDC and Muscle Up Apparel accompanying the blue and red accent colours.

The car itself is new for the coming season, as series organisers pensioned off the previous long-serving model in favour of the Dallara GP3/16. With revised aerodynamics optimised to facilitate overtaking, a Hewland six-gear longitudinal sequential gearbox and a bespoke Mecachrome six-cylinder 3.4-litre naturally-aspirated engine pushing out 400hp at 8000rpm, the Pirelli-shod machine is capable of a top speed of 301 km/h, reaching 100 km/h in just three seconds and 200 km/h in 7.7 seconds.

With teams now permitted to run four cars apiece, Parry will have a multi-national cohort under the Koiranen awning, with Mahaveer Raghunathan (India), Matevos Isaakyan (Russia) and Ralph Boschung (Switzerland) all joining the Barcelona-based squad for 2016.

The increased squad sizes mean greater opposition from the series’ leading outfits, but Parry has shown well in pre-season testing, consistently appearing in the top ten times and topping day two of the Valencia session as he made the most of a drying track at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

Now, it is back to the scene of the third and final pre-season warm-up as round one beckons at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. Parry was unlucky not to open his account on debut in the GP3 Series at the Spanish venue last season, and will be looking to make an immediate impact on the points table this time around.

Opening practice gets underway at 5.50pm local time on Friday, with qualifying at 9.45am on Saturday, ahead of race one, which brings the day to a close on 5.20pm. Race two then opens Sunday at 9.15am ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix. Sky Sports F1 will again carry live coverage of both qualifying and the races.


Article created by Craig Llewellyn.