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RTF1: ANTARA™ Pre-Season Testing Championships - Full Results by Mathias Olaf Uncertain
19th Apr 2013
I really don't know why we bother™
I really don't know why we bother™
The Analysis of Testing in Advance of Racing Association (ANTARA™) is pleased to announce that it is now in possession of all* the results of the Pre-Season Testing Championships for the 2013 pre-season.

ANTARA™ have, of course, previously announced a number of 2013 Pre-Season Testing Champions.

In mid-March we learned that Who Is Hamilton? just about pipped team-mate Nicky Iceberg to the F1 Pre-Season Testing title on a technicality, and that the duo's MoreHades team therefore took the constructor's title. Three races into the F1 post-pre-season season, naturally, pre-season champion Hamilton is in an impressive fourth place, while his team-mate has only finished one race. The championship proper, meanwhile, is being led by some German bloke who barely troubled the pre-season scorers. Ho hum.

A few days later it was announced that Lamborghini Gallardo had convincingly secured the GP2 pre-season title. By a strange coincidence we now learn that after three races, he too is in fourth place in the actual championship, but at least the GP2 table is headed by pre-season vice-champion Stefano Confetti.

In early April we cheerfully reported Wibbler's domination of the F3 European pre-season testing championship, and are now rewarded with the news that Will is lying seventh in the championship proper, and that testing vice-runner-up Rifiuti Mercato is topping that particular table at the moment.

But now, ANTARA™ is proud to announce that the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 (aka World Series) Pre-Season Testing Championship has been won by Antonio Felix the Cat, who narrowly beat Stoffler Valance-Diffuser by a fifth win. Most excitingly for ANTARA™, after two races (at Monza), the top three finishers pre-seasonwise, Murray, make up the top three in the actual series (albeit in a different order), the thrid driver (or second, depending on how you look at these things) being Magnus Magnussen.

The GP3 pre-season title has also been decided, with To Ellinahandbasket taking the crown. Ellinhandbasket took victory thanks to one extra second place over Freddie Prinze Jr, and we shall have to wait until mid-May before we begin to see exactly how irrelevant that result will be for the actual championship.

Formula Renault 3.5 Pre-Season Testing Championship: FINAL STANDINGS
1 Antonio da Costa 40.531
2 Stoffel Vandoorne 40.430
3 Kevin Magnussen 38.231
4 Will Stevens 32.101
5 Marco Sorensen 32.012
6 Nico Muller 28.010
7 Daniil Move 23.002
8 Oliver Webb 22.010
9 Norman Nato 22.000
10 Sam Bird 21.001B

GP3 Pre-Season Testing Championship: FINAL STANDINGS
1 Tio Ellinas 39.323
2 Carlos Sainz Jr 39.311
3 David Fumanelli 36.202
4 Daniil Kvyat 34.030
5 Kevin Korjus 32.110
6 Conor Daly 32.101
7 Facu Regalia 32.030
8 Alex Fontana 32.012F
9 Jack Harvey 32.012H
10 Nick Cassidy 31.101

* Well, all they could be bothered with, anyway.

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