Koiranen GP

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Koiranen GP
Motor racing team
Founded 1997
Country  Finland
Team Principal(s) Finland Marko Koiranen
Current series GP3 Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps
Former series Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia
Nordic Formula Three Masters
Drivers
Drivers' titles 2005 FR 2.0 Italia Winter Series (Mustonen)
2010 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (Korjus)
2011 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (Sainz, Jr.)
2012 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps (Kvyat)
2014 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps (de Vries)
2014 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (de Vries)
Teams' titles 2011 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
2011 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
2014 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps
2014 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0

Koiranen GP, also known as Koiranen bros. Motorsport is a Finnish auto racing team based in Barcelona, Spain. They currently compete in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Formula Renault 2.0 Alps and GP3 Series.[1]

History[edit]

Finnish Junior Formulas[edit]

The team was founded in 1997 by brothers Marko and Jari Koiranen. They joined the Finnish Formula 4 championship the same year, and also competed in Nordic and Finnish Formula Three championships until 2005.[2]

Formula Renault[edit]

2003 saw Koiranen Motorsport join the German Formula Renault Championship, before expanding their Formula Renault programme to include a Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 campaign.[2] They experienced their first real success when Valtteri Bottas finished third in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup in 2007.[3] The team won their first title in 2010, when Kevin Korjus won the Eurocup title.[4]

In 2011, Red Bull Junior Team started collaboration with the Finnish team. Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz, Jr. joined the team for Eurocup and NEC campaign. In Northern European Cup Sainz, Jr. achieved drivers' title and with help of Kvyat they both claimed teams' championship. They also claimed teams' trophy in Eurocup. Kvyat remained with the team for the next year and brought drivers' title in new Formula Renault 2.0 Alps series for the team .

In 2012, Koiranen Motorsport was one of eighteen teams to make a bid for one of the vacant grid positions in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, the highest tier of the Formula Renault championships.[5] The team was unsuccessful, losing out to DAMS and Arden Caterham, but were placed on a reserve list, granting them automatic entry to the grid in the event that any of the existing thirteen teams failed to be ready in time.[6]

GP3 Series[edit]

Koiranen GP replaced Ocean Racing Technology in the GP3 Series, starting in 2013.[1] Their drivers at the start of the season were Patrick Kujala and Aaro Vainio from Finland and Kevin Korjus from Estonia.[7] Vainio was replaced by former FIA F2-champion Dean Stoneman for the last two races of the 2013 season.[8] Koiranen GP finished their inaugural season with third place in the team's championship.

For their second season in the GP3 Series Koiranen changed their whole driver line-up. New drivers were Carmen Jordá from Spain, Jimmy Eriksson from Sweden and Santiago Urrutia from Uruguay.[9] Dean Stoneman was once again brought in mid-season after Marussia Manor Racing folded before the race weekend in Sochi. Stoneman replaced Jordá for the remaining four races of the season.[10] Koiranen GP placed 4th in the team's championship.

Complete series results[edit]

GP3 Series[edit]

(Key)

Year Chassis Engine No. Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 DP DC TP TC
2013 Dallara GP3/13 AER 3.4L ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
GBR
FEA
GBR
SPR
GER
FEA
GER
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
BEL
FEA
BEL
SPR
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
ABU
FEA
ABU
SPR
207 3rd
26 Finland Patrick Kujala Ret 16 21 15 Ret EX 13 13 14 11 13 20 10 12 8 19 5 20th
27 Finland Aaro Vainio 5 1 7 2 11 8 14 11 1 9 20 22 16 13 75 9th
United Kingdom Dean Stoneman 6 2 20 16th
28 Estonia Kevin Korjus 8 2 3 6 2 9 20 15 7 3 4 5 6 5 12 12 107 7th
2014 Dallara GP3/13 AER 3.4L ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
AUT
FEA
AUT
SPR
GBR
FEA
GBR
SPR
GER
FEA
GER
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
BEL
FEA
BEL
SPR
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
RUS
FEA
RUS
SPR
ABU
FEA
ABU
SPR
200 4th
7 Spain Carmen Jordá Ret Ret 20 21 24 17 Ret 22 25 25 17 Ret 20 21 0 29th
United Kingdom Dean Stoneman [nb 1] 1 2 1 Ret 163 2nd
8 Sweden Jimmy Eriksson 2 6 3 2 1 Ret 7 15 10 16 Ret 19 1 8 4 16 10 6 132 5th
9 Uruguay Santiago Urrutia 21 13 16 12 Ret 14 22 18 12 Ret 13 18 Ret 15 14 12 11 12 0 23rd

* Season in progress.

  1. ^ Dean Stoneman joined Koiranen GP for the last two weekends of 2014 season. At that point he had collected 95 points with Marussia Manor Racing which will not be added to Koiranen's team's championship points.

Timeline[edit]

Type 1990s 2000s 2010s
97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14
Formulas Finnish F4 Finnish F3 Nordic FR GP3 Series
FR2000 E EFR2.0 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0 Alps

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "GP3 Series announce line up for 2013-15". GP3Series.com (GP2 Series Limited). 1 October 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "RECENT RESULTS". Koiranen Motorsport. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2007". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2010". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "18 teams apply for 2012 season". renault-sport.com (Renault Sport). 10 October 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Thirteen teams selected for 2012". renault-sport.com (Renault Sport). 17 October 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Vainio, Korjus and Kujala complete Koiranen GP line-up". GP3 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 11 February 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dean Stoneman to reconquer single-seaters with Koiranen GP". GP3 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 18 October 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Spaniard Carmen Jorda signs with Koiranen GP". GP3 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Marussia Manor salta Sochi Stoneman da Koiranen, Kujala con Trident" [Marussia to miss Sochi, Stoneman in Koiranen, Kujala for Trident]. ItaliaRacing.net (in Italian) (Inpagina). 8 October 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 

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