Koiranen GP

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Finland Koiranen GP
Koiranen GP.png
Founded 1997
Founder(s) Marko Koiranen, Jari Koiranen
Base Barcelona, Spain
Team principal(s) Afa Heikkinen
Current series SMP F4 Championship
Former series GP3 Series
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia
Nordic Formula Three Masters
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Teams'
Championships
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0:
2011, 2014
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC:
2011
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps:
2014, 2015
Drivers'
Championships
Italian Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series:
2005: Atte Mustonen
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0:
2010: Kevin Korjus
2014: Nyck de Vries
2015: Jack Aitken
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC:
2011: Carlos Sainz Jr.
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps:
2012: Daniil Kvyat
2014: Nyck de Vries
2015: Jack Aitken
SMP F4 Championship:
2015: Niko Kari
Website http://koiranengp.com/

Koiranen GP, also known as Koiranen bros. Motorsport, is a Finnish auto racing team based in Barcelona, Spain. The team currently acts as a promoter of the SMP F4 Championship, Spanish Formula 4 Championship and Formula Academy Finland.

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.[1]

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.[1] They experienced their first real success when Valtteri Bottas finished third in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup in 2007.[2] The team won their first title in 2010, when Kevin Korjus won the Eurocup title.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

2015 was the team's last season with Formula Renault. From 2016 onwards Koiranen will focus on GP3 and running two F4 series.[6]

GP3 Series[edit]

Koiranen GP replaced Ocean Racing Technology in the GP3 Series, starting in 2013.[7] Their drivers at the start of the season were Patrick Kujala and Aaro Vainio from Finland and Kevin Korjus from Estonia.[8] Vainio was replaced by former FIA F2-champion Dean Stoneman for the last two races of the 2013 season.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] Koiranen GP placed 4th in the team's championship.

Koiranen retained Eriksson for the 2015 season and paired him with Adderly Fong and Formula Renault graduate Matt Parry. Koiranen brought in Russian Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup driver Matevos Isaakyan to replace Fong for last four races of the season.[12] Koiranen repeated last season's results finishing fourth in the teams championship.

Koiranen retained Parry[13] and Isaakyan [6] for the 2016 season. They were teamed up with Mahaveer Raghunathan [14] and Ralph Boschung.[15] Boschung and Parry claimed victories for the team in the rounds at the Red Bull Ring and the Hungaroring respectively and the team finished fifth in the teams' championship.

In 2017, the team withdrew from the sport.

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
2015 Dallara GP3/13 AER 3.4L ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
AUT
FEA
AUT
SPR
GBR
FEA
GBR
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
BEL
FEA
BEL
SPR
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
RUS
FEA
RUS
SPR
BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
ABU
FEA
ABU
SPR
195 4th
10 Hong Kong Adderly Fong 17 21 17 12 12 14 15 11 15 9 15 18 0 22nd
Russia Matevos Isaakyan Ret 14 9 14 2 21st
11 Sweden Jimmy Eriksson 6 2 20 10 5 4 6 6 13 16 5 5 8 1 5 7 3 5 118 5th
12 United Kingdom Matt Parry 13 9 13 7 3 5 5 3 Ret Ret DSQ Ret 7 Ret 11 3 6 24 67 8th
2016 Dallara GP3/16 AER 3.4L ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
AUT
FEA
AUT
SPR
GBR
FEA
GBR
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
GER
FEA
GER
SPR
BEL
FEA
BEL
SPR
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
MAL
FEA
MAL
SPR
ABU
FEA
ABU
SPR
147 5th
14 United Kingdom Matt Parry 12 20 6 7 4 16 1 5 3 7 Ret Ret 9 17 9 4 Ret 12 82 9th
15 India Mahaveer Raghunathan 23 24 0 27th
16 Russia Matevos Isaakyan 11 6 Ret Ret 21 18 12 8 Ret 13 8 4 Ret Ret 15 14 Ret 16 17 17th
17 Switzerland Ralph Boschung 10 10 4 1 6 12 5 22 15 Ret 18 9 48 11th
Finland Niko Kari Ret 14 0 26th

* Season still 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 were not added to Koiranen's team's championship points.

Timeline[edit]

Current series
SMP F4 Championship 2015-present
Former series
Finnish Formula 4 Championship 1997–1998
Finnish Formula 3 Championship 1999–2007
Nordic Formula Renault 2009–2010
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 2004, 2006, 2010-2015
Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup 2006–2011, 2015
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps 2012–2015
GP3 Series 2013–2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "RECENT RESULTS". Koiranen Motorsport. Archived from the original on 27 October 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2007". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2010". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "18 teams apply for 2012 season". renault-sport.com. Renault Sport. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2012. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Thirteen teams selected for 2012". renault-sport.com. Renault Sport. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2012. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b http://koiranengp.com/news-posts/koiranen-gps-2016-program
  7. ^ "GP3 Series announce line up for 2013-15". GP3Series.com. GP2 Series Limited. 1 October 2012. Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Vainio, Korjus and Kujala complete Koiranen GP line-up". GP3 Series. GP2 Motorsport Limited. 11 February 2013. Archived from the original on 27 February 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Dean Stoneman to reconquer single-seaters with Koiranen GP". GP3 Series. GP2 Motorsport Limited. 18 October 2013. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Spaniard Carmen Jorda signs with Koiranen GP". GP3 Series. GP2 Motorsport Limited. 17 April 2014. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "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. Archived from the original on 13 October 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "2015 GP3 Series Round 8: Sakhir, Bahrain". gp3series.com. 17 November 2015. 
  13. ^ http://www.paddockscout.com/matt-parry-sticks-with-koiranen-for-2016-gp3-season/32589
  14. ^ "Koiranen GP sign Mahaveer Raghunathan". gp3series.com. 16 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Boschung completes Koiranen GP line-up". gp3series.com. 22 March 2016. 

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
none
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Teams' Champion
2011
Succeeded by
Fortec Motorsports
Preceded by
Tech 1 Racing
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Teams' Champion
2011
Succeeded by
Josef Kaufmann Racing
Preceded by
Tech 1 Racing
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Teams' Champion
2014
Succeeded by
Josef Kaufmann Racing
Preceded by
Prema Powerteam
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps Teams' Champion
2014-2015
Succeeded by
none