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Sep 07

Evans sets early pace in Monza

MW Arden’s Mitch Evans and Matias Laine lead the way in Free Practice

GP3 SeriesGP3 - Mitch Evans (MW Arden) Free Practice - Monza 2012New Zealander Mitch Evans took first blood in the title fight which is set to rage this weekend at the final round of the 2012 GP3 Series in Monza, Italy. The MW Arden ace was quickest in Free Practice ahead of his teammate Matias Laine and Series rival Aaro Vainio.

Temperatures of 20 degrees greeted the GP3 paddock as the forty-five minute practice got underway with Dmitry Suranovich and Fabiano Machado first out to set installation laps. One of the four Italian drivers racing this weekend, Kevin Ceccon (Ocean Racing Technology) headed the way in the early part of the session whilst Tio Ellinas was an early stoppage after two laps when his Marussia Manor Racing car stopped at turn 2.

Carlin’s Alex Brundle shot into P1 and at one point it was a Carlin top three with Antonio Felix Da Costa and William Buller joining him in the top three times. Suranovich split the group by going second quickest, until Atech driver Tamas Pal Kiss briefly held the top position in the standings. It was not to end well for the Hungarian driver though after he and Fabiano Machado (Marussia Manor Racing) made contact approaching the Parabolica and the pair finished practice in the gravel trap.

Evans set the quickest time so far in the session by becoming the first driver to break into the 1.44’s barrier until Vaino grabbed P1 to displace the New Zealander. In the final minute of practice, Evans reclaimed his position at the top of the standings and was joined by teammate Laine, the Finn edging out his fellow compatriot Vainio. David Fumanelli posted the fourth fastest time ahead of Daniel Abt, Suranovich, Pal-Kiss and Giovanni Venturini.

Qualifying takes place at 09.00 CET tomorrow morning.

Practice – Monza
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Mitch Evans
MW Arden
1:44.477
16
2.
Matias Laine
MW Arden
1:44.520
13
3.
Aaro Vainio
Lotus GP
1:44.621
9
4.
David Fumanelli
MW Arden
1:44.750
18
5.
Daniel Abt
Lotus GP
1:44.989
12
6.
Dmitry Suranovich
Marussia Manor Racing
1:45.098
19
7.
Tamas Pal Kiss
Atech CRS GP
1:45.163
10
8.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident Racing
1:45.445
18
9.
William Buller
Carlin
1:45.475
18
10.
Robert Visoiu
Jenzer Motorsport
1:45.555
16
11.
Conor Daly
Lotus GP
1:45.654
9
12.
Alice Powell
Status Grand Prix
1:45.657
18
13.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:45.684
20
14.
Marlon Stockinger
Status Grand Prix
1:45.695
14
15.
Antonio Felix Da Costa
Carlin
1:45.778
16
16.
Kevin Ceccon
Ocean Racing Technology
1:45.825
17
17.
Lewis Williamson
Status Grand Prix
1:46.026
17
18.
Alex Brundle
Carlin
1:46.445
15
19.
Ethan Ringel
Atech CRS GP
1:46.472
20
20.
Fabiano Machado
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.940
12
21.
Vicky Piria
Trident Racing
1:46.962
14
22.
John Wartique
Atech CRS GP
1:46.963
19
23.
Carmen Jorda
Ocean Racing Technology
1:48.610
20
24.
Robert Cregan
Ocean Racing Technology
1:51.803
8
25.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:55.083
2

source: GP3 Series