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Jul 05

GP3: Sims on top in Nurburgring Free Practice

Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims fastest in Germany

GP3 - Alexander Sims (Status Grand Prix)British driver Alexander Sims (Status Grand Prix) topped the opening session of Round 4 of the GP3 Series on his return to GP3. Carlin’s Eric Lichtenstein and Marussia Manor Racing’s Dino Zamparelli were second and third.

The 27 drivers fed onto the Nurburgring circuit with warm temperatures and a dry track. Many of the drivers list Nurburgring as one of their favourite tracks to drive with a selection of them making their first appearance at this track and using the 45 minute session wisely to learn the challenges of the German circuit.

Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) was first to exit the pitlane, with the Spaniard topping the timesheets within the first 15 minutes. His teammate Daniil Kvyat and Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering) kept him on his toes, the trio regularly swapping positions for the head of the timings.

Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus was first to break into the 1m46’s with Melville McKee (Bamboo Engineering) into P2. Aaro Vainio ran wide over the kerbs which sent the Finn into a spin, though he was able to recover without damage. Williamson was again on the pace and flew into the 1m45’s with the majority of the pack pitting with 10 minutes left on the clock. Some drivers opted for new rubber with the Medium compound this weekend, whilst others used scrubbed tyres from the previous round.

The Scotsman re-enforced his position at the top of the timings, improving on his own lap but the times were to tumble in the final three minutes with Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix), Zamparelli and Lichtenstein all snatching P1. It was to be Sims’ day though as he set the fastest time as the chequered flag was waved. The Status Grand Prix driver has returned for a one-off round to replace Adderly Fong.

Sims claimed P1, ahead of Lichtenstein, Zamparelli, Harvey, Williamson, Nick Yelloly (Carlin), Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing), Carlin’s Luis Sa Silva and the Trident pair of David Fumanelli and Giovanni Venturini.

Qualifying takes place at 09.45 CET tomorrow morning and this will be vital with the Series reaching the midway point of the season as the title chase is on.

Free Practice
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Alexander Sims
Status Grand Prix
1:45.208
20
2.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:45.348
19
3.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:45.531
19
4.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:45.707
16
5.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
1:45.812
19
6.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:45.829
17
7.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:45.928
18
8.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:46.148
19
9.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:46.487
19
10.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:46.590
20
11.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:46.596
13
12.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:46.635
14
13.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:46.651
18
14.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:46.792
18
15.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:46.802
19
16.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:46.832
15
17.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:46.855
19
18.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:47.097
18
19.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:47.101
19
20.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:47.143
17
21.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:47.148
15
22.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:47.267
17
23.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:47.421
16
24.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:47.866
18
25.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:47.871
12
26.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:48.456
20
27.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:50.188
19
 

source: GP3 Series



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