GP3 – Sims Dominates Rain Soaked Practice

July 9, 2011

GP 3

Alexander Sims keeps the British flags flying after topping the second GP3 practice session in Silverstone
 
The Status Grand Prix driver’s best lap of 2:11.573 was nearly one second quicker than fellow Brit Lewis Williamson, in a rain socked practice at Silverstone Circuit, which saw the young drivers battle with difficult conditions throughout.  
 
A torrential downpour during the earlier GP2 qualifying session ensured all the drivers headed out onto the track equipped with Pirelli P Zero wet weather tyres, and it was MW Arden’s Mitch Evans who was first out the pits. Despite the rain having eased off, the drivers were still having to deal with tricky conditions which saw numerous spinning cars, but MW Arden’s Williamson and Sims managed to find enough grip to plant themselves at the top of the timesheet early on, together with this morning’s quickest man Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and his Marussia Manor Racing teammate Rio Haryanto
 
Ten minutes in and Jenzer Motorsport’s Maxim Zimin found himself the quickest man on track, but unfortunately for the Russian he followed it with a spin at Abbey, ending his session early. Williamson then took mantle midway through the session, when conditions had cleared enough to push, but then along came Sims – the Status driver put together the perfect laps in what were still difficult conditions and went 0.930 seconds quicker than the MW Arden driver.
 
The final minutes of the session saw the rain begin to fall yet again, and Sims’ time remained out of reach. Williamson held on to his second place spot ahead of Daniel Morad, Valtteri Bottas, Rio Haryanto, Vittorio Ghirelli, Nico Muller, Quaife-Hobbs, Zoel Amberg and Nigel Melker.
 
Next up for GP3 Series is qualifying tomorrow morning at 08:45 local time.
 
Practice 2 times:
 
POS
NO
DRIVER
NAT
TEAM
TIME
LAPS
GAP
1
4
A. SIMS
GBR
Status Grand Prix
2:11.573
13
 
2
28
L. WILLIAMSON
GBR
MW Arden
2:12.503
12
0.930
3
15
D. MORAD
CAN
Carlin
2:12.519
13
0.946
4
2
V. BOTTAS
FIN
Lotus ART
2:12.581
12
1.008
5
11
R. HARYANTO
INA
Marussia Manor Racing
2:12.622
12
1.049
6
9
V. GHIRELLI
ITA
Jenzer Motorsport
2:12.785
13
1.212
7
7
N. MULLER
SUI
Jenzer Motorsport
2:12.952
13
1.379
8
10
A. QUAIFE-HOBBS
GBR
Marussia Manor Racing
2:13.209
12
1.636
9
22
Z. AMBERG
SUI
Atech CRS GP
2:13.282
11
1.709
10
31
N. MELKER
NED
RSC Mucke Motorsport
2:13.337
12
1.764
11
14
C. DALY
USA
Carlin
2:13.376
14
1.803
12
8
M. ZIMIN
RUS
Jenzer Motorsport
2:13.453
4
1.880
13
20
M. STOCKINGER
PHI
Atech CRS GP
2:13.480
13
1.907
14
26
M. EVANS
NZL
MW Arden
2:13.571
12
1.998
15
23
T. DILLMANN
FRA
Addax Team
2:13.619
9
2.046
16
1
P. NUNES
BRA
Lotus ART
2:13.627
12
2.054
17
5
FELIX DA COSTA
POR
Status Grand Prix
1:13.824
13
2.251
18
17
A. VAINIO
FIN
Tech 1 Racing
2:13.854
12
2.281
19
16
L. CORDEIRO
BRA
Carlin
2:14.336
9
2.763
20
19
T. PAL KISS
HUN
Tech 1 Racing
2:14.494
11
2.921
21
27
S. TRUMMER
SUI
MW Arden
2:14.639
12
3.066
22
6
I. LUKASHEVICH
RUS
Status Grand Prix
2:14.794
13
3.221
23
24
G. CHAVES
COL
Addax Team
2:14.803
11
3.230
24
3
J. CALADO
GBR
Lotus ART
2:15.267
9
3.694
25
21
N. YELLOLY
GBR
Atech CRS GP
2:15.434
11
3.861
26
12
M. LAINE
FIN
Marussia Manor Racing
2:15.729
12
4.156
27
29
L. BACHETA
GBR
RSC Mucke Motorsport
2:16.303
12
4.730
28
30
M. CHRISTENSEN
DEN
RSC Mucke Motorsport
2:16.483
11
4.910
29
25
D. SMITH
GBR
Addax Team
2:16.546
11
4.973
30
18
T. HYLKEMA
NED
Tech 1 Racing
2:17.594
12
6.021
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