GP3 – Williamson Leads The Way In Germany

July 22, 2011

GP 3

Lewis Williamson leads the way for MW Arden in Practice 1 at Nürburgring.
 
The fifth round of 2011 GP3 Series kicked off this morning with the first of two Friday practice sessions at the German circuit, with the British driver picking up where he left off after winning Race 2 in Silverstone two weeks ago. Williamson claimed the top spot with a time of 1:50.766 nearly four tenths quicker than Antonio Felix Da Costa in second.
 
The field hit the track with Pirelli P Zero slick tyres, and Addax Team’s Tom Dillmann led the way early on in the dry but chilly thirteen degree conditions ahead of RSC Mücke Motorsport’s Nigel Melker and Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Müller. MW Arden Mitch Evan’s was the closest to knocking Dillmann into second, but it was Melker who eventually moved ahead followed by Valtteri Bottas for Lotus ART. Williamson had improved to third with Dillmann now down in fourth.    
 
By midway through the session Dillmann was back leading the field ahead of Evans and Marussia Manor Racing’s Adrian Quaife-Hobbs. Melker was still going strong in fourth and James Calado was now the quickest Lotus ART driver in fifth.
 
In the dying minutes of the session Williamson found the extra time he needed to lead the pack and took the top spot with a 1:51.090 lap. The Scotsman continued to improve his time and no one could match his pace. With the chequered flag in sight Status Grand Prix’s Antonio Felix Da Costa improved to take second ahead of Dillmann, Evans, Rio Haryanto, Calado, Alexander Sims, Aaro Vainio, Michael Christensen and Marlon Stockinger.
 
Next up for GP3 is practice 2 later today at 16:50 local time.
 
Practice 1 times:
 
POS
NO
DRIVER
NAT
TEAM
TIME
LAPS
GAP
1
28
L. WILLIAMSON
GBR
MW Arden
1:50.766
13
 
2
5
A. FELIX DA COSTA
POR
Status Grand Prix
1:51.121
13
0.355
3
23
T. DILLMANN
FRA
Addax Team
1:51.235
12
0.469
4
26
M. EVANS
NZL
MW Arden
1:51.275
14
0.509
5
11
R. HARYANTO
INA
Marussia Manor Racing
1:51.411
15
0.645
6
3
J. CALADO
GBR
Lotus ART
1:51.458
12
0.692
7
4
A. SIMS
GBR
Status Grand Prix
1:51.543
14
0.777
8
17
A. VAINIO
FIN
Tech 1 Racing
1:51.571
14
0.805
9
30
M. CHRISTENSEN
DEN
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1:51.573
13
0.807
10
20
M. STOCKINGER
PHI
Atech CRS GP
1:51.576
15
0.810
11
7
N. MULLER
SUI
Jenzer Motorsport
1:51.625
15
0.859
12
2
V. BOTTAS
FIN
Lotus ART
1:51.641
11
0.875
13
10
A. QUAIFE-HOBBS
GBR
Marussia Manor Racing
1:51.670
14
0.904
14
12
M. LAINE
FIN
Marussia Manor Racing
1:51.670
14
0.904
15
31
N. MELKER
NED
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1:51.750
14
0.984
16
25
D. SMITH
GBR
Addax Team
1:51.801
13
1.035
17
24
G. CHAVES
COL
Addax Team
1:51.945
14
1.179
18
19
T. PAL KISS
HUN
Tech 1 Racing
1:52.024
14
1.258
19
9
V. GHIRELLI
ITA
Jenzer Motorsport
1:52.094
15
1.328
20
21
N. YELLOLY
GBR
Atech CRS GP
1:52.146
15
1.380
21
14
C. DALY
USA
Carlin
1:52.193
14
1.427
22
1
P. NUNES
BRA
Lotus ART
1:52.253
4
1.487
23
22
Z. AMBERG
SUI
Atech CRS GP
1:52.258
14
1.492
24
27
S. TRUMMER
SUI
MW Arden
1:52.277
14
1.511
25
8
M. ZIMIN
RUS
Jenzer Motorsport
1:52.297
14
1.531
26
6
I. LUKASHEVICH
RUS
Status Grand Prix
1:52.346
15
1.580
27
29
L. BACHETA
GBR
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1:52.783
13
2.017
28
18
T. HYLKEMA
NED
Tech 1 Racing
1:52.971
14
2.205
29
15
C. MACLEOD
GBR
Carlin
1:52.978
13
2.212
30
16
L. CORDEIRO
BRA
Carlin
1:53.318
14
2.552
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