GP3 – James Calado Leads The Way In Hungary

July 29, 2011

WRC

The sixth round of 2011 GP3 Series kicked off this morning with the first of two Friday practice sessions at the Hungarian circuit, with the British driver topping the times sheets. The session was interrupted by a red flag following a crash involving Luciano Bacheta. The RSC Mücke Motorsport driver was uninjured. The remaining of the session was drama-free and Calado claimed the top spot with a time of 1:39.025 over four tenths quicker than Addax Teams Tom Dillmann in second.
 
The field hit the track with Pirelli P Zero slick tyres, and Marussia Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto led the way early on in the damp and humid conditions ahead of Tech 1 Racing’s Aaro Vainio. The Finn went one better to claim P1, before RSC Mücke Motorsport’s Nigel Melker moved ahead. No sooner had the Dutchman taken control of the session, his teammate Bacheta was caught out in the damp conditions and barrel rolled over the barrier at turn 10. The 21-year-old emerged unharmed.  
 
The session restarted with eight minutes left on the clock, and the field headed back on track for a final push to take the top spot. Melker’s time of 1:39.730 meant he stayed top for the final few minutes of the session ahead of Marussia Manor Racing’s Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and teammate Michael Christensen. Lotus ART’s Valtteri Bottas and Addax’ Tom Dillmann moved up into the top three, and as the session came to a close it looked like Melker would hold on to P1.
 
However, after the chequered flag dropped Lewis Williamson was first to move to the top of the timesheet closely followed by Dillmann, until Calado’s last-gasp lap moved him ahead of the Frenchman. Williamson settled for third, Melker fourth and Quaife-Hobbs fifth.
 
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
3
J. CALADO
GBR
Lotus ART
1:39.025
6
 
2
23
T. DILLMANN
FRA
Addax Team
1:39.460
5
0.435
3
28
L. WILLIAMSON
GBR
MW Arden
1:39.481
4
0.456
4
31
N. MELKER
NED
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1:39.730
7
0.705
5
10
A. QUAIFE-HOBBS
GBR
Marussia Manor Racing
1:39.822
10
0.797
6
25
D. SMITH
GBR
Addax Team
1:39.979
5
0.954
7
17
A. VAINIO
FIN
Tech 1 Racing
1:40.046
11
1.021
8
1
P. NUNES
BRA
Lotus ART
1:40.052
5
1.027
9
30
M. CHRISTENSEN
DEN
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1:40.072
9
1.047
10
9
V. GHIRELLI
ITA
Jenzer Motorsport
1:40.116
9
1.091
11
26
M. EVANS
NZL
MW Arden
1:40.201
4
1.176
12
2
V. BOTTAS
FIN
Lotus ART
1:40.262
4
1.237
13
11
R. HARYANTO
INA
Marussia Manor Racing
1:40.269
11
1.244
14
22
Z. AMBERG
SUI
Atech CRS GP
1:40.278
10
1.253
15
24
G. CHAVES
COL
Addax Team
1:40.419
5
1.394
16
12
M. LAINE
FIN
Marussia Manor Racing
1:40.483
8
1.458
17
14
c. DALY
USA
Carlin
1:40.722
5
1.697
18
15
C. MACLEOD
USA
Carlin
1:40.826
10
1.801
19
7
N. MULLER
SUI
Jenzer Motorsport
1:40.832
8
1.807
20
8
M. ZIMIN
RUS
Jenzer Motorsport
1:40.934
7
1.909
21
5
A. FELIX DA COSTA
POR
Status Grand Prix
1:41.222
4
2.197
22
6
I. LUKASHEVICH
RUS
Status Grand Prix
1:41.336
11
2.311
23
20
M. STOCKINGER
PHI
Atech CRS GP
1:41.491
9
2.466
24
16
L. CORDEIRO
BRA
Carlin
1:41.723
5
2.698
25
19
T. PAL KISS
HUN
Tech 1 Racing
1:41.855
10
2.83
26
4
A. SIMS
GBR
Status Grand Prix
1:43.779
4
4.754
27
21
N. YELLOLY
GBR
Atech CRS GP
1:43.856
4
4.831
28
27
S. TRUMMER
SUI
MW Arden
1:44.444
4
5.419
29
18
T. HYLKEMA
NED
Tech 1 Racing
1:44.873
8
5.848
30
29
L. BACHETA
GBR
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1:45.180
3
6.155
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