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Melker tops GP3 practice two

Nigel Melker, Mucke, Istanbul 2011Nigel Melker topped the second free practice session for the GP3 field in Turkey, where just one tenth of a second covered the top four cars.

Mucke driver Melker was in contention at the top of the timesheets throughout the session, and he was the only driver able to respond with an even better lap whenever a new name appeared in first place.

The last driver to depose the Dutchman at the top was McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner Lewis Williamson, but the Scot was not there for long before Melker once again retook the place.

Williamson would end the session second for Arden, just 0.031s adrift of Melker. His young Kiwi team-mate Mitch Evans then popped up with an impressive lap late in the session to take third, and he was only 0.054s behind first place.

Tech 1's Andrea Caldarelli overcame an early-session spin to take fourth, ahead of Rio Haryanto (Manor) and Michael Christensen (Addax). Status team-mates Antonio Felix da Costa and Alexander Sims were next up, while morning pacesetter Valtteri Bottas (ART) could not convert his wet weather speed into pace in the dry and could only manage ninth.

Pos  Driver                  Team       Time       Gap
 1.  Nigel Melker            RSC Mucke  1m46.151s
 2.  Lewis Williamson        MW Arden   1m46.182s  + 0.031s
 3.  Mitch Evans             MW Arden   1m46.205s  + 0.054s
 4.  Andrea Caldarelli       Tech 1     1m46.257s  + 0.106s
 5.  Rio Haryanto            Manor      1m46.355s  + 0.204s
 6.  Michael Christensen     RSC Mucke  1m46.358s  + 0.207s
 7.  Antonio Felix da Costa  Status     1m46.437s  + 0.286s
 8.  Alexander Sims          Status     1m46.469s  + 0.318s
 9.  Valtteri Bottas         ART        1m46.524s  + 0.373s
10.  Matias Laine            Manor      1m46.606s  + 0.455s
11.  Nico Müller             Jenzer     1m46.639s  + 0.488s
12.  James Calado            ART        1m46.688s  + 0.537s
13.  Nick Yelloly            Atech CRS  1m46.739s  + 0.588s
14.  Gabby Chaves            Addax      1m46.775s  + 0.624s
15.  Aaro Vainio             Tech 1     1m46.840s  + 0.689s
16.  Pedro Nunes             ART        1m46.865s  + 0.714s
17.  Dean Smith              Addax      1m46.889s  + 0.738s
18.  Simon Trummer           MW Arden   1m46.968s  + 0.817s
19.  Tom Dillmann            Carlin     1m46.983s  + 0.832s
20.  Marlon Stockinger       Atech CRS  1m47.002s  + 0.851s
21.  Dominic Storey          Addax      1m47.035s  + 0.884s
22.  Tamas Pal Kiss          Tech 1     1m47.089s  + 0.938s
23.  Adrian Quaife-Hobbs     Manor      1m47.206s  + 1.055s
24.  Maxim Zimin             Jenzer     1m47.279s  + 1.128s
25.  Leonardo Cordeiro       Carlin     1m47.290s  + 1.139s
26.  Luciano Bacheta         RSC Mucke  1m47.309s  + 1.158s
27.  Ivan Lukashevich        Status     1m47.319s  + 1.168s
28.  Conor Daly              Carlin     1m47.348s  + 1.197s
29.  Vittorio Ghirelli       Jenzer     1m47.625s  + 1.474s
30.  Zoel Amberg             Atech CRS  1m47.739s  + 1.588s
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