Melker tops GP3 practice two
|By Glenn Freeman||Friday, May 6th 2011, 14:32 GMT|
Nigel 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