Alexander Sims quickest in GP3 practice two at Silverstone
|By Charles Bradley||Friday, July 8th 2011, 15:32 GMT|
Alexander Sims was quickest in the second half-hour of GP3 free practice at Silverstone on Friday for Status Grand Prix.
Sims lapped the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in 2m11.573s, almost a second clear of Lewis Williamson (MW Arden) and Daniel Morad (Carlin).
As in the morning's session, rain showers blighted the running. Williamson was fastest early on, quickly beaten by Sims, then Rio Haryanto and then Maxim Zimin, who then immediately spun off at Abbey and beached himself.
By the halfway point, morning pacesetter Adrian Quaife-Hobbs was on top, with Sims and then Williamson beating his time as the conditions improved. Despite more drizzle, Valtteri Bottas grabbed top spot for a few minutes, swapping the position with Haryanto.
Then Sims produced the quickest lap of the session, over a second faster than his rivals at the time and 0.93s faster by the end. Williamson spun at Stowe as he tried to improve, as deteriorating weather conditions conspired against him.
With Tom Dillmann, Matias Laine and Zoel Amberg all going off and causing yellows, there were no further improvements.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Alexander Sims Status 2m11.573s 2. Lewis Williamson MW Arden 2m12.503s + 0.930s 3. Daniel Morad Carlin 2m12.519s + 0.946s 4. Valtteri Bottas ART 2m12.581s + 1.008s 5. Rio Haryanto Manor 2m12.622s + 1.049s 6. Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer 2m12.785s + 1.212s 7. Nico Muller Jenzer 2m12.952s + 1.379s 8. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor 2m13.209s + 1.636s 9. Zoel Amberg Atech 2m13.282s + 1.709s 10. Nigel Melker RSC Mucke 2m13.337s + 1.764s 11. Conor Daly Carlin 2m13.376s + 1.803s 12. Maxim Zimin Jenzer 2m13.453s + 1.880s 13. Marlon Stockinger Atech 2m13.480s + 1.907s 14. Mitch Evans MW Arden 2m13.571s + 1.998s 15. Tom Dillmann Addax 2m13.619s + 2.046s 16. Pedro Nunes ART 2m13.627s + 2.054s 17. Antonio Felix da Costa Status 2m13.824s + 2.251s 18. Aaro Vainio Tech 1 2m13.854s + 2.281s 19. Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 2m14.336s + 2.763s 20. Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 2m14.494s + 2.921s 21. Simon Trummer MW Arden 2m14.639s + 3.066s 22. Ivan Lukashevich Status 2m14.794s + 3.221s 23. Gabby Chaves Addax 2m14.803s + 3.230s 24. James Calado ART 2m15.267s + 3.694s 25. Nick Yelloly Atech 2m15.434s + 3.861s 26. Matias Laine Manor 2m15.729s + 4.156s 27. Luciano Bacheta RSC Mucke 2m16.303s + 4.730s 28. Michael Christensen RSC Mucke 2m16.483s + 4.910s 29. Dean Smith Addax 2m16.546s + 4.973s 30. Thomas Hylkema Tech 1 2m17.594s + 6.021s