Williamson tops opening practice at the Nurburgring
|By Glenn Freeman
||Friday, July 22nd 2011, 08:02 GMT
Lewis Williamson topped the first GP3 practice session of the weekend at the Nurburgring.
The MW Arden driver, who won last time out on home soil at Silverstone, moved comfortably to the top of the times with five minutes remaining.
At the time he bumped long-time pace-setter Tom Dillmann down to second. The Frenchman then lost a further place in the final minute when Antonio Felix da Costa jumped from 10th to second. However, the Portuguese driver only beat Dillmann?s time by a fraction, leaving Williamson 0.355 seconds clear by the end.
Former championship leader Mitch Evans ran second to Dillmann for much of the session, but in the end he had to settle for fourth in the second MW Arden entry.
The next three places were taken by drivers who improved as the chequered flag came out, with Rio Haryanto, James Calado and championship leader Alexander Sims ending the session in fifth, sixth and seventh.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1. Lewis Williamson MW Arden 1m50.766s
2. Antonio Felix da Costa Status 1m51.121s + 0.355s
3. Tom Dillmann Addax 1m51.235s + 0.469s
4. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1m51.275s + 0.509s
5. Rio Haryanto Manor 1m51.411s + 0.645s
6. James Calado ART 1m51.458s + 0.692s
7. Alexander Sims Status 1m51.543s + 0.777s
8. Aaro Vainio Tech 1 1m51.571s + 0.805s
9. Michael Christensen RSC Mucke 1m51.573s + 0.807s
10. Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS 1m51.576s + 0.810s
11. Nico Muller Jenzer 1m51.625s + 0.859s
12. Valtteri Bottas ART 1m51.641s + 0.875s
13. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor 1m51.670s + 0.904s
14. Matias Laine Manor 1m51.670s + 0.904s
15. Nigel Melker RSC Mucke 1m51.750s + 0.984s
16. Dean Smith Addax 1m51.801s + 1.035s
17. Gabby Chaves Addax 1m51.945s + 1.179s
18. Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 1m52.024s + 1.258s
19. Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer 1m52.094s + 1.328s
20. Nick Yelloly Atech CRS 1m52.146s + 1.380s
21. Conor Daly Carlin 1m52.193s + 1.427s
22. Pedro Nunes ART 1m52.253s + 1.487s
23. Zoel Amberg Atech CRS 1m52.258s + 1.492s
24. Simon Trummer MW Arden 1m52.277s + 1.511s
25. Maxim Zimin Jenzer 1m52.297s + 1.531s
26. Ivan Lukashevich Status 1m52.346s + 1.580s
27. Luciano Bacheta RSC Mucke 1m52.783s + 2.017s
28. Thomas Hylkema Tech 1 1m52.971s + 2.205s
29. Callum MacLeod Carlin 1m52.978s + 2.212s
30. Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 1m53.318s + 2.552s