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Antonio Felix da Costa fastest in Nurburgring GP3 practice two

Antonio Felix da Costa, Status, Nurburgring 2011Antonio Felix da Costa topped the second GP3 practice session of the weekend at the Nurburgring.

The Portuguese driver came out ahead during a frantic first 15 minutes of the session, where the top spot changed places multiple times. However, there was little action once the cars returned to the track, leaving his time unchallenged at the front.

Addax's Tom Dillmann prevented Alexander Sims completing a 1-2 for Status, but the Irish team still had a good day as third driver Ivan Lukashevich made sure all of its cars were in the top 10.

Valtteri Bottas was fourth for ART, and he was joined in the top five by team-mate James Calado, who was one of the few drivers to make a significant improvement in the final few minutes.

Rio Haryanto and Lewis Williamson made very slight improvements, which were enough to cost former championship leader Mitch Evans two places to drop him to eighth towards the end.

But there were no worries out front for da Costa, who had a spin on his second run which prevented him from being able to extend his 0.037 second advantage over Dillmann.

Pos  Driver                  Team       Time       Gap
 1.  Antonio Felix da Costa  Status     1m50.104s
 2.  Tom Dillmann            Addax      1m50.141s  + 0.037s
 3.  Alexander Sims          Status     1m50.173s  + 0.069s
 4.  Valtteri Bottas         ART        1m50.361s  + 0.257s
 5.  James Calado            ART        1m50.376s  + 0.272s
 6.  Rio Haryanto            Manor      1m50.431s  + 0.327s
 7.  Lewis Williamson        MW Arden   1m50.444s  + 0.340s
 8.  Mitch Evans             MW Arden   1m50.481s  + 0.377s
 9.  Aaro Vainio             Tech 1     1m50.594s  + 0.490s
10.  Ivan Lukashevich        Status     1m50.605s  + 0.501s
11.  Michael Christensen     RSC Mucke  1m50.712s  + 0.608s
12.  Maxim Zimin             Jenzer     1m50.724s  + 0.620s
13.  Vittorio Ghirelli       Jenzer     1m50.746s  + 0.642s
14.  Marlon Stockinger       Atech CRS  1m50.912s  + 0.808s
15.  Nico Muller             Jenzer     1m50.940s  + 0.836s
16.  Simon Trummer           MW Arden   1m51.025s  + 0.921s
17.  Tamas Pal Kiss          Tech 1     1m51.032s  + 0.928s
18.  Nigel Melker            RSC Mucke  1m51.076s  + 0.972s
19.  Matias Laine            Manor      1m51.099s  + 0.995s
20.  Nick Yelloly            Atech CRS  1m51.099s  + 0.995s
21.  Pedro Nunes             ART        1m51.107s  + 1.003s
22.  Conor Daly              Carlin     1m51.342s  + 1.238s
23.  Zoel Amberg             Atech CRS  1m51.346s  + 1.242s
24.  Adrian Quaife-Hobbs     Manor      1m51.378s  + 1.274s
25.  Gabby Chaves            Addax      1m51.471s  + 1.367s
26.  Luciano Bacheta         RSC Mucke  1m51.606s  + 1.502s
27.  Thomas Hylkema          Tech 1     1m51.708s  + 1.604s
28.  Leonardo Cordeiro       Carlin     1m52.022s  + 1.918s
29.  Callum MacLeod          Carlin     1m52.136s  + 2.032s
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