Aaro Vainio fastest in GP3 Valencia Street Circuit free practice

GP3 championship leader Aaro Vainio topped the times in practice on Friday morning ahead of qualifying for round three of the series at the Valencia Street Circuit in Spain

Aaro Vainio fastest in GP3 Valencia Street Circuit free practice

Vainio, winner of the first race in Monaco, lapped in 2m00.094s with five minutes of the 45-minute session remaining, beating Lotus GP team-mate Conor Daly - back in race weekend action for the first time since his frightening Monaco shunt - by a quarter of a second.

Tio Ellinas was third fastest for Manor, a further tenth of a second back, with early pacesetter Mitch Evans (MW Arden) ending up fourth quickest, almost half a second off Vainio's best time.

Antonio Felix da Costa was fifth fastest for Carlin, ahead of Kevin Ceccon (Ocean) and Status GP's Monaco race two winner Marlon Stockinger. Recent Valencia test pacesetter, Will Buller, was 10th quickest for Carlin, one spot behind fellow Briton Alice Powell (Status).

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Aaro Vainio Lotus 2m00.094s 2. Conor Daly Lotus 2m00.343s + 0.249s 3. Tio Ellinas Manor 2m00.482s + 0.388s 4. Mitch Evans MW Arden 2m00.546s + 0.452s 5. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin 2m00.737s + 0.643s 6. Kevin Ceccon Ocean 2m00.764s + 0.670s 7. Marlon Stockinger Status 2m00.950s + 0.856s 8. David Fumanelli MW Arden 2m00.979s + 0.885s 9. Alice Powell Status 2m01.055s + 0.961s 10. Will Buller Carlin 2m01.124s + 1.030s 11. Robert Visoiu Jenzer 2m01.136s + 1.042s 12. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS 2m01.192s + 1.098s 13. Daniel Abt Lotus 2m01.570s + 1.476s 14. Alex Brundle Carlin 2m01.708s + 1.614s 15. Fabiano Machado Manor 2m01.916s + 1.822s 16. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer 2m02.098s + 2.004s 17. Matias Laine MW Arden 2m02.172s + 2.078s 18. Dmitry Suranovich Manor 2m02.231s + 2.137s 19. John Wartique Atech CRS 2m02.500s + 2.406s 20. Robert Cregan Ocean 2m02.529s + 2.435s 21. Antonio Spavone Trident 2m02.922s + 2.828s 22. Vicky Piria Trident 2m02.929s + 2.835s 23. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS 2m03.456s + 3.362s 24. Carmen Jorda Ocean 2m04.036s + 3.942s 
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