Abu Dhabi GP3: Kirchhofer pips Ghiotto and Ocon in practice

Marvin Kirchhofer topped a frenetic GP3 practice session in Abu Dhabi, from title rivals Luca Ghiotto and Esteban Ocon

Abu Dhabi GP3: Kirchhofer pips Ghiotto and Ocon in practice

ART Grand Prix driver Kirchhofer ran in the top three for much of the session but was able to jump to the top of the timesheets with a 1m56.070s on his final lap.

In a hectic closing moments that resembled qualifying, Ghiotto improved on his last run to pip his rival Ocon to second.

The Trident driver was one of the last drivers to set a time early on, and was down the order after his opening few laps.

Mercedes protege Ocon on the other hand was fastest for much of the session.

Koiranen GP's Matt Parry was another late improver in fourth, just ahead of Arden International driver Kevin Ceccon and team-mate Jimmy Eriksson.

Ralph Boschung was seventh, from Ferrari junior Antonio Fuoco, Pal Varhaug and Matheo Tuscher who rounded out the top 10.

PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 1m56.070s - 17
2 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m56.208s 0.138s 19
3 Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix 1m56.312s 0.242s 17
4 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 1m56.506s 0.436s 20
5 Kevin Ceccon Arden International 1m56.568s 0.498s 15
6 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 1m56.582s 0.512s 18
7 Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport 1m56.705s 0.635s 17
8 Antonio Fuoco Carlin 1m56.895s 0.825s 19
9 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 1m57.020s 0.950s 18
10 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 1m57.184s 1.114s 18
11 Alfonso Celis ART Grand Prix 1m57.245s 1.175s 17
12 Mitch Gilbert Carlin 1m57.259s 1.189s 19
13 Michele Beretta Trident 1m57.382s 1.312s 18
14 Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 1m57.505s 1.435s 17
15 Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing 1m57.679s 1.609s 18
16 Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix 1m57.679s 1.609s 16
17 Adderly Fong Carlin 1m57.747s 1.677s 19
18 Artur Janosz Trident 1m57.837s 1.767s 17
19 Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 1m58.121s 2.051s 16
20 Emil Bernstorff Arden International 1m58.410s 2.340s 18
21 Alex Palou Campos Racing 1m58.620s 2.550s 19
22 Seb Morris Status Grand Prix 2m00.015s 3.945s 15
23 Alex Bosak Arden International 2m01.243s 5.173s 16
24 Konstantin Tereschenko Campos Racing 2m04.429s 8.359s 6


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