James Calado set the pace in Hungary as Luciano Bacheta survives scary crash

James Calado grabbed top spot in final seconds of the first GP3 free practice session of the weekend at the Hungaroring

James Calado set the pace in Hungary as Luciano Bacheta survives scary crash

The Briton was one of the final cars across the line before the chequered flag, and that meant that his lap was the last of the significant runners. Lewis Williamson and Tom Dillmann had both enjoyed very brief spells at the top, but Calado then put a significant chunk of time between himself and the field with his final lap.

Nigel Melker took fourth after sitting in first place for much of the session. The RSC Mucke driver was leading the way when the session was stopped halfway through for a scary-looking accident for Luciano Bacheta, which involved his car climbing the barrier and rolling.

The Briton got out of the car and walked to the ambulance though, and when the session restarted it left several drivers with little time to set any meaningful laptimes.

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs briefly knocked Melker back to second, but the former championship leader responded with two minutes to go. He held on until the final few seconds, when the best times from the top three pushed him down to fourth.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. James Calado ART 1m39.025s 2. Tom Dillmann Addax 1m39.460s + 0.435s 3. Lewis Williamson MW Arden 1m39.481s + 0.456s 4. Nigel Melker RSC Mucke 1m39.730s + 0.705s 5. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor 1m39.822s + 0.797s 6. Dean Smith Addax 1m39.979s + 0.954s 7. Aaro Vainio Tech 1 1m40.046s + 1.021s 8. Pedro Nunes ART 1m40.052s + 1.027s 9. Michael Christensen RSC Mucke 1m40.072s + 1.047s 10. Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer 1m40.116s + 1.091s 11. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1m40.201s + 1.176s 12. Valtteri Bottas ART 1m40.262s + 1.237s 13. Rio Haryanto Manor 1m40.269s + 1.244s 14. Zoel Amberg Atech CRS 1m40.278s + 1.253s 15. Gabby Chaves Addax 1m40.419s + 1.394s 16. Matias Laine Manor 1m40.483s + 1.458s 17. Conor Daly Carlin 1m40.722s + 1.697s 18. Callum MacLeod Carlin 1m40.826s + 1.801s 19. Nico Muller Jenzer 1m40.832s + 1.807s 20. Maxim Zimin Jenzer 1m40.934s + 1.909s 21. Antonio Felix da Costa Status 1m41.222s + 2.197s 22. Ivan Lukashevich Status 1m41.336s + 2.311s 23. Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS 1m41.491s + 2.466s 24. Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 1m41.723s + 2.698s 25. Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 1m41.855s + 2.830s 26. Alexander Sims Status 1m43.779s + 4.754s 27. Nick Yelloly Atech CRS 1m43.856s + 4.831s 28. Simon Trummer MW Arden 1m44.444s + 5.419s 29. Thomas Hylkema Tech 1 1m44.873s + 5.848s 30. Luciano Bacheta RSC Mucke 1m45.180s + 6.155s 
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