Melker quickest as GP3 test ends

Nigel Melker emerged fastest on the final GP3 test day of 2010 at Jerez

Melker quickest as GP3 test ends

The Mucke driver, whose promising but luckless 2010 campaign saw him twice start from pole position yet end up only 23rd in the standings, set the pace in the morning session with a 1m34.747s lap that remained unbeaten.

MW Arden's Michael Christensen was second to Melker in the first session and quickest later on by a comfortable 0.7-second margin over Rio Haryanto, who had switched from Manor to ART for the test.

Also seat-hopping was ART's Formula 3 Euro Series driver Alexander Sims, who took third in the afternoon with Status, ahead of Arden duo Simon Trummer and Matias Laine.

Thursday pacesetter Trummer had been fourth in the morning, behind Addax driver Roberto Merhi.

Category newcomers showing good form including British F3 runner-up James Calado, who took sixth for ART in the morning, and Carlos Sainz Jr - son of World Rally legend Carlos Sainz - who was seventh in session one with Addax.

Other GP3 newcomers appearing in the top 10 included Formula Renault frontrunners Tamas Pal Kiss (Atech CRS) and Arthur Pic (Tech 1), and ex-Formula BMW driver Facu Regalia (Status).

Session one: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Nigel Melker Mucke 1m34.747s 2. Michael Christensen MW Arden 1m34.958s + 0.211s 3. Roberto Merhi Addax 1m34.980s + 0.233s 4. Simon Trummer MW Arden 1m35.020s + 0.273s 5. Nico Muller Jenzer 1m35.036s + 0.289s 6. James Calado ART 1m35.073s + 0.326s 7. Carlos Sainz Jr Addax 1m35.073s + 0.326s 8. Carlos Munoz Mucke 1m35.131s + 0.384s 9. Alexander Sims Status 1m35.161s + 0.414s 10. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS 1m35.188s + 0.441s 11. Robin Frijns Manor 1m35.283s + 0.536s 12. Willi Steindl Mucke 1m35.285s + 0.538s 13. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin 1m35.326s + 0.579s 14. Adrien Tambay Manor 1m35.395s + 0.648s 15. Callum Macleod Carlin 1m35.475s + 0.728s 16. Marlon Stockinger Jenzer 1m35.508s + 0.761s 17. Thomas Hylkema Manor 1m35.545s + 0.798s 18. Matias Laine MW Arden 1m35.562s + 0.815s 19. Arthur Pic Tech 1 1m35.611s + 0.864s 20. Leonardo Cordeiro Status 1m35.644s + 0.897s 21. Aaro Vainio Tech 1 1m35.690s + 0.943s 22. Nick Yelloly Atech CRS 1m35.715s + 0.968s 23. Juan Carlos Sistos Jenzer 1m35.733s + 0.986s 24. Albert Costa Atech CRS 1m35.829s + 1.082s 25. Miki Monras Tech 1 1m35.846s + 1.099s 26. Rio Haryanto ART 1m35.865s + 1.118s 27. Pedro Nunes ART 1m35.904s + 1.157s 28. Facu Regalia Status 1m36.066s + 1.319s 29. Conor Daly Carlin 1m36.160s + 1.413s 30. Vittorio Ghirelli Addax 1m36.576s + 1.829s Session two: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Michael Christensen MW Arden 1m35.509s 2. Rio Haryanto ART 1m36.255s + 0.746s 3. Alexander Sims Status 1m36.337s + 0.828s 4. Simon Trummer MW Arden 1m36.343s + 0.834s 5. Matias Laine MW Arden 1m36.394s + 0.885s 6. Adrien Tambay Manor 1m36.402s + 0.893s 7. Nico Muller Jenzer 1m36.441s + 0.932s 8. Arthur Pic Tech 1 1m36.537s + 1.028s 9. Carlos Munoz Mucke 1m36.537s + 1.028s 10. Facu Regalia Status 1m36.593s + 1.084s 11. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin 1m36.609s + 1.100s 12. Roberto Merhi Addax 1m36.699s + 1.190s 13. James Calado ART 1m36.700s + 1.191s 14. Robin Frijns Manor 1m36.722s + 1.213s 15. Willi Steindl Mucke 1m36.827s + 1.318s 16. Carlos Sainz Jr Addax 1m36.838s + 1.329s 17. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS 1m36.857s + 1.348s 18. Callum Macleod Carlin 1m36.866s + 1.357s 19. Albert Costa Atech CRS 1m37.001s + 1.492s 20. Conor Daly Carlin 1m37.023s + 1.514s 21. Nigel Melker Mucke 1m37.024s + 1.515s 22. Pedro Nunes ART 1m37.079s + 1.570s 23. Thomas Hylkema Manor 1m37.108s + 1.599s 24. Juan Carlos Sistos Jenzer 1m37.157s + 1.648s 25. Miki Monras Tech 1 1m37.194s + 1.685s 26. Aaro Vainio Tech 1 1m37.212s + 1.703s 27. Nick Yelloly Atech CRS 1m37.229s + 1.720s 28. Marlon Stockinger Jenzer 1m37.460s + 1.951s 29. Leonardo Cordeiro Status 1m37.489s + 1.980s 30. Vittorio Ghirelli Addax 1m37.589s + 2.080s 
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