Monza GP3: Evans kicks off title decider with fastest time in practice

GP3 Series leader Mitch Evans set the pace in Friday's practice for the final rounds at Monza this weekend

Monza GP3: Evans kicks off title decider with fastest time in practice

The 18-year-old New Zealander moved to the top of the times halfway into the 45-minute session, before dropping down the field as first Tamas Pal Kiss and then one of Evans' title challengers Aaro Vainio went quicker.

Then with a minute to go left in the session Evans produced a 1m44.477s from his MW Arden machine to settle the matter ahead of team-mate Matias Laine, with Lotus GP's Vainio third.

Kiss was unable to respond, having come together with Fabiano Machado's Manor car in the middle of the Ascari chicane, in an incident that was being investigated by the stewards.

Carlin's Alex Brundle was among others that caused yellow flags for offs in the session.

Local boy David Fumanelli was fourth fastest ahead outside title contender Daniel Abt and Dmitry Suranovich, with Kiss eventually dropping to seventh in the fastest of the Atech CRS cars.

Giovanni Venturini, Will Buller and Robert Visoiu completed the top 10, while Antonio Felix da Costa, the series form man and Evans' primary rival could manage no better than 15th, having set the pace in the opening minutes of the session.

Pos  Driver                  Team       Time       Gap
 1.  Mitch Evans             MW Arden   1m44.477s
 2.  Matias Laine            MW Arden   1m44.520s  + 0.043s
 3.  Aaro Vainio             Lotus      1m44.621s  + 0.144s
 4.  David Fumanelli         MW Arden   1m44.750s  + 0.273s
 5.  Daniel Abt              Lotus      1m44.989s  + 0.512s
 6.  Dmitry Suranovich       Manor      1m45.098s  + 0.621s
 7.  Tamas Pal Kiss          Atech CRS  1m45.163s  + 0.686s
 8.  Giovanni Venturini      Trident    1m45.445s  + 0.968s
 9.  Will Buller             Carlin     1m45.475s  + 0.998s
10.  Robert Visoiu           Jenzer     1m45.555s  + 1.078s
11.  Conor Daly              Lotus      1m45.654s  + 1.177s
12.  Alice Powell            Status     1m45.657s  + 1.180s
13.  Patric Niederhauser     Jenzer     1m45.684s  + 1.207s
14.  Marlon Stockinger       Status     1m45.695s  + 1.218s
15.  Antonio Felix da Costa  Carlin     1m45.778s  + 1.301s
16.  Kevin Ceccon            Ocean      1m45.825s  + 1.348s
17.  Lewis Williamson        Status     1m46.026s  + 1.549s
18.  Alex Brundle            Carlin     1m46.445s  + 1.968s
19.  Ethan Ringel            Atech CRS  1m46.472s  + 1.995s
20.  Fabiano Machado         Manor      1m46.940s  + 2.463s
21.  Vicky Piria             Trident    1m46.962s  + 2.485s
22.  John Wartique           Atech CRS  1m46.963s  + 2.486s
23.  Carmen Jorda            Ocean      1m48.610s  + 4.133s
24.  Robert Cregan           Ocean      1m51.803s  + 7.326s
25.  Tio Ellinas             Manor      1m55.083s  + 10.606
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