Silverstone GP3: Luca Ghiotto leads practice for Trident

Trident driver Luca Ghiotto topped free practice for the third round of the GP3 Series at Silverstone

Silverstone GP3: Luca Ghiotto leads practice for Trident

The championship-leading Italian set the pace halfway through the session and continued to improve throughout, opening up a 0.764-second gap to Koiranen's Jimmy Eriksson in second.

Arden driver Emil Bernstorff, who set the pace in the opening stages, eventually replaced Eriksson in second place.

Fellow Brit Matt Parry enjoyed a consistent session to finish fourth in another Koiranen car, ahead of early pacesetter Marvin Kirchhofer and his ART Grand Prix team-mate Esteban Ocon.

Alex Palou was able to climb the order in the closing stages to finish seventh, followed by Arthur Janosz.

Koiranen;s third driver Adderley Fong took ninth ahead of Matheo Tuscher who consistently ran in the top 10.

Several drivers struggled with grip throughout the session and had some off-track excursions.

Nissan protege Jann Mardenborough beached his car in the gravel trap at Luffield in the opening stages, which briefly brought out the red flag.

The Brit got going again soon after and the session was quickly resumed.

Status Grand Prix drivers Sandy Stuvik and Alex Fontana also had eventful sessions.

Stuvik lost the back end and spun at Copse, his car then briefly catching fire, while Fontana spun on the entry to Stowe.

PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m48.555s - 20
2 Emil Bernstorff Arden International 1m49.255s 0.700s 19
3 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 1m49.319s 0.764s 20
4 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 1m49.462s 0.907s 17
5 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 1m49.542s 0.987s 20
6 Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix 1m49.628s 1.073s 19
7 Alex Palou Campos Racing 1m49.689s 1.134s 17
8 Artur Janosz Trident 1m49.709s 1.154s 18
9 Adderly Fong Koiranen GP 1m49.739s 1.184s 15
10 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 1m49.826s 1.271s 19
11 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 1m49.835s 1.280s 19
12 Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 1m49.954s 1.399s 20
13 Oscar Tunjo Trident 1m49.997s 1.442s 18
14 Seb Morris Status Grand Prix 1m50.018s 1.463s 18
15 Kevin Ceccon Arden International 1m50.027s 1.472s 18
16 Antonio Fuoco Carlin 1m50.035s 1.480s 18
17 Jann Mardenborough Carlin 1m50.130s 1.575s 18
18 Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport 1m50.203s 1.648s 18
19 Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing 1m50.319s 1.764s 18
20 Mitch Gilbert Carlin 1m50.400s 1.845s 20
21 Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix 1m50.456s 1.901s 16
22 Alfonso Celis ART Grand Prix 1m50.776s 2.221s 19
23 Christopher Hoher Campos Racing 1m51.204s 2.649s 21
24 Alex Bosak Arden International 1m51.346s 2.791s 20

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