Spa GP3: Luca Ghiotto leads Antonio Fuoco in practice

Championship leader Luca Ghiotto set the pace in GP3 practice at Spa ahead of Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco

Spa GP3: Luca Ghiotto leads Antonio Fuoco in practice

Ghiotto led the way early along with Trident team-mates Artur Janosz, who had a spin early on at the Bus Stop chicane, and series returnee Beitske Visser.

But as the track conditions continued to improve so did laptimes and they were soon overhauled by the Jenzer Motorsport trio of Pal Varhaug, Ralph Boschung and Matheo Tuscher.

Ghiotto looked ominous though and improved right up until the chequered flag fell, eventually setting a time of 2m06.005s.

Carlin driver Fuoco clinched second place on his final lap, jumping from a lowly 12th to be 0.341 seconds behind.

Boschung, Varhaug and Tuscher had to settle for third, fourth and fifth respectively following their early fight near the top of the times.

Koiranen GP driver Matt Parry was another late improver in sixth as was Status Grand Prix's Alex Fontana, who had a big moment when he ran wide at Blanchimont that sent him into a spin on his way to seventh.

Mitch Gilbert, Janosz and Alex Palou rounded out the top 10.

Nissan protege Jann Mardenborough and Adderly Fong both had huge separate incidents at Eau Rouge.

The pair drifted wide onto the painted sausage kerbs, which ruined the underside of both their cars and sent them briefly airborne.

PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Luca Ghiotto Trident 2m06.005s - 15
2 Antonio Fuoco Carlin 2m06.346s 0.341s 15
3 Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport 2m06.673s 0.668s 17
4 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 2m06.829s 0.824s 18
5 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 2m06.953s 0.948s 15
6 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 2m07.084s 1.079s 15
7 Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 2m07.267s 1.262s 15
8 Mitch Gilbert Carlin 2m07.282s 1.277s 14
9 Artur Janosz Trident 2m07.390s 1.385s 14
10 Alex Palou Campos Racing 2m07.568s 1.563s 14
11 Jann Mardenborough Carlin 2m07.585s 1.580s 14
12 Beitske Visser Trident 2m07.644s 1.639s 15
13 Alex Bosak Arden International 2m08.013s 2.008s 16
14 Emil Bernstorff Arden International 2m08.231s 2.226s 16
15 Kevin Ceccon Arden International 2m08.525s 2.520s 12
16 Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing 2m08.619s 2.614s 15
17 Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix 2m08.799s 2.794s 17
18 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 2m08.940s 2.935s 16
19 Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix 2m09.572s 3.567s 16
20 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 2m09.602s 3.597s 16
21 Adderly Fong Koiranen GP 2m10.025s 4.020s 12
22 Alfonso Celis ART Grand Prix 2m10.132s 4.127s 17
23 Seb Morris Status Grand Prix - - 1


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