Van der Zande tops first GP3 session

Renger van der Zande finished on top in the first ever official session for the new GP3 Series at the Circuit de Catalunya today

Van der Zande tops first GP3 session

The Mucke driver bumped ART's Esteban Gutierrez from the top of the timesheets 10 minutes into the session and was never troubled thereafter, finishing with a best time of 1m38.664s. His Mucke team-mate Nigel Melker was second, 0.203s in arrears, ahead of Gutierrez and Status driver Robert Wickens, who made a late surge up to fourth.

Addax's Mirko Bortolotti was among the early pace-setters, but the Italian earned the unfortunate distinction of being the first driver to crash a GP3 car on a race weekend when he spun and tagged the barriers with 10 minutes remaining.

His time was still good enough to keep him in seventh behind Manor duo James Jakes and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs.

 Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Renger van der Zande Mucke 1:38.664 14 2. Nigel Melker Mucke 1:38.867 15 3. Esteban Gutierrez ART 1:38.918 14 4. Robert Wickens Status 1:38.974 13 5. James Jakes Manor 1:39.044 11 6. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor 1:39.106 15 7. Mirko Bortolotti Addax 1:39.181 5 8. Pedro Sanchez Lopez Addax 1:39.195 14 9. Alexander Rossi ART 1:39.274 13 10. Dean Smith Carlin 1:39.297 15 11. Michael Christensen MW Arden 1:39.412 12 12. Felipe Guimaraes Addax 1:39.431 15 13. Simon Trummer Jenzer 1:39.445 15 14. Tobias Hegewald Mucke 1:39.477 16 15. Daniel Morad Status 1:39.483 14 16. Jean-Eric Vergne Tech 1 1:39.561 13 17. Miki Monras MW Arden 1:39.583 14 18. Nigel Muller Jenzer 1:39.601 16 19. Rio Haryanto Manor 1:39.727 13 20. Pal Varhaug Jenzer 1:39.788 14 21. Josef Newgarden Carlin 1:40.063 10 22. Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 1:40.176 13 23. Vittorio Ghirelli Atech 1:40.176 16 24. Leonardo Cordeiro MW Arden 1:40.204 15 25. Lucas Foresti Carlin 1:40.440 15 26. Pedro Nunes ART 1:40.550 11 27. Ivan Lukashevich Status 1:40.754 14 28. Patrick Reiterer Atech 1:41.351 12 29. Daniel Juncadella Tech 1 1:41.665 11 30. Oliver Oakes Atech no time 
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