Williamson tops opening practice at the Nurburgring

Lewis Williamson topped the first GP3 practice session of the weekend at the Nurburgring

Williamson tops opening practice at the Nurburgring

The MW Arden driver, who won last time out on home soil at Silverstone, moved comfortably to the top of the times with five minutes remaining.

At the time he bumped long-time pace-setter Tom Dillmann down to second. The Frenchman then lost a further place in the final minute when Antonio Felix da Costa jumped from 10th to second. However, the Portuguese driver only beat Dillmann?s time by a fraction, leaving Williamson 0.355 seconds clear by the end.

Former championship leader Mitch Evans ran second to Dillmann for much of the session, but in the end he had to settle for fourth in the second MW Arden entry.

The next three places were taken by drivers who improved as the chequered flag came out, with Rio Haryanto, James Calado and championship leader Alexander Sims ending the session in fifth, sixth and seventh.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Lewis Williamson MW Arden 1m50.766s 2. Antonio Felix da Costa Status 1m51.121s + 0.355s 3. Tom Dillmann Addax 1m51.235s + 0.469s 4. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1m51.275s + 0.509s 5. Rio Haryanto Manor 1m51.411s + 0.645s 6. James Calado ART 1m51.458s + 0.692s 7. Alexander Sims Status 1m51.543s + 0.777s 8. Aaro Vainio Tech 1 1m51.571s + 0.805s 9. Michael Christensen RSC Mucke 1m51.573s + 0.807s 10. Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS 1m51.576s + 0.810s 11. Nico Muller Jenzer 1m51.625s + 0.859s 12. Valtteri Bottas ART 1m51.641s + 0.875s 13. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor 1m51.670s + 0.904s 14. Matias Laine Manor 1m51.670s + 0.904s 15. Nigel Melker RSC Mucke 1m51.750s + 0.984s 16. Dean Smith Addax 1m51.801s + 1.035s 17. Gabby Chaves Addax 1m51.945s + 1.179s 18. Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 1m52.024s + 1.258s 19. Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer 1m52.094s + 1.328s 20. Nick Yelloly  Atech CRS 1m52.146s + 1.380s 21. Conor Daly Carlin 1m52.193s + 1.427s 22. Pedro Nunes ART 1m52.253s + 1.487s 23. Zoel Amberg Atech CRS 1m52.258s + 1.492s 24. Simon Trummer MW Arden 1m52.277s + 1.511s 25. Maxim Zimin Jenzer 1m52.297s + 1.531s 26. Ivan Lukashevich Status 1m52.346s + 1.580s 27. Luciano Bacheta RSC Mucke 1m52.783s + 2.017s 28. Thomas Hylkema Tech 1 1m52.971s + 2.205s 29. Callum MacLeod Carlin 1m52.978s + 2.212s 30. Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 1m53.318s + 2.552s 
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