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DATE News (chronologically)
08/27/10
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Tambay tops wet GP3 practice
The first GP3 session of the weekend was delayed by over thirty minutes after an eventful GP2 qualifying session ran long. Torrential downpours all weekend meant that all thirty GP3 cars hit the track with wet weather tires for just the second time this season putting their rain skills to the test.

On his first flying lap of the session Series leader Esteban Gutierrez set the pace for ART Grand Prix, closely followed by Tambay and teammate Adrian Quaife-Hobbs. Antonio Felix da Costa was also quick in the first half of the session for Carlin, and all three Jenzer Motorsport drivers were up in the top ten including Simon Trummer – the Swiss driver making an impressive comeback after missing two rounds.

By the midway point in the session Gutierrez was still leading the way – the Mexican was four tenths quicker than Tambay. Quaife-Hobbs was hanging on to third spot ahead of Muller, and Nigel Melker had found his rhythm joining the front runners in fifth for RSC Mucke Motorsport. With ten minutes remaining Leonardo Cordiero posted the sixth quickest time for MW Arden, and Robert Wickens was quick to answer pushing him down in to seventh, ahead of Atech CRS GP’s Roberto Merhi.

In the final few minutes of the session it was all about negotiating the heavy fog which was causing tricky conditions for the GP3 field. Muller found his way through and posted a lap nearly five tenths quicker than current fastest man Gutierrez. Tambay was quick to respond, knocking another half a second off the Swiss drivers’ time, and neither Muller nor Gutierrez could respond before the checkered flag dropped.

And so it ended, with Tambay on top, Muller second and Gutierrez third. Quaife-Hobbs stayed on the pace all session, finishing in fourth spot ahead of Nigel Melker in fifth. Roberto Merhi posted the sixth quickest time ahead of Trummer. Miki Monras popped up into eighth for MW Arden ahead of the young Vittorio Ghirelli for Atech CRS GP, and Cordiero rounded out the top ten. 

The action continues tomorrow morning with qualifying at 08:45 local time for what is looking likely to be another wet session.

Full practice results:

POS

NO DRIVER TEAM TIME LAPS GAP
1 7 A. TAMBAY Manor Racing 2:29.381 10 0.000
2 25 N. MULLER Jenzer Motorsport 2:29.940 11 0.559
3 2 E. GUTIERREZ ART Grand Prix 2:30.424 10 1.043
4 9 A. QUAIFE-HOBBS Manor Racing 2:30.465 12 1.084
5 10 N. MELKER RSC Muecke Motorsport 2:30.948 11 1.567
6 29 R. MERHI Atech CRS GP 2:31.394 10 2.013
7 24 S. TRUMMER Jenzer Motorsport 2:31.592 12 2.211
8 21 M. MONRAS MW Arden 2:31.683 12 2.302
9 31 V. GHIRELLI Atech CRS GP 2:31.805 12 2.424
10 22 L. CORDEIRO MW Arden 2:31.927 12 2.546
11 4 R. WICKENS Status Grand Prix 2:32.058 10 2.677
12 30 O. OAKES Atech CRS GP 2:32.064 11 2.683
13 28 D. JUNCADELLA Tech 1 Racing 2:32.114 10 2.733
14 27 S. COLETTI Tech 1 Racing 2:32.197 11 2.816
15 15 D. SMITH Carlin 2:32.222 12 2.841
16 20 M. CHRISTENSEN MW Arden 2:32.235 12 2.854
17 8 R. HARYANTO Manor Racing 2:32.258 12 2.877
18 16 A. FELIX DA COSTA Carlin 2:32.308 11 2.927
19 26 D. SECHELARIU Tech 1 Racing 2:32.468 12 3.087
20 11 R. VAN DER ZANDE RSC Muecke Motorsport 2:32.653 11 3.272
21 14 J. NEWGARDEN Carlin 2:32.665 9 3.284
22 12 T. HEGEWALD RSC Muecke Motorsport 2:32.776 11 3.395
23 6 D. MORAD Status Grand Prix 2:32.848 10 3.467
24 23 P. VARHAUG Jenzer Motorsport 2:33.099 11 3.718
25 19 M. BORTOLOTTI Addax Team 2:33.134 10 3.753
26 5 I. LUKASHEVICH Status Grand Prix 2:33.319 11 3.938
27 1 A. ROSSI ART Grand Prix 2:33.620 8 4.239
28 18 P. SANCHEZ LOPEZ Addax Team 2:34.787 9 5.406
29 3 P. NUNES ART Grand Prix 2:34.851 11 5.470
30 17 F. GUIMARAES Addax Team 2:39.307 6 9.926

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