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05/06/11
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Melker leads the pack  The GP3 Series drivers took to the 5.338 km Turkish track for the second practice session of the weekend, ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying session. Contrary to this morning’s conditions, the field had a dry but cold session on slick Pirelli tires, and for the session it was a returnee who set the pace.

Melker dominated from the off, ahead of Status Grand Prix’s rookie Alexander Sims and Tech 1 Racing’s Aaro Vainio. Andrea Caldarelli was quick to compete for the top spot, with his efforts placing him second, but the Italian just pushed too hard and spun. MW Arden’s Lewis Williamson briefly took the top spot, until just before the halfway point when Melker set his unbeaten laptime of 1:46.515, leaving Marussia Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto, Williamson and Caldarelli to battle it out for second.

A brief red flag just after the halfway point was caused by a spinning Marlon Stockinger in his Atech CRS GP car. When the session resumed there was just eight minutes left on the clock, and with all the drivers hitting the track at the same time, finding clean air was a challenge.

MW Arden’s Mitch Evans was the driver to find space – the New Zealander could not catch the lead pair of Melker and Williamson, but managed the third quickest time of the afternoon ahead of Caldarelli, Haryanto, Michael Christensen, Antonio Felix Da Costa, Sims, Valtteri Bottas and Matias Laine. The top twenty-two drivers ended the session within one second, giving a clear indication that we can expect a close battle for pole tomorrow morning.

Practice 2 times:

POS NO DRIVER ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP
1 31 N. MELKER RSC Mucke Motorsport 1.46.151 13 0.000
2 28 L. WILLIAMSON MW Arden 1.46.182 12 0.031
3 26 M. EVANS MW Arden 1.46.205 12 0.054
4 18 A. CALDARELLI Tech 1 Racing 1.46.257 13 0.106
5 11 R. HARYANTO Marussia Manor Racing 1.46.355 13 0.204
6 30 M. CHRISTENSEN RSC Mucke Motorsport 1.46.358 13 0.207
7 5 A. FELIX DA COSTA Status Grand Prix 1.46.437 13 0.286
8 4 A. SIMS Status Grand Prix 1.46.469 13 0.318
9 2 V. BOTTAS Lotus ART 1.46.524 13 0.373
10 12 M. LAINE Marussia Manor Racing 1.46.606 12 0.455
11 7 N. MULLER Jenzer Motorsport 1.46.639 13 0.488
12 3 J. CALADO Lotus ART 1.46.688 13 0.537
13 21 N. YELLOLY Atech CRS GP 1.46.739 13 0.588
14 24 G. CHAVES Addax Team 1.46.775 13 0.624
15 17 A. VAINIO Tech 1 Racing 1.46.84 13 0.689
16 1 P. NUNES Lotus ART 1.46.865 13 0.714
17 25 D. SMITH Addax Team 1.46.889 13 0.738
18 27 S. TRUMMER MW Arden 1.46.968 11 0.817
19 15 T. DILLMANN Carlin 1.46.983 13 0.832
20 20 M. STOCKINGER Atech CRS GP 1.47.002 7 0.851
21 23 D. STOREY Addax Team 1.47.035 13 0.884
22 19 T. PAL KISS Tech 1 Racing 1.47.089 13 0.938
23 10 A. QUAIFE-HOBBS Marussia Manor Racing 1.47.206 14 1.055
24 8 M. ZIMIN Jenzer Motorsport 1.47.279 12 1.128
25 16 L. CORDEIRO Carlin 1.47.29 12 1.139
26 29 L. BACHETA RSC Mucke Motorsport 1.47.309 13 1.158
27 6 I. LUKASHEVICH Status Grand Prix 1.47.319 13 1.168
28 14 C. DALY Carlin 1.47.348 12 1.197
29 9 V. GHIRELLI Jenzer Motorsport 1.47.625 13 1.474
30 22 Z. AMBERG Atech CRS GP 1.47.739 14 1.588
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