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05/20/11
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Bottas sets the pace in Barcelona  Lotus ART’s Valtteri Bottas put his stamp on Round 2 of the GP3 Series by setting the quickest time in Practice 1 this morning at Circuit de Catalunya in Istanbul with a lap of 1:38.726.

In stark contrast to the opening GP3 round two weeks ago in Istanbul, the teams were greeted today with sunny and hot conditions at the Spanish track. As the morning session got underway, all thirty cars hit the track as soon as the pitlane opened. Marussia Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto was the first driver to put in a lap, but it was MW Arden’s Lewis Williamson who led the way for the first half of the session. The Brit went top with a 1:39.665 lap ahead of Atech CRS GP’s Marlon Stockinger, Marussia Manor Racing’s Matais Laine and Tech 1 Racing’s Tamas Pal Kiss.

Waved yellow flags briefly slowed down proceedings when Antonio Felix Da Costa lost a wheel from his Status Grand Prix car and stopped out on track. As the second half of the session got underway, MW Arden’s Mitch Evans went quickest, but Bottas pushed hard in his Lotus ART machine and moved to the top of the time sheet nudging the New Zealander into second spot. With ten minutes left on the clock, Bottas stayed top ahead of Evans, teammate James Calado, Haryanto, Williamson and Addax Teams’ Dean Smith. Tech 1 Racing’s Antonio Caldarelli moved up into 7th.

With the checkered flag in sight, Evans went for one more last ditch attempt to go top, but he hit traffic and was unable to improve his personal best time. As so the session ended with Bottas top ahead of Evans, Calado, Haryanto, Williamson, Smith, Caldarelli, Series leader Nigel Melker, Aaro Vainio and Pedro Nunes rounding out the top 10.

The GP3 Series will be back on track this afternoon at 17:20 (local time) for the second free practice session.

Practice 1 times:

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP
1 2 V. BOTTAS FIN Lotus ART 1:38.726 13 0.000
2 26 M. EVANS NZL MW Arden 1:38.834 15 0.108
3 3 J. CALADO GBR Lotus ART 1:38.864 11 0.138
4 11 R. HARYANTO INA Marussia Manor Racing 1:39.128 17 0.402
5 28 L. WILLIAMSON GBR MW Arden 1:39.169 13 0.443
6 25 D. SMITH GBR Addax Team 1:39.202 16 0.476
7 18 A. CALDARELLI ITA Tech 1 Racing 1:39.271 15 0.545
8 31 N. MELKER NED RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:39.305 16 0.579
9 17 A. VAINIO FIN Tech 1 Racing 1:39.310 16 0.584
10 1 P. NUNES BRA Lotus ART 1:39.444 12 0.718
11 10 A. QUAIFE-HOBBS GBR Marussia Manor Racing 1:39.447 16 0.721
12 12 M. LAINE FIN Marussia Manor Racing 1:39.522 16 0.796
13 30 M. CHRISTENSEN DEN RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:39.569 16 0.843
14 19 T. PAL KISS HUN Tech 1 Racing 1:39.719 16 0.993
15 20 M. STOCKINGER PHI Atech CRS GP 1:39.788 16 1.062
16 9 V. GHIRELLI ITA Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.924 17 1.198
17 21 N. YELLOLY GBR Atech CRS GP 1:39.950 13 1.224
18 4 A. SIMS GBR Status Grand Prix 1:39.956 15 1.230
19 24 G. CHAVES COL Addax Team 1:40.010 16 1.284
20 7 N. MULLER SUI Jenzer Motorsport 1:40.185 17 1.459
21 22 Z. AMBERG SUI Atech CRS GP 1:40.240 17 1.514
22 15 D. MORAD CAN Carlin 1:40.241 16 1.515
23 16 L. CORDEIRO BRA Carlin 1:40.325 16 1.599
24 27 S. TRUMMER SUI MW Arden 1:40.359 14 1.633
25 14 C. DALY USA Carlin 1:40.410 17 1.684
26 29 L. BACHETA GBR RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:40.538 16 1.812
27 23 D. STOREY NZL Addax Team 1:40.623 16 1.897
28 6 I. LUKASHEVICH RUS Status Grand Prix 1:45.791 6 7.065
29 8 M. ZIMIN RUS Jenzer Motorsport 1:50.154 2 11.428
30 5 A. FELIX DA COSTA POR Status Grand Prix - 1 -
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