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06/16/11
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Sims leads the way in Valencia
Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims was the fastest man on track at a scorching hot Circuit de la Comunitat Valencia-Ricardo Tormo today, after setting the best time of 1:27.394 during the morning session of Day 1 of the final two-day mid-season test.

Today marked the start of the final GP3 Series mid-season test, and with the experts predicting that temperatures could rise above thirty degrees in Valencia today, all the drivers were quick to feed out onto the track for their initial installation laps when the lights turned green. Addax Team’s Gabby Chaves was the first driver to set a benchmark time of 1:27.913, with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs second quickest for Marussia Manor.

Sophomore Nico Müller found some extra time in his Jenzer car and briefly moved top of the timings ahead of rookie Chaves, but with just one hour gone in the session Sims edged ahead after setting a 1:27.751 laptime. From then on, the majority of the morning times were mostly static as teams used the time to continue developing a good understanding of the Pirelli P Zero soft slick tyres and concentrate on setups rather than quick times. At the end of the sessions Sims’s time remained unbeaten at the top ahead of Quaife-Hobbs, RSC Mücke Motorsport’s Michael Christensen, Müller and MW Arden’s Lewis Williamson. 

It was the Lotus ART trio of Valtteri Bottas, James Calado and Pedro Nunes who were planted firmly at the top of the timesheet for the first half of the afternoon session, until Dane Michael Christensen split the teammates to go second quickest. Marussia Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto was behind the leading quartet, followed by his teammates Quaife-Hobbs and Matias Laine in sixth and seventh respectively. During the session teams were once again busy working on race simulations and setups ahead of Round 3 at Valencia Street Circuit next week.

With thirty minutes remaining, Sims took his place back at the top of the timings, but a red flag just ten minutes from the end of the session ensured a last minute shootout with nearly all the field heading back out on track for one final run when the lights turned green. In the dying minutes, Haryanto put together his best lap of the day to snatch the top spot bumping Sims into second, ahead of Bottas, Williamson, Dillmann, Quaife-Hobbs, Antonio Felix Da Costa, Laine, Christensen and Müller.

GP3 Series will be back on track tomorrow for the second and final day of testing at Circuit de la Comunitat Valencia-Ricardo Tormo.

Morning session times:

Pos. # Driver Team Nat. Best Lap Laps Gap
1 4 SIMS,Alexander Status G.P. GBR 01:27,394 16 0.000
2 10 QUAIFE,Adrian Marussia Manor GBR 01:27,647 21 00:00,253
3 30 CHRISTENSEN,Michael RSC Mücke MS DEN 01:27,755 22 00:00,361
4 7 MÜLLER,Nico Jenzer MS SUI 01:27,824 24 00:00,430
5 28 WILLIAMSON,Lewis MW Arden GBR 01:27,878 28 00:00,484
6 31 MELKER,Nigel RSC Mücke MS NED 01:27,906 20 00:00,512
7 24 CHAVES,Gabby Addax Team COL 01:27,913 21 00:00,519
8 17 VAINIO,Aaro Tech 1 Racing FIN 01:27,964 30 00:00,570
9 26 EVANS,Mitch MW Arden NZL 01:27,974 30 00:00,580
10 22 AMBERG,Zoel Atech CRS GP SUI 01:27,977 27 00:00,583
11 23 DILLMANN,Tom Addax Team FRA 01:28,017 25 00:00,623
12 5 DACOSTA,Antonio F. Status G.P. POR 01:28,024 26 00:00,630
13 12 LAINE,Matias Marussia Manor FIN 01:28,049 30 00:00,655
14 27 TRUMMER,Simon MW Arden SUI 01:28,054 19 00:00,660
15 20 STOCKINGER,Marlon Atech CRS GP PHI 01:28,125 16 00:00,731
16 9 GHIRELLI,Vittorio Jenzer MS ITA 01:28,181 23 00:00,787
17 15 MORAD,Daniel Carlin CAN 01:28,192 39 00:00,798
18 19 KISS,Tamas P. Tech 1 Racing HUN 01:28,194 24 00:00,800
19 21 YELLOLY,Nick Atech CRS GP GBR 01:28,251 35 00:00,857
20 6 LUKASHEVICH,Ivan Status G.P. RUS 01:28,491 24 00:01,097
21 16 CORDEIRO,Leonardo Carlin BRA 01:28,509 39 00:01,115
22 8 ZIMIN,Maxim Jenzer MS RUS 01:28,516 28 00:01,122
23 29 BACHETA,Luciano RSC Mücke MS GBR 01:28,676 33 00:01,282
24 25 MONJE,Fernando Addax Team ESP 01:28,889 21 00:01,495
25 11 HARYANTO,Rio Marussia Manor INA 01:28,942 25 00:01,548
26 18 HYLKEMA,Thomas Tech 1 Racing NED 01:29,071 27 00:01,677
27 14 DALY,Conor Carlin USA 01:29,145 20 00:01,751
28 3 CALADO,James Lotus ART GBR START 1 -
29 1 NUNES,Pedro Lotus ART BRA START 2 -
30 2 BOTTAS,Valtteri Lotus ART FIN START 1 -


Afternoon session times:

Pos. # Driver Team Nat. Best Lap Laps Gap
1 11 HARYANTO,Rio Marussia Manor INA 01:28,409 30 0.000
2 4 SIMS,Alexander Status G.P. GBR 01:28,441 32 00:00,032
3 2 BOTTAS,Valtteri Lotus ART FIN 01:28,537 31 00:00,128
4 28 WILLIAMSON,Lewis MW Arden GBR 01:28,626 23 00:00,217
5 23 DILLMANN,Tom Addax Team FRA 01:28,679 14 00:00,270
6 10 QUAIFE,Adrian Marussia Manor GBR 01:28,717 31 00:00,308
7 5 DACOSTA,Antonio F. Status G.P. POR 01:28,754 29 00:00,345
8 12 LAINE,Matias Marussia Manor FIN 01:28,835 19 00:00,426
9 30 CHRISTENSEN,Michael RSC Mücke MS DEN 01:28,846 32 00:00,437
10 7 MÜLLER,Nico Jenzer MS SUI 01:28,936 19 00:00,527
11 26 EVANS,Mitch MW Arden NZL 01:28,973 25 00:00,564
12 27 TRUMMER,Simon MW Arden SUI 01:29,036 27 00:00,627
13 16 CORDEIRO,Leonardo Carlin BRA 01:29,037 23 00:00,628
14 19 KISS,Tamas P. Tech 1 Racing HUN 01:29,066 26 00:00,657
15 3 CALADO,James Lotus ART GBR 01:29,137 34 00:00,728
16 14 DALY,Conor Carlin USA 01:29,139 34 00:00,730
17 17 VAINIO,Aaro Tech 1 Racing FIN 01:29,143 31 00:00,734
18 24 CHAVES,Gabby Addax Team COL 01:29,150 13 00:00,741
19 6 LUKASHEVICH,Ivan Status G.P. RUS 01:29,200 31 00:00,791
20 1 NUNES,Pedro Lotus ART BRA 01:29,343 28 00:00,934
21 29 BACHETA,Luciano RSC Mücke MS GBR 01:29,426 28 00:01,017
22 22 AMBERG,Zoel Atech CRS GP SUI 01:29,549 24 00:01,140
23 25 MONJE,Fernando Addax Team ESP 01:29,622 16 00:01,213
24 15 MORAD,Daniel Carlin CAN 01:29,646 22 00:01,237
25 9 GHIRELLI,Vittorio Jenzer MS ITA 01:29,661 32 00:01,252
26 20 STOCKINGER,Marlon Atech CRS GP PHI 01:29,798 28 00:01,389
27 31 MELKER,Nigel RSC Mücke MS NED 01:29,898 13 00:01,489
28 8 ZIMIN,Maxim Jenzer MS RUS 01:29,947 19 00:01,538
29 18 HYLKEMA,Thomas Tech 1 Racing NED 01:30,227 23 00:01,818
30 21 YELLOLY,Nick Atech CRS GP GBR 01:30,522 22 00:02,113
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