Dillmann tops GP3 practice Fresh off the back of their pole position in the GP2 Series, Addax Team snatched the top spot with Dillmann in what was a closely fought second and final free practice session at the Valencia Street Circuit. The Frenchman’s time of 1:58.969 was just 0.060 seconds quicker than second place man James Calado for Lotus ART, with the top twenty-one drivers separated by less than a second.
The session got underway once again in hot conditions as the drivers battled it out straight out the pits. MW Arden’s Simon Trummer, Lotus ART’s Valtteri Bottas, Carlin’s Daniel Morad and RSC Mücke Motorsport’s Michael Christensen all took turns at the top of the timesheet, but it was MW Arden’s Mitch Evans who set the early pace and kept hold of the top spot.
As the session entered its second half, Evans was holding firm at the top, and the rest of the field set about trying to beat the New Zealanders’ time. Aaro Vainio made an early charge moving up into second spot, but was soon bumped back down the timesheet by the Lotus ART duo of Bottas and Calado.
As the session drew to a close, Dillmann was up into third behind Evans and Bottas, but it was Calado who was the first to find enough time to snatch the top spot from the Kiwi driver, only to be promptly knocked off by teammate Bottas. The times were improving throughout the field, but it was Dillmann who took the honors. The Frenchman finished ahead of Calado, Bottas, Smith, Evans, Vainio, Ivan Lukashevich who finished in his best position so far this season for Status GP, Morad, Lewis Williamson and Nico Muller.
GP3 Series will be back on track tomorrow for qualifying at 12:25 local time.
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