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07/22/11
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GP3: Williamson leads the way in Germany  
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The fifth round of 2011 GP3 Series kicked off this morning with the first of two Friday practice sessions at the German circuit, with the British driver picking up where he left off after winning Race 2 in Silverstone two weeks ago. Williamson claimed the top spot with a time of 1:50.766 nearly four tenths quicker than Antonio Felix Da Costa in second.

The field hit the track with Pirelli P Zero slick tires, and Addax Team’s Tom Dillmann led the way early on in the dry but chilly thirteen degree conditions ahead of RSC Mücke Motorsport’s Nigel Melker and Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Müller. MW Arden Mitch Evan’s was the closest to knocking Dillmann into second, but it was Melker who eventually moved ahead followed by Valtteri Bottas for Lotus ART. Williamson had improved to third with Dillmann now down in fourth.

By midway through the session Dillmann was back leading the field ahead of Evans and Marussia Manor Racing’s Adrian Quaife-Hobbs. Melker was still going strong in fourth and James Calado was now the quickest Lotus ART driver in fifth.

In the dying minutes of the session Williamson found the extra time he needed to lead the pack and took the top spot with a 1:51.090 lap. The Scotsman continued to improve his time and no one could match his pace. With the checkered flag in sight Status Grand Prix’s Antonio Felix Da Costa improved to take second ahead of Dillmann, Evans, Rio Haryanto, Calado, Alexander Sims, Aaro Vainio, Michael Christensen and Marlon Stockinger.

Next up for GP3 is practice 2 later today at 16:50 local time.

Practice 1 times:

POS NO DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME LAPS GAP
1 28 L. WILLIAMSON GBR MW Arden 1:50.766 13 0.000
2 5 A. FELIX DA COSTA POR Status Grand Prix 1:51.121 13 0.355
3 23 T. DILLMANN FRA Addax Team 1:51.235 12 0.469
4 26 M. EVANS NZL MW Arden 1:51.275 14 0.509
5 11 R. HARYANTO INA Marussia Manor Racing 1:51.411 15 0.645
6 3 J. CALADO GBR Lotus ART 1:51.458 12 0.692
7 4 A. SIMS GBR Status Grand Prix 1:51.543 14 0.777
8 17 A. VAINIO FIN Tech 1 Racing 1:51.571 14 0.805
9 30 M. CHRISTENSEN DEN RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:51.573 13 0.807
10 20 M. STOCKINGER PHI Atech CRS GP 1:51.576 15 0.810
11 7 N. MULLER SUI Jenzer Motorsport 1:51.625 15 0.859
12 2 V. BOTTAS FIN Lotus ART 1:51.641 11 0.875
13 10 A. QUAIFE-HOBBS GBR Marussia Manor Racing 1:51.670 14 0.904
14 12 M. LAINE FIN Marussia Manor Racing 1:51.670 14 0.904
15 31 N. MELKER NED RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:51.750 14 0.984
16 25 D. SMITH GBR Addax Team 1:51.801 13 1.035
17 24 G. CHAVES COL Addax Team 1:51.945 14 1.179
18 19 T. PAL KISS HUN Tech 1 Racing 1:52.024 14 1.258
19 9 V. GHIRELLI ITA Jenzer Motorsport 1:52.094 15 1.328
20 21 N. YELLOLY GBR Atech CRS GP 1:52.146 15 1.380
21 14 C. DALY USA Carlin 1:52.193 14 1.427
22 1 P. NUNES BRA Lotus ART 1:52.253 4 1.487
23 22 Z. AMBERG SUI Atech CRS GP 1:52.258 14 1.492
24 27 S. TRUMMER SUI MW Arden 1:52.277 14 1.511
25 8 M. ZIMIN RUS Jenzer Motorsport 1:52.297 14 1.531
26 6 I. LUKASHEVICH RUS Status Grand Prix 1:52.346 15 1.580
27 29 L. BACHETA GBR RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:52.783 13 2.017
28 18 T. HYLKEMA NED Tech 1 Racing 1:52.971 14 2.205
29 15 C. MACLEOD GBR Carlin 1:52.978 13 2.212
30 16 L. CORDEIRO BRA Carlin 1:53.318 14 2.552
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