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09/09/11
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Trummer tops dramatic practice session  The final round of the GP3 Series continued this afternoon with the second practice session at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Simon Trummer eventually claimed the top spot with a time of 1:45.103 set on his very last lap. The Swiss driver beat out Tom Dillmann who had been top for the majority of the incident filled session. Lotus ART’s championship contenders Valtteri Bottas and James Calado watched the session from the pits choosing to save their tires for qualifying tomorrow.

The field hit the track in scorching hot conditions, and it was MW Arden who was quickest straight out of the pits with Williamson setting the fastest time ahead of his teammate Trummer until Dillmann set a time to beat, going nearly one second quicker than the leading pair.

Title contender Alexander Sims had a session to forget when just ten minutes in he went off track at the Parabolica, hitting the tire wall – the Brit rejoined the session but was unable to better eleventh spot. Sims wasn’t the only driver to find trouble: Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Lewis Williamson and Daniel Mancinelli were getting a bit too racy on track, and the result was a clash between the two Brits, also at the Parabolica, with Mancinelli also running off at the same corner. 

As the session came to an end Dillmann was holding firm at the top of the time sheet for Addax Team, but with just one minute remaining on the clock Trummer snatched the honors from the Frenchman after slipstreaming teammate Mitch Evans, who had to settle for second. Quaife-Hobbs clung onto third despite his incident, while Evans, Gabby Chaves, Richie Stanaway, Conor Daly, Tamas Pal Kiss, Nigel Melker and Williamson rounded out the top ten.

Next up for GP3 is qualifying tomorrow at 08:45 local time.

Practice 2 times:

POS NO DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME LAPS GAP
1 27 S. TRUMMER SUI MW Arden 1:45.103 14 0.000
2 23 T. DILLMANN FRA Addax Team 1:45.134 13 0.031
3 10 A. QUAIFE-HOBBS GBR Marussia Manor Racing 1:45.142 6 0.039
4 26 M. EVANS NZL MW Arden 1:45.245 14 0.142
5 24 G. CHAVES COL Addax Team 1:45.282 14 0.179
6 1 R. STANAWAY NZL Lotus ART 1:45.379 8 0.276
7 14 C. DALY USA Carlin 1:45.387 15 0.284
8 19 T. PAL KISS HUN Tech 1 Racing 1:45.415 13 0.312
9 31 N. MELKER NED RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:45.447 13 0.344
10 28 L. WILLIAMSON GBR MW Arden 1:45.467 6 0.364
11 4 A. SIMS GBR Status Grand Prix 1:45.638 13 0.535
12 25 V. GHIRELLI ITA Addax Team 1:45.658 14 0.555
13 5 A. FELIX DA COSTA POR Status Grand Prix 1:45.663 14 0.560
14 7 N. MULLER SUI Jenzer Motorsport 1:45.727 13 0.624
15 17 A. VAINIO FIN Tech 1 Racing 1:45.802 13 0.699
16 22 Z. AMBERG SUI Atech CRS GP 1:45.804 14 0.701
17 12 M. LAINE FIN Marussia Manor Racing 1:45.867 15 0.764
18 11 R. HARYANTO INA Marussia Manor Racing 1:45.912 14 0.809
19 30 M. CHRISTENSEN DEN RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:46.032 13 0.929
20 21 N. YELLOLY GBR Atech CRS GP 1:46.051 13 0.948
21 6 I. LUKASHEVICH RUS Status Grand Prix 1:46.098 11 0.995
22 20 M. STOCKINGER PHI Atech CRS GP 1:46.314 7 1.211
23 15 C. MACLEOD GBR Carlin 1:46.353 13 1.250
24 16 L. CORDEIRO BRA Carlin 1:46.446 13 1.343
25 8 M. ZIMIN RUS Jenzer Motorsport 1:46.792 8 1.689
26 18 T. HYLKEMA NED Tech 1 Racing 1:46.872 13 1.769
27 29 D. MANCINELLI ITA RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:46.991 6 1.888
28 9 C. HURNI SUI Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.709 13 2.606
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