Red Bull backed Alex Lynn continued his strong start to the 2014 GP3 Series season by setting the fastest time of the free practice session ahead of this weekends rounds in Austria. The Briton was 0.587s clear of the field, with Carlin team-mate and fellow Briton Emil Bernstorff leading the chasing pack in second.
Behind the two Carlin entries was Nick Yelloly in the leading Status Grand Prix machine, who was only 0.007s slower than Bernstorff in a closely packed field. Uruguayan Santiago Urrutia was fourth for Koiranen GP, ahead of series debutant Riccardo Agostini for Hilmer Motorsport, who was impressive in his first time in a GP3 car.
Agostini’s Hilmer team-mate Nelson Mason was also impressive as he logged the sixth fastest time, while Finnish driver Patrick Kujala was the quickest of the Marussia Manor Racing drivers in seventh. Romanian Robert Visoiu likewise was the quickest Arden International driver in eighth, while Alfonso Celis Jr for Status Grand Prix and Dino Zamparelli for ART Grand Prix rounded out the top ten.
The session was halted for a brief period to clear up a crash for Trident Racing’s South African racer Roman de Beer, who spun into the pit wall while exiting the final corner. He emerged unscathed and ended the session down in twenty-fourth place. Only 26 drivers are racing in Austria, with Trident only fielding two cars for de Beer and Victor Carbone.
Qualifying for race one takes place tomorrow morning, with the race following later in the afternoon. Race two takes place on Sunday.
Red Bull Ring Practice Result
|3||Nick Yelloly||GBR||Status Grand Prix||1:21.132|
|4||Santiago Urrutia||URU||Koiranen GP||1:21.287|
|5||Riccardo Agostini||ITA||Hilmer Motorsport||1:21.351|
|6||Nelson Mason||CAN||Hilmer Motorsport||1:21.371|
|7||Patrick Kujala||FIN||Marussia Manor Racing||1:21.390|
|8||Robert Visoiu||ROM||Arden International||1:21.411|
|9||Alfonso Celis Jr||MEX||Status Grand Prix||1:21.460|
|10||Dino Zamparelli||GBR||ART Grand Prix||1:21.473|
|11||Matheo Tuscher||SWI||Jenzer Motorsport||1:21.481|
|12||Dean Stoneman||GBR||Marussia Manor Racing||1:21.497|
|13||Marvin Kirchhofer||GER||ART Grand Prix||1:21.548|
|14||Patric Niederhauser||SWI||Arden International||1:21.658|
|15||Jann Mardenborough||GBR||Arden International||1:21.905|
|16||Richie Stanaway||NZL||Status Grand Prix||1:21.952|
|17||Alex Fontana||SWI||ART Grand Prix||1:21.953|
|18||Luis Sa Silva||MAC||Carlin||1:22.026|
|19||Pal Varhaug||NOR||Jenzer Motorsport||1:22.269|
|20||Adderly Fong||CHN||Jenzer Motorsport||1:22.295|
|21||Jimmy Eriksson||SWE||Koiranen GP||1:23.021|
|22||Nikolay Martsenko||RUS||Hilmer Motorsport||1:23.403|
|23||Ryan Cullen||GBR||Marussia Manor Racing||1:23.656|
|24||Roman de Beer||RSA||Trident Racing||1:23.902|
|25||Victor Carbone||BRZ||Trident Racing||1:24.462|
|26||Carmen Jorda||ESP||Koiranen GP||1:24.687|