Zamparelli leads ART 1-2-3 in Rain-Affected Spa Practice


Dino Zamparelli continued his recent strong pace by setting the fastest time of the GP3 Series free practice session at Spa-Francorchamps, leading an ART Grand Prix 1-2-3 ahead of Marvin Kirchhofer and Alex Fontana.

The session was rain-affected, and saw a massive crash for Trident Racing’s debutant Konstantin Tereschenko, with the Russian losing control of his car approaching the Bus Stop chicane. He was launched by the kerbing into a frighteningly high roll before coming to rest, luckily the right way up, against the barrier with flames pouring out of the back.

The accident caused the session to be stopped, but the Russian was able to walk away unscathed but his mechanics will need to put in a good shift to get him back on track for qualifying first thing Saturday morning.

The session was restarted but the rain had come down harder, and it was red flagged for good a few minutes early when Ryan Cullen crashed his Marussia Manor Racing machine at Eau Rouge and made light contact with the barrier.

All of the fastest times were set early in the session, with Zamparelli taking top spot away from the Carlin of Red Bull-backed Alex Lynn, and after that was never headed. Lynn was demoted by Kirchhofer and Fontana to end the session fourth, ahead of team-mate Emil Bernstorff in fifth.

Matheo Tuscher was the best placed of the Jenzer Motorsport trio in sixth, ahead of Nick Yelloly of Status Grand Prix in seventh. Jimmy Eriksson was eighth for Koiranen GP ahead of Richie Stanaway in the second Status machine in ninth, while Patrick Kujala completed the top ten for Marussia Manor Racing.

Spa-Francorchamps Practice Times

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Dino Zamparelli GBR ART Grand Prix 2:07.021
2 Marvin Kirchhofer GER ART Grand Prix 2:07.372
3 Alex Fontana SWI ART Grand Prix 2:07.392
4 Alex Lynn GBR Carlin 2:07.437
5 Emil Bernstorff GBR Carlin 2:07.696
6 Matheo Tuscher SWI Jenzer Motorsport 2:08.035
7 Nick Yelloly GBR Status Grand Prix 2:08.232
8 Jimmy Eriksson SWE Koiranen GP 2:08.271
9 Richie Stanaway NZL Status Grand Prix 2:08.341
10 Patrick Kujala FIN Marussia Manor Racing 2:08.374
11 Pal Varhaug NOR Jenzer Motorsport 2:08.495
12 Riccardo Agostini ITA Hilmer Motorsport 2:08.648
13 Luca Ghiotto ITA Trident Racing 2:08.674
14 Luis Sa Silva MAC Carlin 2:08.791
15 Santiago Urrutia URU Koiranen GP 2:08.826
16 Nelson Mason CAN Hilmer Motorsport 2:08.861
17 Jann Mardenborough GBR Arden International 2:08.918
18 Patric Niederhauser SWI Arden International 2:09.627
19 Ryan Cullen GBR Marussia Manor Racing 2:09.843
20 Kevin Ceccon ITA Jenzer Motorsport 2:10.228
21 John Bryant-Meisner SWE Trident Racing 2:11.488
22 Konstantin Tereschenko RUS Trident Racing 2:12.027
23 Alfonso Celis Jr MEX Status Grand Prix 2:12.213
24 Robert Visoiu ROM Arden International 2:12.241
25 Sebastian Balthasar GER Hilmer Motorsport 2:12.754
26 Carmen Jorda ESP Koiranen GP 2:14.456
27 Dean Stoneman GBR Marussia Manor Racing 2:18.487