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Dillmann Quickest In GP3 Second Practice At Valencia

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Tom Dillmann set the quickest time in the second GP3 free practice session at Valencia. The Frenchman is returning to the series this weekend with the Addax team after missing the previous round in Barcelona.

Mitch Evans, who scored his maiden GP3 win in Barcelona, set the pace for much of the session in his MW Arden car. The New Zealander held onto top spot until the closing minutes, when his time was bettered by James Calado.

The Briton didn't stay on top for long though, as he was soon pushed down to second by his ART teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Dillmann went quickest before the checkered flag though, six hundredths quicker than Calado, who got back ahead of Bottas. Dillmann's teammate Dean Smith moved into fourth place behind the two ART men and ahead of Evans.

Aaro Vainio was sixth for Tech 1 ahead of Ivan Lukashevich who was a surprise fastest of the Status trio. Daniel Morad was eighth for Carlin, with Lewis Williamson ninth and Nico Muller tenth.

Morning pacesetter Alexander Sims could only manage 13th quickest, with championship leader Nigel Melker 20th. The top 21 drivers were all covered by a second, promising a close battle in qualifying on Saturday morning.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Tom Dillmann Addax Team 1:58.969   14
2 James Calado Lotus ART 1:59.029 0.060 13
3 Valtteri Bottas Lotus ART 1:59.050 0.081 12
4 Dean Smith Addax Team 1:59.151 0.182 14
5 Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:59.202 0.233 13
6 Aaro Vainio Tech 1 Racing 1:59.242 0.273 14
7 Ivan Lukashevich Status Grand Prix 1:59.287 0.318 13
8 Daniel Morad Carlin 1:59.345 0.376 13
9 Lewis Williamson MW Arden 1:59.407 0.438 14
10 Nico Muller Jenzer Motorsport 1:59.441 0.472 14
11 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Marussia Manor Racing 1:59.503 0.534 13
12 Michael Christensen RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:59.550 0.581 12
13 Alexander Sims Status Grand Prix 1:59.614 0.645 13
14 Simon Trummer MW Arden 1:59.615 0.646 13
15 Gabby Chaves Addax Team 1:59.640 0.671 13
16 Matias Laine Marussia Manor Racing 1:59.699 0.730 14
17 Pedro Nunes Lotus ART 1:59.751 0.782 13
18 Antonio Felix Da Costa Status Grand Prix 1:59.757 0.788 13
19 Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 1:59.868 0.899 14
20 Nigel Melker RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:59.914 0.945 14
21 Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 Racing 1:59.954 0.985 14
22 Conor Daly Carlin 1:59.973 1.004 14
23 Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS GP 1:59.974 1.005 13
24 Rio Haryanto Marussia Manor Racing 2:00.060 1.091 14
25 Zoel Amberg Atech CRS GP 2:00.177 1.208 14
26 Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer Motorsport 2:00.339 1.370 14
27 Luciano Bacheta RSC Mucke Motorsport 2:00.381 1.412 13
28 Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 2:00.383 1.414 13
29 Nick Yelloly Atech CRS GP 2:00.618 1.649 14
30 Thomas Hylkema Tech 1 Racing 2:00.827 1.858 13
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