GP3 Series

Ellinas Heads GP3 Practice Session Halted By Power Cut

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Tio Ellinas - Photo Credit: GP3 Media Service

Tio Ellinas recorded the fastest time in a GP3 practice session at Hockenheim that was interrupted by a power cut at the German circuit.

The session began with a wet track, but most waited until it became dry enough to fit slicks before venturing out on track. That moment came 15 minutes into the 45 minute session, but the action was quickly disrupted by a red flag due to a power cut.

The clock was stopped, and 15 minutes were left when the session resumed. Cypriot driver Ellinas moved ahead and although those behind him improved in the final few minutes he remained the only man below the 1m33s mark.

David Fumanelli finished up second quickest, 0.239s behind Ellinas as he returns to action after he missed the Silverstone races to fly home due to an ill family member. He edged out title contender Aaro Vainio by just one thousandth of a second. The Finn carries a ten-place grid penalty into the weekend.

Silverstone race winner Antonio Felix da Costa was close behind in fourth, ahead of Patric Niederhauser. Home racer Daniel Abt completed fewer laps than everybody else but still took sixth, ahead of championship leader Mitch Evans, who was leading the times at the time of the power cut.

Conor Daly was eighth, ahead of Tamas Pal Kiss and Silverstone reverse grid race winner William Buller. Matias Laine was 11th, ahead of Marlon Stockinger, who in turn was one place ahead of new Status Grand Prix teammate and series returnee Lewis Williamson.

Kevin Ceccon was 14th, ahead of Robert Visoiu and Dmitry Suranovich, who featured near the top of the timing screens earlier in the session after putting in more laps on slicks than the others to bein with.

Alex Brundle posted the fastest time with around ten minutes to go but slipped all the way down to 17th, ahead of Giovanni Venturini, Fabiano Machado and Vicky Piria, who edged out fellow female racer Alice Powell by six hundredths of a second – Powell having done several laps on wets at the start.

Robert Cregan, Ethan Ringel and Carmen Jorda rounded out the 24 runners for this weekend.

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