Yelloly Leads GP3 Practice as Stoneman Crashes

Briton Nick Yelloly set the fastest time in a disrupted free practice ahead of this weekend’s GP3 Series races around the Silverstone circuit. The Status Grand Prix driver was 0.294s faster than fellow Briton Dino Zamparelli, but another home driver Dean Stoneman ended his session with his Marussia Manor Racing machine in the Stowe barriers, which resulted in a red flag period.

Yelloly’s best time came after the session resumed after Stoneman’s car was cleared from the crash scene. The ART Grand Prix duo of Zamparelli and Marvin Kirchhofer were second and third, and the only other two drivers to set lap times under the 1:48s barrier.

Another Briton, this time Emil Bernstorff, was the leading Carlin driver in fourth; the winner of the second race in Austria just beating Jann Mardenborough of Arden International by 0.062s.

Alex Fontana was sixth in the third and final ART Grand Prix entry, ahead of Patrick Kujala of Marussia Manor Racing, while Alfonso Celis Jr impressed to finish eighth for Status Grand Prix. Matheo Tuscher of Jenzer Motorsport and Roman de Beer of Trident Racing completed the top ten.

The top three in the championship all struggled during the session. Leader Alex Lynn of Carlin could only finish eleventh, second placed Jimmy Eriksson was down in eighteenth for Koiranen GP, with third placed Richie Stanaway thirteenth for Status Grand Prix.

Qualifying takes place first thing on Saturday morning ahead of the first race later that afternoon.

Silverstone Practice Result

1 Nick Yelloly GBR Status Grand Prix 1:47.504
2 Dino Zamparelli GBR ART Grand Prix 1:47.798
3 Marvin Kirchhofer GER ART Grand Prix 1:47.934
4 Emil Bernstorff GBR Carlin 1:48.137
5 Jann Mardenborough GBR Arden International 1:48.199
6 Alex Fontana SWI ART Grand Prix 1:48.244
7 Patrick Kujala FIN Marussia Manor Racing 1:48.316
8 Alfonso Celis Jr MEX Status Grand Prix 1:48.518
9 Matheo Tuscher SWI Jenzer Motorsport 1:48.586
10 Roman de Beer RSA Trident Racing 1:48.605
11 Alex Lynn GBR Carlin 1:48.706
12 Adderly Fong CHN Jenzer Motorsport 1:48.840
13 Richie Stanaway NZL Status Grand Prix 1:48.918
14 Robert Visoiu ROM Arden International 1:48.949
15 Riccardo Agostini ITA Hilmer Motorsport 1:49.133
16 Luis Sa Silva MAC Carlin 1:49.283
17 Nelson Mason CAN Hilmer Motorsport 1:49.366
18 Jimmy Eriksson SWE Koiranen GP 1:49.428
19 Mitch Gilbert AUS Trident Racing 1:49.812
20 Ryan Cullen GBR Marussia Manor Racing 1:49.934
21 Patric Niederhauser SWI Arden International 1:50.124
22 Victor Carbone BRZ Trident Racing 1:50.555
23 Dean Stoneman GBR Marussia Manor Racing 1:50.604
24 Santiago Urrutia URU Koiranen GP 1:51.414
25 Pal Varhaug NOR Jenzer Motorsport 1:52.349
26 Sebastian Balthasar GER Hilmer Motorsport 1:52.697
27 Carmen Jorda ESP Koiranen GP 1:55.008