Ceccon Tops GP3 Free Practice at Monza

Kevin Ceccon was fastest in GP3 Series free practice in front of his home fans at Monza as Jenzer Motorsport had its most impressive session of the season so far.

The session began on a wet track but dried sufficiently to allow drivers to set lap times on slick tyres before the end of the session.

Ceccon’s time of 1:38.656s was quick enough to beat Marussia Manor Racing’s Patrick Kujala into second place by 0.044s, while Matheo Tuscher was third in the second Jenzer Motorsport machine, a further 0.016s behind.

Romanian Robert Visoiu was fourth fastest for Arden International ahead of Emil Bernstorff of Carlin, while Dean Stoneman was sixth for Marussia Manor Racing.

Patric Niederhauser was seventh for Arden International and will want to have a good weekend to help him forget about his nightmare Spa-Francorchamps efforts where he crashed out of both races.

The third and final Jenzer Motorsport machine of Pal Varhaug completed the top eight, while Riccardo Agostini was ninth for Hilmer Motorsport.

0.072s separated championship rivals Richie Stanaway of Status Grand Prix and Alex Lynn of Carlin, with the New Zealander tenth and the Briton twelfth behind his team-mate Luis Sa Silva.

Monza Free Practice Times

1 Kevin Ceccon ITA Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.656
2 Patrick Kujala FIN Marussia Manor Racing 1:38.700
3 Matheo Tuscher SWI Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.716
4 Robert Visoiu ROM Arden International 1:38.890
5 Emil Bernstorff GBR Carlin 1:38.911
6 Dean Stoneman GBR Marussia Manor Racing 1:38.913
7 Patric Niederhauser SWI Arden International 1:39.093
8 Pal Varhaug NOR Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.143
9 Riccardo Agostini ITA Hilmer Motorsport 1:39.159
10 Richie Stanaway NZL Status Grand Prix 1:39.223
11 Luis Sa Silva MAC Carlin 1:39.244
12 Alex Lynn GBR Carlin 1:39.295
13 Jann Mardenborough GBR Arden International 1:39.375
14 Dino Zamparelli GBR ART Grand Prix 1:39.447
15 Santiago Urrutia URU Koiranen GP 1:39.486
16 Marvin Kirchhofer GER ART Grand Prix 1:39.616
17 Nick Yelloly GBR Status Grand Prix 1:39.780
18 Alex Fontana SWI ART Grand Prix 1:39.800
19 Jimmy Eriksson SWE Koiranen GP 1:39.921
20 Ryan Cullen GBR Marussia Manor Racing 1:39.971
21 Luca Ghiotto ITA Trident Racing 1:40.064
22 Mitch Gilbert AUS Trident Racing 1:40.125
23 Sebastian Balthasar GER Hilmer Motorsport 1:40.169
24 Nelson Mason CAN Hilmer Motorsport 1:40.398
25 Alfonso Celis Jr MEX Status Grand Prix 1:40.589
26 John Bryant-Meisner SWE Trident Racing 1:41.440
27 Carmen Jorda ESP Koiranen GP 1:42.439