GP3 Series

Stanaway and Status on Top in Sochi Practice

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Championship outsider Richie Stanaway was fastest in free practice at Sochi as the Status Grand Prix driver aims to cut into the 50-point deficit to Alex Lynn this weekend to have a shot at taking the championship battle to Abu Dhabi next month.

Should Lynn leave Russia with more than a 48-point advantage, he will be crowned the champion this weekend, but Stanaway and a few other drivers will want to prevent that happening.

Stanaway was the only driver to set a lap time underneath 1:53s, with his 1:52.876s almost a quarter of a second clear of Dean Stoneman, who is making his first appearance of the season for Koiranen GP having switched over from the absent Marussia Manor Racing team.

Emil Bernstorff was third quickest for Carlin ahead of compatriot Dino Zamparelli of ART Grand Prix, while Zamparelli’s team-mates Marvin Kirchhofer and Alex Fontana were fifth and seventh, surrounding Lynn’s Carlin.

Nick Yelloly was eighth for Status Grand Prix ahead of Jimmy Eriksson of Koiranen GP, who also has an outside chance at the title, while Matheo Tuscher was tenth for Jenzer Motorsport.

Qualifying for race one takes place on Saturday morning ahead of the opening race in the afternoon.

Sochi Practice Times

1 Richie Stanaway NZL Status Grand Prix 1:52.876
2 Dean Stoneman GBR Koiranen GP 1:53.109
3 Emil Bernstorff GBR Carlin 1:53.184
4 Dino Zamparelli GBR ART Grand Prix 1:53.305
5 Marvin Kirchhofer GER ART Grand Prix 1:53.325
6 Alex Lynn GBR Carlin 1:53.365
7 Alex Fontana SWI ART Grand Prix 1:53.414
8 Nick Yelloly GBR Status Grand Prix 1:53.464
9 Jimmy Eriksson SWE Koiranen GP 1:53.485
10 Matheo Tuscher SWI Jenzer Motorsport 1:53.550
11 Patric Niederhauser SWI Arden International 1:53.570
12 Robert Visoiu ROM Arden International 1:53.591
13 Patrick Kujala FIN Trident Racing 1:53.972
14 Pal Varhaug NOR Jenzer Motorsport 1:54.018
15 Jann Mardenborough GBR Arden International 1:54.062
16 Kevin Ceccon ITA Jenzer Motorsport 1:54.068
17 Nelson Mason CAN Hilmer Motorsport 1:54.518
18 Riccardo Agostini ITA Hilmer Motorsport 1:54.546
19 Alfonso Celis Jr MEX Status Grand Prix 1:54.672
20 Mitchell Gilbert AUS Trident Racing 1:54.915
21 Luis Sa Silva MAC Carlin 1:54.925
22 Santiago Urrutia URU Koiranen GP 1:54.991
23 Nikolay Martsenko RUS Hilmer Motorsport 1:55.669


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