Richard Gonda on top in Barcelona practice

2016 GP3 Series Round 1. Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Friday 13 May 2016. Richard Gonda (SVK, Jenzer Motorsport). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service. ref: Digital Image _L0U7842

Richard Gonda, one of the sixteen newcomers to the GP3 Series, lead the way in the first practice session with a time of 1m37.032s, with fellow Jenzer Motorsport team-mate Akash Nandy second in front of ART Grand Prix‘s Nyck de Vries.

It was a quiet start to the session with many drivers opting to remain in the pit lane as rain fell.

As the session reached its midway point Koiranen GP‘s Mahaveer Raghunathan jumped to the head of the timing screens ahead of Campos Racing‘s Steijn Schothorst. With fifteen minutes left in the session only five drivers had set a lap time but as the sky started to brighten more headed onto the track.

Santino Ferrucci went quickest and in doing so was the first to lap in the 1m37s before having his time bettered by Nirei Fukuzumi – however the American found extra pace on his next lap and reclaimed P1.

After having just clocked the sixth best time, Trident Motorsport‘s Artur Janosz had a small moment at Turn 1 when he lost the rear of his car forcing him into a spin. Luckily for the Pole he was able to continue.

With five minutes remaining in the session Gonda shot to the top of the timings, and was swiftly followed by Nandy who lapped just a tenth shy of his team-mate.

In the dying moments, Campos’ Konstantin Tereschenko ran wide into a gravel and then made contact with the barrier. The Russian was quickly out of his car but the session was not restarted.

So as the session reached its premature end this meant the top ten stood as: Gonda, Nandy, de Vries, Charles Leclerc, Tereschenko, Ferrucci, Alex PalouAlexander AlbonJake Hughes and Janosz.

Practice One Results

1Richard GondaJenzer Motorsport1:37.032
2Akash NandyJenzer Motorsport1:37.202
3Nyck de VriesART Grand Prix1:37.279
4Charles LeclercART Grand Prix1:37.378
5Konstantin TereshchenkoCampos Racing1:37.460
6Santino FerrucciDAMS 1:37.481
7Alex PalouCampos Racing1:37.550
8Alexander AlbonART Grand Prix1:37.554
9Jake HughesDAMS 1:37.620
10Artur JanoszTrident1:37.623
11Steijn SchothorstCampos Racing1:37.691
12Ralph BoschungKoiranen GP1:37.723
13Nireri Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix1:37.732
14Oscar TunjoJenzer Motorsport1:37.803
15Matthew Parry Koiranen GP1:37.836
16Jack AitkenArden International1:37.987
17Kevin JörgDAMS 1:38.248
18Antonio FuocoTrident1:38.331
19Jake DennisArden International1:38.424
20Tatiana CalderonArden International1:38.483
21Giuliano Alesi Trident1:38.605
22Matevos IssakyanKoiranen GP1:40.103
23Mahaveer RaghunathanKoiranen GP1:40.283
24Sandy StuvikTrident1:41.468