Jack Aitken leads the way in Malaysian practice

by Chloe Hewitt

Briton Jack Aitken topped the first ever GP3 Series session at the Sepang International Circuit, lapping at a 1:50.883 with DAMSKevin Jörg and ART Grand Prix‘s Nyck de Vries completing the top three.

There has been two changes since the last round at Monza, with 18-year-old Alessio Lorandi coming in for Jenzer Motorsport and Koiranen GP running with just two drivers – Matevos Isaakyan and Matthew Parry.

The early pace was set by Alexander Albon, ahead of his team-mate de Vries and Jake Hughes. Trident and Ferrari Academy Driver Antonio Fuoco took over in P2 soon after.

Albon was also the first to lap in the 1m51s, soon followed by team mate Nirei Fukuzumi. Sandy Stuvik was on the tails of his countryman lapping just 0.001s shy.

Series leader Charles Leclerc then took his turn at the top of the pile before being bettered by team-mate de Vries.

Aitken was on a charge and soon shot to P1, before de Vries retaliated to take P1 from the Briton. Another driver surging up the timesheet was Jörg who shot to the top in the final moments, before Aitken once again claimed P1 as the chequered flag dropped.

Aitken topped the session from Jörg, De Vries, Jake Dennis, Santino Ferrucci, Maini, Albon, Fukuzumi, Leclerc and Akash Nandy.

The drivers next take to track for qualifying which takes place at 16.50 local time on Friday.

Sepang International Circuit Practice Results

111Jack AitkenGBRArden International1m50.883
228Kevin JörgSUIDAMS 1m51.050
34Nyck de VriesNEDART Grand Prix1m50.176
49Jake DennisGBRArden International1m51.209
526Santino FerrucciUSADAMS 1m51.258
620Arjun MainiINDJenzer Motorsport1m51.270
73Alexander AlbonTHAART Grand Prix1m51.361
82Nirei FukuzumiJPNART Grand Prix1m51.511
91Charles LeclercMONART Grand Prix1m51.555
1018Akash NandyMASJenzer Motorsport1m51.605
1123Steijn SchothorstNEDCampos Racing1m51.688
1214Matthew ParryGBRKoiranen GP1m51.721
1327Jake HughesGBRDAMS 1m51.751
1422Alex PalouESPCampos Racing1m51.754
155Antonio FuocoITATrident1m51.844
168Sandy StuvikTHATrident1m51.874
1719Alessio LorandiITAJenzer Motorsport1m52.233
187Giuliano AlesiFRATrident1m52.417
1910Tatiana Calderon COLArden International1m52.818
206Artur JanoszPOLTrident1m52.874
2124Konstantin TereschenkoRUSCampos Racing1m53.016
2216Matevos IsaakyanRUSKoiranen GP1m53.154

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