“Stanaway quickest in GP3 practice”

© Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
© Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.

Richie Stanaway ended GP3 Series practice at the Hockenheimring as the quickest man yesterday.

The Status Grand Prix man ended the session just two-tenths up on ART Grand Prix racer and local man Marvin Kirchhöfer, while Stanaway’s teammate Nick Yelloly claimed 3rd.

Despite the close of the evening, practice was still held very much in hot conditions, as track temperatures remained in the mid-40s° Celsius range, ensuring

Stanaway’s quickest reference point – a 1:29.473 – came in the five minutes of the session, although the Kiwi had spent much of the session near the top of the order.

ART Grand Prix also had a second car in the top four as Dino Zamparelli ran well, just edging ahead of Patrick Kujala (Koiranen GP) and Emil Bernstorff (Carlin) – the latter of whom enjoyed an adventured through the gravel at one point.

Patric Niederhauser (Arden) was the first of the driver’s unable to breach the 1’30s barrier. He pipped points leader Alex Lynn (Carlin) by just 0.008s come the end of the 45-minute session. Lynn’s title rival Jimmy Eriksson (Koiranen) could do no better than 22nd.

There were two quite embarrassing moments, as first Adderly Fong ran wide at turn one, but kept his foot down and eventually lost control, pitching him into the inside barriers at pit exit.
Also Riccardo Agostini ended the practice beached on the fake grass in the stadium section after he ran off at the tail end of the session.

It may matter little. This is only practice and qualifying comes later this morning and conditions may vary wildly under the morning sun.

2014 GP3 Round of Germany (Rd 4, Free Practice)
Pos Driver               Team       Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Richie Stanaway      Status     1m29.473s           16
 2. Marvin Kirchhöfer    ART        1m29.678s  +0.205s  18
 3. Nick Yelloly         Status     1m29.729s  +0.256s  14
 4. Dino Zamparelli      ART        1m29.740s  +0.267s  18
 5. Patrick Kujala       Manor      1m29.792s  +0.319s  20
 6. Emil Bernstorff      Carlin     1m29.814s  +0.341s  18
 7. Patric Niederhauser  Arden      1m30.085s  +0.612s  21
 8. Alex Lynn            Carlin     1m30.093s  +0.620s  17
 9. Roman de Beer        Trident    1m30.241s  +0.768s  20
10. Riccardo Agostini    Hilmer     1m30.295s  +0.822s  18
11. Dean Stoneman        Manor      1m30.352s  +0.879s  18
12. Alex Fontana         ART        1m30.459s  +0.986s  19
13. Mitchell Gilbert     Trident    1m30.475s  +1.002s  17
14. Luis Sa Silva        Carlin     1m30.543s  +1.070s  18
15. Sebastian Balthasar  Hilmer     1m30.609s  +1.136s  25
16. Robert Visoiu        Arden      1m30.621s  +1.148s  20
17. Pal Varhaug          Jenzer     1m30.627s  +1.154s  22
18. Matheo Tuscher       Jenzer     1m30.706s  +1.233s  22
19. Nelson Mason         Hilmer     1m30.727s  +1.254s  18
20. Jann Mardenborough   Arden      1m30.768s  +1.295s  22
21. Alfonso Celis        Status     1m30.770s  +1.29?s  18
22. Jimmy Eriksson       Koiranen   1m30.979s  +1.506s  16
23. Ryan Cullen          Manor      1m31.166s  +1.693s  22
24. Adderly Fong         Jenzer     1m31.792s  +2.319s  13
25. Victor Carbone       Trident    1m31.813s  +2.340s  14
26. Santiago Urrutia     Koiranen   1m32.401s  +2.928s  18
27. Carmen Jorda         Koiranen   1m35.289s  +5.816s  19

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