“GP3 Series: Zamparelli tops crash affected practice”
Dino Zamparelli headed the opening GP3 Series practice session at Spa-Francorchamps this evening.
The Briton led an ART Grand Prix 1-2-3, proving quicker than teammates Marvin Kirchhöfer and Alex Fontana.
The top spot was initially a contest between Zamparelli and Red Bull junior Alex Lynn; however the points leader Lynn was soon jumped in the timings by Kirchhöfer and Fontana.
Lynn would eventually take 4th ahead of Carlin teammate Emil Bernstorff, while Jenzer’s Matheo Tuscher rounded out the top-six.
Trident arrived at the session with a completely new line-up, consisting of Konstantin Tereschenko, John Bryant-Meisner and Luca Ghiotto.
Tereschenko did cause some notoriety on his GP3 debut when he crashed spectacularly at the Bus Stop chicane. The Russian lost control of his Trident machine on the approach into the final corner, sending him toward the crash before clumping the kerb which pitched the 20-year-old into a violent series of barrel-rolls and then a final collision with the tyre barrier.
Despite a brief fire when the oil line split, Tereschenko emerged from the wreck with no injuries.
There was also red flags for offs for Santiago Urrutia and Ryan Cullen, the latter of which ended the session prematurely.
2014 GP3 Series of Round of Belgium (Rd 6, Free Practice) Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Dino Zamparelli ART 2m07.021s 2. Marvin Kirchhofer ART 2m07.372s +0.351s 3. Alex Fontana ART 2m07.392s +0.371s 4. Alex Lynn Carlin 2m07.437s +0.416s 5. Emil Bernstorff Carlin 2m07.696s +0.675s 6. Matheo Tuscher Jenzer 2m08.035s +1.014s 7. Nick Yelloly Status 2m08.232s +1.211s 8. Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen 2m08.271s +1.250s 9. Richie Stanaway Status 2m08.341s +1.320s 10. Patrick Kujala Marussia 2m08.374s +1.353s 11. Pal Varhaug Jenzer 2m08.495s +1.474s 12. Riccardo Agostini Hilmer 2m08.648s +1.627s 13. Luca Ghiotto Trident 2m08.674s +1.653s 14. Luis sa Silva Carlin 2m08.791s +1.770s 15. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen 2m08.826s +1.805s 16. Nelson Mason Hilmer 2m08.861s +1.840s 17. Jann Mardenborough Arden 2m08.918s +1.897s 18. Patric Niederhauser Arden 2m09.627s +2.606s 19. Ryan Cullen Marussia 2m09.843s +2.822s 20. Kevin Ceccon Jenzer 2m10.228s +3.207s 21. John Bryan-Meisner Trident 2m11.488s +4.467s 22. Konstantin Tereschenko Trident 2m12.027s +5.006s 23. Alfonso Celis Status 2m12.213s +5.192s 24. Robert Visoiu Arden 2m12.241s +5.220s 25. Sebastian Balthasar Hilmer 2m12.754s +5.733s 26. Carmen Jorda Koiranen 2m14.456s +7.435s 27. Dean Stoneman Marussia 2m18.487s +11.466s