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Mitch Evans will set off from pole position for this afternoon’s opening GP3 race of the weekend at the Nürburgring. The New Zealander will head the grid from Portugal’s António Félix da Costa, only 35 thousandths of a second off the leading pace.
Prior to Formula 1 action in Germany, GP3 kicked proceedings off on a track which – for the moment – remains dry. In fact, the field enjoyed somewhat rare sunshine as the session began at quarter to ten, with a series of drivers immediately challenging for the top spot.
Halfway through, Frenchman Top Dillmann topped the timesheets as the first driver to break through the 1:50.000 barrier, sitting comfortably ahead of Scotland’s Lewis Williamson before Gabby Chaves of Colombia improved to second place.
As the lap times changed frantically, Félix da Costa confidently grabbed provisional pole with just four minutes left on the clock, with Evans then trumping his lap time. Dillmann – who looks strong for victory this afternoon – saw his last run ruined by traffic, meaning he could manage no more than fourth behind Indonesian Rio Haryanto.
Championship leader Alexander Sims of England – who is now only a single point ahead of pole man Evans in the championship - will start from seventh, sandwiched by British compatriots Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and the aforementioned Williamson.
This afternoon’s first GP3 race begins at 5:20pm local time (BST +1)
|1.||M. Evans||MW Arden||01:49.366||12|
|2.||A. Felix da Costa||Status||01:49.401||12|
|5.||A. Vainio||Tech 1||01:49.506||12|
|8.||L. Williamson||MW Arden||01:49.755||12|
|9.||J. Calado||Lotus ART||01:49.803||12|
|10.||Z. Amberg||Atech CRS||01:49.811||13|
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