Lotus one-two in opening Valencia practice
22 June 2012 – The GP3 drivers were first to kick-off track action in Valencia on Friday morning, with Finland’s Aaro Vainio topping the timesheets and just missing out on a lap time of under two minutes. The championship leader, driving for Lotus, edged out team-mate Conor Daly as Tio Ellinas completed the top three for Manor.
Thanks to the cement factory which is based just off the street circuit, a large amount of dust only added to the challenge in this opening 45-minute period.
New Zealander Evans, who is currently Vainio’s closest opponent for the title, led early doors before the latter put in his leading effort of 2:00.094. He is set to break into the one-minute bracket in qualifying.
With António Félix da Costa completing the first quintet, British representatives Alice Powell, Will Buller and Alex Brundle finished in respective ninth, tenth and 14th places.
GP3 Qualifying begins at 9:45am local time (BST +1) on Saturday