Melker heads practice at Red Bull Ring
3 June 2011 – The Netherlands’ Nigel Melker led the way as the Formula 3 Euro Series returned to Austria’s newly-named Red Bull Ring on Friday. On top in practice with a best effort of 1:25.621, the Mücke Motorsport driver finished ahead of Signature’s Marco Wittmann and recently-appointed Motopark Academy driver Tom Dillmann.
Melker registered his lap time with ten minutes remaining on the clock, with nobody able to better it before the chequered flag flew. Behind Wittmann and Dillmann, Daniel Abt finished fourth as championship leader Roberto Merhi rounded out the top five from team-mate and compatriot Daniel Juncadella.
Laurens Vanthoor, Felix Rosenqvist, Kimiya Sato and Jimmy Eriksson were all inside the first ten prior to this afternoon’s qualifying session.
Qualifying at the Red Bull Ring begins at 2:40pm local time (BST +1)