Nigel Melker’s best laptime of 1:34.747 set during the final morning session at Circuito de Jerez went unbeaten this afternoon as post-season testing ended bringing the 2010 season officially to a close.  

A total of thirty-seven of the most promising young driver talents around the globe took part in the three-day test in Spain this week, all with an eye to snapping up one of the thirty coveted race seats next season. There were no new faces for this final day, but there was some more seat swapping: most notably Rio Haryanto was back at ART Grand Prix, Alexander Sims was behind the wheel of the #4 Status GP car, Antonio Felix da Costa and Conor Daly joined Callum Macleod at Carlin and finally Miki Monras headed to Tech 1 Racing. The GP3 seasoned drivers were back in business during the morning, dominating the top five positions in the session. RSC Mücke Motorsport’s Melker lead for the duration of the morning and finished just 0.211 seconds ahead of MW Arden’s Michael Christensen. The top twenty-three drivers were separated by less than one second showing how close the competition is between the racers. After making the switch to Addax Team for the final day of testing, Roberto Merhi had a strong session in third spot, and Christensen’s teammate Simon Trummer was fourth. Jenzer’s Nico Mü  ller was fifth ahead of ART Grand Prix’s James Calado. Carlos Sainz Jnr, Carlos Munoz, Sims and Tamas Pal Kiss rounded out the top ten. The final afternoon session was dominated by Christensen in his #22 MW Arden car. The Dutch driver claimed the top spot straight out the pits, and the rest of the field were unable to respond. The result marked the end of an extremely strong test for Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber’s team, who finished the 2010 season in seventh spot. The team has topped the times in four out of the six sessions this week. Haryanto was the second quickest driver of the afternoon for GP3 Series Teams’ Champions ART Grand Prix, and Sims was third quickest for Status GP. Christensen’s teammates Trummer and Matias Laine filled the next spots putting all three MW Arden cars in the top five.     

Once again the reliability of the GP3 car has been exceptional during all three days of the test. The thirty cars have completed 6332 laps between them, totalling 28,038 kilometres.  

The GP3 Series teams will now be taking a well earned break from running until they return in the New Year for pre-season testing.

Morning session times:

POS    DRIVER TEAM LAPS  TIMES GAP

1 /10   Nigel MELKER RSC MÜCKE MOTORSPORT /37/ 1:34.747/    —-

2 /22   Michael CHRISTENSEN     MW ARDEN 27 /1:34.958 /0.211

3 /19   Roberto MERHI ADDAX TEAM 29 /1:34.980/ 0.233

 4 /21   Simon TRUMMER MW ARDEN 31/ 1:35.020/ 0.273

5 /25   Nico MULLER JENZER MOTORSPORT 34 /1:35.036/ 0.289

6 /1   James CALADO ART GRAND PRIX 39/ 1:35.073 /0.326

7 /17   Carlos SAINZ Jr ADDAX TEAM 41/ 1:35.073 /0.326

8 /11   Carlos MUÑOZ RSC MÜCKE MOTORSPORT 40/ 1:35.131 /0.384

9 /4   Alexander SIMS STATUS GRAND PRIX 39 /1:35.161 /0.414

10/ 31   Tamas P’AL KISS ATECH CRS GP 33/ 1:35.188 /0.441

11 /8   Robin FRIJNS MANOR RACING 29 /1:35.283 /0.536

12 /12   Willi STEINDL RSC MÜCKE MOTORSPORT 52 /1:35.285 /0.538

13 /15   Antonio F. DA COSTA CARLIN 36 /1:35.326 /0.579

14 /7   Adrien TAMBAY MANOR RACING 38 /1:35.395 /0.648

15 /14   Callum MACLEOD CARLIN 36/ 1:35.475 /0.728

16 /23   Marlon STOCKINGER JENZER MOTORSPORT 47 /1:35.508 /0.761

17 /9   Thomas HYLKEMA MANOR RACING 35 /1:35.545/ 0.798

18 /20   Matias LAINE MW ARDEN 31/ 1:35.562/ 0.815

19 /27   Arthur PIC TECH 1 RACING 49/ 1:35.611 /0.864

20 /5   Leonardo CORDEIRO STATUS GRAND PRIX 50 /1:35.644/ 0.897

21 /26   Aaro VAINIO TECH 1 RACING 51 /1:35.690 /0.943

22 /29   Nick YELLOLY ATECH CRS GP 45 /1:35.715 /0.968

23 /24   Juan C. SISTOS JENZER MOTORSPORT 42 /1:35.733 /0.986

24 /30   Albert COSTA ATECH CRS GP 40 /1:35.829 /1.082

25 /28   Miki MONRAS TECH 1 RACING 41 /1:35.846 /1.099

26 /2   Rio HARYANTO ART GRAND PRIX 26 /1:35.865 /1.118

27 /3   Pedro NUNES ART GRAND PRIX 36 /1:35.904/ 1.157

28 /6   Facu REGALIA STATUS GRAND PRIX 33/ 1:36.066/ 1.319

29 /16   Conor DALY CARLIN 44 /1:36.160/ 1.413

30 /18   Vittorio GHIRELLI ADDAX TEAM 39 1:36.576 /1.829

Afternoon session times:

POS DRIVER TEAM LAPS TIMES GAP

1 /22   Michael CHRISTENSEN MW ARDEN 18/ 1:35.509/ —-

2 /2   Rio HARYANTO ART GRAND PRIX 31/ 1:36.255 /0.746

3 /4   Alexander SIMS STATUS GRAND PRIX 26/ 1:36.337 /0.828

4 /21   Simon TRUMMER MW ARDEN 33/ 1:36.343 0.834

5 /20   Matias LAINE MW ARDEN 34 /1:36.394 0.885

6 /7   Adrien TAMBAY MANOR RACING 37 /1:36.402/ 0.893

7 /25   Nico MULLER JENZER MOTORSPORT 26/ 1:36.441 /0.932

8 /27   Arthur PIC TECH 1 RACING 37/ 1:36.537 /1.028

9 /11   Carlos MUÑOZ RSC MÜCKE MOTORSPORT 33/ 1:36.537 /1.028

10/ 6   Facu REGALIA STATUS GRAND PRIX 30/ 1:36.593 /1.084

11 /15   Antonio F. DA COSTA CARLIN 36 /1:36.609 /0,001

12 /19   Roberto MERHI ADDAX TEAM 28 /1:36.699/ 0,001

13 /1   James CALADO ART GRAND PRIX 29/ 1:36.700 /1.191

14/ 8   Robin FRIJNS MANOR RACING 29/ 1:36.722 /1.213

15 /12   Willi STEINDL RSC MÜCKE MOTORSPORT 46/ 1:36.827/ 1.318

16 /17   Carlos SAINZ Jr ADDAX TEAM 19/ 1:36.838 /1.329

17 /31   Tamas P’AL KISS ATECH CRS GP 19/ 1:36.857 /1.348

18 /14   Callum MACLEOD CARLIN 36/ 1:36.866 /1.357

19 /30   Albert COSTA ATECH CRS GP 18 /1:37.001 /1.492

20 /16   Conor DALY CARLIN 36 /1:37.023 /1.514

21 /10   Nigel MELKER RSC MÜCKE MOTORSPORT 21/ 1:37.024/ 1.515

22 /3   Pedro NUNES ART GRAND PRIX 28 /1:37.079/ 0,002

23 /9   Thomas HYLKEMA MANOR RACING 40 /1:37.108/ 1.599

24 /24   Juan C. SISTOS JENZER MOTORSPORT 40/ 1:37.157/ 1.648

25 /28   Miki MONRAS TECH 1 RACING 40/ 1:37.194/ 1.685

26 /26   Aaro VAINIO TECH 1 RACING 31/ 1:37.212/ 1.703

27 /29   Nick YELLOLY ATECH CRS GP 14/ 1:37.229 /0,002

28 /23   Marlon STOCKINGER JENZER MOTORSPORT 30 /1:37.460/ 1.951

29 /5   Leonardo CORDEIRO STATUS GRAND PRIX 25 /1:37.489 /0,002

30 /18   Vittorio GHIRELLI ADDAX TEAM /29 /1:37.589 /0,002