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Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims set the pace during the GP3 Series mid-season testing in Valencia. The 23-year-old British driver set the quickest time of the two-day test this morning with a laptime of 1:26.842.

In stark contrast to yesterday’s weather, the teams were greeted with cloud overhead this morning at Circuit de la Comunitat Valencia-Ricardo Tormo, and all the drivers hit the track early to make the most of the cooler temperatures. Tom Dillmann was the first to top the times in his Addax machine, but Sims was straight up to speed and quickly snatched the top spot from the Frenchman. Thirty minutes into the session Lewis Williamson showed MW Arden’s pace by setting the quickest time, albeit very briefly – just five minutes later Sims was back on top and his time went unbeaten for the remainder of the session. Dillmann had to settle for second spot ahead of Series leader Nigel Melker and his RSC Mücke Motorsport teammate Michael Christensen. Addax Team’s Gabby Chaves was fifth quickest, followed by Williamson, James Calado, Leonardo Cordeiro, Aaro Vainio and Nico Müller.

By the afternoon, the clouds had passed and the temperature had risen to thirty degrees once more, and the teams spent the rest of the day working on race simulations and setups ahead of Round 3 in Valencia street circuit next week. As Sims continued his good form in the morning session, so did Marussia Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto in the afternoon – the young Indonesian spent nearly the entire second half of the day at the top of the timesheet, ahead of Melker, Calado, Dillmann and Bottas. It wasn’t until the dying minutes that the Indonesian’s time was bettered during the inevitable last minute shootout.

As nearly all the field headed back out on track for one final run, a red flag ten minutes from the end of the session hampered a number of their runs, but RSC Mücke Motorsport’s Christensen found enough clean air to put in his best time of the day and snatch the top spot from Haryanto with just three minutes left on the clock. Haryanto was bumped into second ahead of Melker, Calado, Dillmann, Bottas, Simon Trummer, Chaves and Daniel Morad in what was an incredibly close final session – the top twenty-one drivers were within just one second of each other.

GP3 Series will be back on track next week for Round 3 at the Valencia Street Circuit on 24-25-26 June.

Morning times:

Pos. # Driver Team Nat. Best Lap Laps Gap
1 4 SIMS,Alexander Status G.P. GBR 01:26,842 23
2 23 DILLMANN,Tom Addax Team FRA 01:27,033 38 00:00,191
3 31 MELKER,Nigel RSC Mücke MS NED 01:27,080 31 00:00,238
4 30 CHRISTENSEN,Michael RSC Mücke MS DEN 01:27,093 32 00:00,251
5 24 CHAVES,Gabby Addax Team COL 01:27,162 39 00:00,320
6 28 WILLIAMSON,Lewis MW Arden GBR 01:27,274 31 00:00,432
7 3 CALADO,James Lotus ART GBR 01:27,378 43 00:00,536
8 16 CORDEIRO,Leonardo Carlin BRA 01:27,479 48 00:00,637
9 17 VAINIO,Aaro Tech 1 Racing FIN 01:27,496 27 00:00,654
10 7 MÜLLER,Nico Jenzer MS SUI 01:27,531 30 00:00,689
11 20 STOCKINGER,Marlon Atech CRS GP PHI 01:27,580 35 00:00,738
12 27 TRUMMER,Simon MW Arden SUI 01:27,595 29 00:00,753
13 10 QUAIFE,Adrian Marussia Manor GBR 01:27,595 29 00:00,753
14 2 BOTTAS,Valtteri Lotus ART FIN 01:27,610 36 00:00,768
15 5 DACOSTA,Antonio F. Status G.P. POR 01:27,680 33 00:00,838
16 14 DALY,Conor Carlin USA 01:27,680 41 00:00,838
17 11 HARYANTO,Rio Marussia Manor INA 01:27,775 35 00:00,933
18 29 BACHETA,Luciano RSC Mücke MS GBR 01:27,796 34 00:00,954
19 26 EVANS,Mitch MW Arden NZL 01:27,813 33 00:00,971
20 22 AMBERG,Zoel Atech CRS GP SUI 01:27,862 27 00:01,020
21 6 LUKASHEVICH,Ivan Status G.P. RUS 01:27,909 38 00:01,067
22 12 LAINE,Matias Marussia Manor FIN 01:27,917 32 00:01,075
23 1 NUNES,Pedro Lotus ART BRA 01:27,940 42 00:01,098
24 19 KISS,Tamas P. Tech 1 Racing HUN 01:27,942 21 00:01,100
25 15 MORAD,Daniel Carlin CAN 01:28,032 41 00:01,190
26 8 ZIMIN,Maxim Jenzer MS RUS 01:28,066 35 00:01,224
27 25 MONJE,Fernando Addax Team ESP 01:28,270 35 00:01,428
28 21 YELLOLY,Nick Atech CRS GP GBR 01:28,421 19 00:01,579
29 18 HYLKEMA,Thomas Tech 1 Racing NED 01:28,847 28 00:02,005
30 99 BARBA,Alvaro Jenzer MS ESP 01:29,196 37 00:02,354

Afternoon times:

Pos. # Driver Team Nat. Best Lap Laps Gap
1 30 CHRISTENSEN,Michael RSC Mücke MS DEN 01:28,445 18
2 11 HARYANTO,Rio Marussia Manor INA 01:28,556 32 00:00,111
3 31 MELKER,Nigel RSC Mücke MS NED 01:28,601 47 00:00,156
4 3 CALADO,James Lotus ART GBR 01:28,653 42 00:00,208
5 23 DILLMANN,Tom Addax Team FRA 01:28,662 31 00:00,217
6 2 BOTTAS,Valtteri Lotus ART FIN 01:28,728 33 00:00,283
7 27 TRUMMER,Simon MW Arden SUI 01:28,795 24 00:00,350
8 24 CHAVES,Gabby Addax Team COL 01:28,833 21 00:00,388
9 15 MORAD,Daniel Carlin CAN 01:29,007 36 00:00,562
10 5 DACOSTA,Antonio F. Status G.P. POR 01:29,028 32 00:00,583
11 28 WILLIAMSON,Lewis MW Arden GBR 01:29,031 22 00:00,586
12 12 LAINE,Matias Marussia Manor FIN 01:29,060 35 00:00,615
13 7 MÜLLER,Nico Jenzer MS SUI 01:29,110 33 00:00,665
14 26 EVANS,Mitch MW Arden NZL 01:29,137 31 00:00,692
15 20 STOCKINGER,Marlon Atech CRS GP PHI 01:29,158 37 00:00,713
16 1 NUNES,Pedro Lotus ART BRA 01:29,200 33 00:00,755
17 17 VAINIO,Aaro Tech 1 Racing FIN 01:29,212 21 00:00,767
18 21 YELLOLY,Nick Atech CRS GP GBR 01:29,321 38 00:00,876
19 19 KISS,Tamas P. Tech 1 Racing HUN 01:29,326 26 00:00,881
20 16 CORDEIRO,Leonardo Carlin BRA 01:29,387 28 00:00,942
21 10 QUAIFE,Adrian Marussia Manor GBR 01:29,467 20 00:01,022
22 4 SIMS,Alexander Status G.P. GBR 01:29,536 51 00:01,091
23 25 MONJE,Fernando Addax Team ESP 01:29,542 36 00:01,097
24 14 DALY,Conor Carlin USA 01:29,570 38 00:01,125
25 22 AMBERG,Zoel Atech CRS GP SUI 01:29,615 27 00:01,170
26 8 ZIMIN,Maxim Jenzer MS RUS 01:29,666 27 00:01,221
27 6 LUKASHEVICH,Ivan Status G.P. RUS 01:29,692 29 00:01,247
28 29 BACHETA,Luciano RSC Mücke MS GBR 01:30,023 30 00:01,578
29 18 HYLKEMA,Thomas Tech 1 Racing NED 01:30,228 31 00:01,783