Trident’s Luca Ghiotto fastest in opening session of the season in Spain
Italian Luca Ghiotto set the pace in Free Practice at the Circuit de Catalunya for Round 1 of the 2015 GP3 Series. His best laptime of 1:36.238 was set in the final minute of the session. His Trident teammate Oscar Tunjo was second with Jenzer Motorsport’s Matheo Tuscher third.
Beautiful weather set the scene for the opening forty-five minute session and it was Trident rookie Artur Janosz who was first onto the circuit. The majority of drivers set around six to seven laps before heading back into the pitlane for set-up changes and new Pirelli rubber.
ART Grand Prix’s Esteban Ocon led the way for the most part of practice with local driver Alex Palou (Campos Racing) and Tunjo close behind. There was a red flag when Kevin Ceccon’s Arden Motorsport car stopped on track with smoke at the rear. The session was over for the Italian and as there was oil at turn nine, the drivers had to wait to return to track action until this was cleared.
Shortly after there was a second stoppage when Marvin Kirchhöfer ran wide and ended his session in the gravel. The ART Grand Prix ace got out of his car ok as the clock continued to tick down. In the final minutes, Tuscher shot up to P1 after lighting sector one purple but the moment lasted only for seconds as Tunjo pipped him by 0.067s.
The action wasn’t over though as Ghiotto was on a charge, recording the fastest time in sector one and shooting to the top of the pile to head the timesheet at the chequered flag. Behind the Italian were Tunjo, Tuscher, Ocon, Antonio Fuoco, Palou, Ralph Boschung, Mitchell Gilbert, Jimmy Eriksson and Alex Fontana.
The first qualifying takes place at 09.45 am local time tomorrow morning with all drivers keen to set a precious marker to open their campaign.
Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:36.238
16
2.
Oscar Tunjo
Trident
1:36.323
15
3.
Matheo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.390
14
4.
Esteban Ocon
ART Grand Prix
1:36.542
15
5.
Antonio Fuoco
Carlin
1:36.608
18
6.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:36.695
15
7.
Ralph Boschung
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.938
17
8.
Mitchell Gilbert
Carlin
1:36.947
16
9.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
1:37.065
10
10.
Alex Fontana
Status Grand Prix
1:37.210
14
11.
Jann Mardenborough
Carlin
1:37.253
17
12.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
1:37.330
9
13.
Zaid Ashkanani
Campos Racing
1:37.333
18
14.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
1:37.501
17
15.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:37.534
11
16.
Emil Bernstorff
Arden International
1:37.540
17
17.
Adderly Fong
Koiranen GP
1:37.754
13
18.
Kevin Ceccon
Arden International
1:37.803
9
19.
Seb Morris
Status Grand Prix
1:37.808
13
20.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:37.823
16
21.
Aleksander Bosak
Arden International
1:38.322
15
22.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Status Grand Prix
1:38.373
17
23.
Sandy Stuvik
Status Grand Prix
1:38.386
12
24.
Samin Gomez
Campos Racing
1:39.327
14