Trident’s Luca Ghiotto fastest in Free Practice
GP3 Series leader Luca Ghiotto set the marker in today’s forty-five minute session in today’s Free Practice Session at Silverstone for Round 3 of the 2015 season. The Trident driver’s best lap was seven tenths quicker than Arden International’s Emil Bernstorff. This was his first time driving the Silverstone circuit. Koiranen GP’s Jimmy Eriksson was third fastest.
There was one change to the driver line-up for this weekend: Austrian Christopher Höeher has replaced Samin Gomez for this round in the number 25 Campos Racing machine. The opening session in Silverstone was run in scorching temperatures with the sun beating down on the twenty-four drivers.
Marvin Kirchhöfer (ART Grand Prix) was first to set the pace before there was a brief red flag period when Carlin’s Jann Mardenborough spun. The Brit managed to continue and the session soon resumed. Bernstorff was first to dip into the 1m49’s, four tenths faster than Esteban Ocon.
Kirchhöfer lapped one tenth faster before Eriksson shot to P1. Ghiotto who pocketed his first win at the previous round in Spielberg was soon on the attack and he was the only driver to clock a lap in the 1m48’s. The Italian’s time was three tenths quicker than Eriksson. But the Trident wasn’t done yet and improved on his second attempt by a further four tenths margin.
In the latter stages, Bernstorff recorded his personal best to move up to second but nobody was able to better the time of Ghiotto who topped the session at the chequered flag. Bernstorff, Eriksson, Matthew Parry, Kirchhöfer, Ocon, Alex Palou, Artur Janosz, Adderly Fong and Matheo Tuscher completed the top ten.
Qualifying takes place at 08.45 am local time tomorrow morning.
Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:48.555
20
2.
Emil Bernstorff
Arden International
1:49.255
19
3.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
1:49.319
20
4.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:49.462
17
5.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
1:49.542
20
6.
Esteban Ocon
ART Grand Prix
1:49.628
19
7.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:49.689
17
8.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:49.709
18
9.
Adderly Fong
Koiranen GP
1:49.739
15
10.
Matheo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:49.826
19
11.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
1:49.835
19
12.
Alex Fontana
Status Grand Prix
1:49.954
20
13.
Oscar Tunjo
Trident
1:49.997
18
14.
Seb Morris
Status Grand Prix
1:50.018
18
15.
Kevin Ceccon
Arden International
1:50.027
18
16.
Antonio Fuoco
Carlin
1:50.035
18
17.
Jann Mardenborough
Carlin
1:50.130
18
18.
Ralph Boschung
Jenzer Motorsport
1:50.203
18
19.
Zaid Ashkanani
Campos Racing
1:50.319
18
20.
Mitchell Gilbert
Carlin
1:50.400
20
21.
Sandy Stuvik
Status Grand Prix
1:50.456
16
22.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
ART Grand Prix
1:50.776
19
23.
Christopher Höeher
Campos Racing
1:51.204
21
24.
Aleksander Bosak
Arden International
1:51.346
20