ART Grand Prix’s Esteban Ocon tops first session in Bahrain
Frenchman Esteban Ocon led the way in the opening session at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. The ART Grand Prix driver’s best laptime of 1:47.121 was three tenths quicker than Koiranen GP’s Matthew Parry. Carlin and Ferrari Academy Driver Antonio Fuoco was third.
Sakhir marks a new track on the calendar for the GP3 Series for Round 8 of the 2015 season. There was one change to the driver line-up; Matevos Isaakyan replaces Adderly Fong at Koiranen GP for this event.
With scorching temperatures greeting the paddock for Free Practice, the drivers were eager to make full use of the forty-five minute session with the majority of drivers new to the circuit and keen to get to grips with the challenging layout.
Carlin’s Jann Mardenborough was first to set the pace in the 1m48’s before Trident’s Artur Janosz took command of the session. The Polish driver held top spot for the most part of the session. Jenzer Motorsport’s Matheo Tuscher rose to second with Parry and Arden International’s Kevin Ceccon hot on their heels.
Series leader Luca Ghiotto shot up to third but the all the action was to come in the final moments. Debutant Isaakyan jumped to the top of the timings by almost half a second before the ART Grand Prix duo of Marvin Kirchhöfer and then Ocon topped the timesheet.
Ocon was first to lap in the 1m47’s and as the chequered flag came out, Parry and Fuoco improved to finish in the top three. Kirchhöfer was fourth ahead of Mitchell Gilbert, Isaakyan, Konstantin Tereshchenko, Artur Janosz, Matheo Tuscher and Ghiotto.
Qualifying takes place in just a few hours at 12:40pm. The four points on pole could prove very decisive in the fight for the title…
Sakhir Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Esteban Ocon
ART Grand Prix
1:47.121
16
2.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:47.464
19
3.
Antonio Fuoco
Carlin
1:47.799
19
4.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
1:47.913
16
5.
Mitchell Gilbert
Carlin
1:48.192
17
6.
Matevos Isaakyan
Koiranen GP
1:48.443
17
7.
Konstantin Tereshchenko
Campos Racing
1:48.483
18
8.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:48.893
19
9.
Matheo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:48.949
10
10.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:48.971
17
11.
Jann Mardenborough
Carlin
1:48.998
20
12.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
1:49.013
19
13.
Kevin Ceccon
Arden Motorsport
1:49.082
17
14.
Ralph Boschung
Jenzer Motorsport
1:49.241
17
15.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
1:49.283
19
16.
Aleksander Bosak
Arden Motorsport
1:49.504
16
17.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:49.624
21
18.
Emil Bernstorff
Arden Motorsport
1:49.631
10
19.
Alex Fontana
Status Grand Prix
1:49.669
17
20.
Zaid Ashkanani
Campos Racing
1:49.702
14
21.
Michele Beretta
Trident
1:49.729
16
22.
Seb Morris
Status Grand Prix
1:49.795
17
23.
Sandy Stuvik
Status Grand Prix
1:49.911
18
24.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
ART Grand Prix
1:50.606
10