David Beckmann tops Belgium Free Practice

//David Beckmann tops Belgium Free Practice

David Beckmann tops Belgium Free Practice

German ace leads Trident 1-2-3-4 in opening Spa-Francorchamps session
David Beckmann made progressive gains during GP3 Series Free Practice at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium to end the session on top of the timesheets. The German ace fired his way to the fastest time on his final flying lap with a 2:06.111 before the chequered flag, holding off from Trident teammates Pedro Piquet, Giuliano Alesi and Ryan Tveter for a 1-2-3-4 classification.
Tatiana Calderon was first to hit the road, and the session quickly opened with a planned virtual safety car period. The Jenzer Motorsport set the first timed lap, before the session was red flagged as a result of a technical issue. After a fix to the cars’ ECU was implemented as quickly as possible, the running resumed as Tveter led the entire field back onto the circuit.
Calderon’s leisurely benchmark time was quickly put in the shade by Tveter, who immediately dipped into the 2m09s on his first push lap around the circuit. Callum Ilott quickly dispatched the American from the top of the timing boards, finding a lap almost two seconds quicker before Beckmann managed to sneak past the ART Grand Prix driver by just under a tenth.
Briefly conceding his place at the top to Juan Manuel Correa, Beckmann was the first man into the 2m06s to wrest control of the session once more. From there, he continued to wind his benchmark time down, initially hacking two tenths out of his lap to keep ART’s Nikita Mazepin at bay before Tveter posted a time just 0.023 slower than his teammate.
Beckmann then found half a second over his best time, posting a 2:06.111 before the chequered flag to cement his place at the top – seeing off a late challenge from Piquet, who was just a tenth behind. Alesi nestled in between Piquet and Tveter for third, while Series leader Anthoine Hubert was the fastest of the ARTs in fifth – eclipsing Mazepin by 0.018s. Correa claimed the seventh-best time ahead of Jake Hughes (ART) and Jenzer teammate Calderon, while Ilott completed the top 10.
GP3 Series Technical Director Didier Perrin commented: “We experienced an issue with the programming of the ECU. Once we analysed the problem, we asked for the session to be red flagged in order to reprogram the ECU of all cars as quickly as possible and ensure that all drivers benefitted from the same amount of track time.”
2018 GP3 Series Round 6 – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – Free Practice Classification
Driver
Team
Time
Laps
1
David Beckmann
Trident
2:06.111
10
2
Pedro Piquet
Trident
2:06.216
9
3
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
2:06.524
9
4
Ryan Tveter
Trident
2:06.680
9
5
Anthoine Hubert
ART Grand Prix
2:07.073
10
6
Nikita Mazepin
ART Grand Prix
2:07.091
10
7
Juan Manuel Correa
Jenzer Motorsport
2:07.169
10
8
Jake Hughes
ART Grand Prix
2:07.194
10
9
Tatiana Calderon
Jenzer Motorsport
2:07.266
12
10
Callum Ilott
ART Grand Prix
2:07.494
10
11
Gabriel Aubry
Arden International
2:07.544
10
12
Leonardo Pulcini
Campos Racing
2:07.606
11
13
Simo Laaksonen
Campos Racing
2:07.646
10
14
Niko Kari
MP Motorsport
2:07.684
9
15
Joey Mawson
Arden International
2:07.733
9
16
Richard Verschoor
MP Motorsport
2:08.141
11
17
Devlin DeFrancesco
MP Motorsport
2:08.305
11
18
Jannes Fittje
Jenzer Motorsport
2:08.498
11
19
Diego Menchaca
Campos Racing
2:08.638
11
20
Julien Falchero
Arden International
No Time
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2018-08-24T12:39:54+00:00August 24th, 2018|GP 3 Series|