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Catalunya: Series practice report

RSC Mucke Motorsport dominate free practice The GP3 Series was officially underway in Barcelona this afternoon with the first 30 minute practice session of the 2010 inaugural season. Dutch driver Renger van der Zande put his early stamp on the...

RSC Mucke Motorsport dominate free practice

The GP3 Series was officially underway in Barcelona this afternoon with the first 30 minute practice session of the 2010 inaugural season.

Dutch driver Renger van der Zande put his early stamp on the Series by dominating almost from beginning to end Motorsport driver posted a time of 1:38.664 and finished just ahead of team mate Nigel Melker, an impressive showing from the Ralf Schumacher led race team.

Minutes remaining, van der Zande was shown a black and orange flag for a broken mirror he picked up earlier in the session. But, despite a last-gasp effort from Gutierrez, the Mexican was unable to match the flying Dutchman and had to settle for third.

With fresh rubber on his Status GP car Robert Wickens moved towards the top of the time sheets and finished the session in fourth spot posting a time of 1:38.974. Four tenths of a second behind Wickens was Manor Racing driver James Jakes, followed by his teammate and GP3 newcomer Adrian Quaife-Hobbs. Despite ending his session prematurely deep in the gravel after just five laps, Addax session out on track and ninth in the final timings. Rounding out the top ten was Dean Smith for Carlin.

Team driver Felipe Guimaraes. Simon Trummer recovered from an early bump in the pits with his teammate to bring his GP3 car home in thirteenth. Atech CRS GP driver Oakes only took part in session briefly after mechanical issues meant he failed to finish the first lap.

The GP3 action continues bright and early tomorrow morning for Qualifying at 08:45 local time.

-source: gp3

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Series GP3
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , James Jakes , Robert Wickens , Dean Smith , Renger van der Zande , Felipe Guimaraes , Nigel Melker , Simon Trummer
Teams Mücke Motorsport , Status Grand Prix , Carlin