Kevin Ceccon sets the pace in Monza

Jenzer Motorsport driver fastest on home soil in Italy

Kevin Ceccon clocked the quickest laptime in Free Practice in Monza with a laptime of 1:38.656. Marussia Manor Racing’s Patrick Kujala ended the session just 0.044s shy of the Italian with Ceccon’s teammate Mathéo Tuscher third fastest.

The forty-five minute practice session got underway following a light rain shower making the circuit tricky to contend with for the 27 drivers. There were two small changes to the line-up for Round 7 of the GP3 Series; Mitchell Gilbert returns to Trident in the #25 machine and Luca Ghiotto switches to the #23.

Marussia Manor Racing’s Dean Stoneman and Carlin’s Emil Bernstorff were first to head onto the track.

Jimmy Eriksson, Tuscher, Gilbert and Carmen Jorda all ventured out on wet Pirelli tyres with the rest of the field on slicks but the four pitted quickly with the track reported as dry after the first ten minutes.

Stoneman and his teammate Kujala traded P1 laps early on with the Finn the first to lap under the 1m40’s bracket. The top two in the Series of Carlin’s Alex Lynn and Status Grand Prix’s Richie Stanaway soon moved to the top of the timesheet, before Tuscher split the duo.

The times continued to change with Arden International’s Patric Niederhauser going fastest but only for a matter of seconds until Kujala demoted the Swiss race winner.

Tuscher moved to the top of the standings before Red Bull Junior Team driver Lynn found some extra pace to reclaim P1 by a tenth of a second. Stanaway moved up to P2, 0.041s off his title rival, but Kujala lapped fastest of all with less than five minutes on the clock. Tuscher improved on his personal best to second and was on a quicker lap but made a mistake and had to take to the exit road.

As the chequered flag was waved Ceccon was on a flier and claimed the fastest lap of the session, ahead of Kujala, Tuscher, Robert Visoiu, Emil Bernstorff, Stoneman, Niederhauser, Pal Varhaug (making it three Jenzer Motorsport cars in the top eight), Riccardo Agostini and Stanaway.

Qualifying takes place at 09.45 am local time tomorrow morning, and with unpredictable weather and the fastest speed on the calendar, action is guaranteed!

Free Practice – Monza

 
Driver
Team
Laptime
1.
Kevin Ceccon
Jenzer Motorsport
1:38.656
2.
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
1:38.700
3.
Mathéo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:38.716
4.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
1:38.890
5.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
1:38.911
6.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
1:38.913
7.
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
1:39.093
8.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
1:39.143
9.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
1:39.159
10.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
1:39.223
11.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:39.244
12.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
1:39.295
13.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
1:39.375
14.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
1:39.447
15.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
1:39.486
16.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
1:39.616
17.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
1:39.780
18.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
1:39.800
19.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
1:39.921
20.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:39.971
21.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:40.064
22.
Mitchell Gilbert
Trident
1:40.125
23.
Sebastian Balthasar
Hilmer Motorsport
1:40.169
24.
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
1:40.398
25.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Status Grand Prix
1:40.589
26.
John Bryant-Meisner
Trident
1:41.440
27.
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
1:42.439

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Series GP3
Event Monza
Sub-event Friday practice
Track Monza
Drivers Pal Varhaug , Carmen Jorda , Dean Stoneman , Jimmy Eriksson , Luis Sa Silva , Dino Zamparelli , Alex Fontana , Emil Bernstorff , Kevin Ceccon , Nick Yelloly , Richie Stanaway , Jann Mardenborough , Robert Visoiu , Matheo Tuscher , Patric Niederhauser , Alex Lynn , Patrick Kujala , Riccardo Agostini , Ryan Cullen , John Bryant-Meisner , Marvin Kirchhofer , Santiago Urrutia , Luca Ghiotto , Nelson Mason , Sebastian Balthasar
Teams Carlin , ART Grand Prix , Trident , Arden International , Status Grand Prix , Hilmer Motorsport , Jenzer Motorsport , Koiranen GP
Article type Practice report
Tags arden international, carlin, jenzer motorsport, marussia manor racing