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Series Valencia test day 1 morning report

Trummer goes top in Valencia morning session This morning the GP3 Series began a two-day mid-season test at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. The test gave the teams and drivers another chance to fine tune their cars ahead of Round 3 on ...

Trummer goes top in Valencia morning session

This morning the GP3 Series began a two-day mid-season test at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. The test gave the teams and drivers another chance to fine tune their cars ahead of Round 3 on the street circuit in the same city next week.

On a dry track under blue skies it was Simon Trummer from Jenzer Motorsport who topped the timesheets for almost all of the three hour morning session. Rising temperatures and a slowing track meant the teams skipped changing to new rubber and saved their fresh tyres for this afternoon's session.

Best track conditions were early on in the morning and Trummer set his quickest time of 1:27.344 on lap 12 out of the pits. The Swiss driver was closely followed by Status GP driver Robert Wickens who posted a time of 1:27.583. Dean Smith from Carlin finished third with a time of 2:27.790, and Esteban Gutierrez from ART Grand Prix was just behind in fourth. Michael Christensen was back on form finishing in fifth for MW Arden and Renger van der Zande put his RSC Mucke car in sixth. In total seven different teams finished the session in the top ten with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Rio Haryanto and James Jakes filling spots seven eight and nine for Manor Racing respectively. Alexander Rossi rounded out the top ten.

The session was briefly red flagged when Carlin's Dean Smith came to a stop with fuel pressure problems. Then Michael Christensen spun his MW Arden car and was unable to recover.

A total of 1041 laps were completed during the three hour morning session.

-source: gp3 series

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Series GP3
Drivers James Jakes , Robert Wickens , Dean Smith , Renger van der Zande , Alexander Rossi , Esteban Gutierrez , Adrian Quaife-Hobbs , Michael Christensen , Simon Trummer
Teams Status Grand Prix , Carlin , ART Grand Prix , Jenzer Motorsport