Stanaway tops GP3 practice at Sochi

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Richie Stanaway set the pace in the first-ever GP3 Series practice session at the new Sochi circuit in Russia on Friday evening.

Stanaway lapped the Russian GP venue in 1m52.876s, ending the 45-minute session over a fifth of a second clear of Dean Stoneman, who joins the Koiranen GP squad this weekend as his usual Manor team has not made the trip to Russia.

Stanaway needs to overturn a 50-point deficit to points leader Alex Lynn over the next four races to wrest the title away.

Lynn finished the session sixth fastest on 1m53.365s, almost half a second down.

Behind Stoneman, fellow Briton Emil Bernstorff was third fastest for Carlin, ahead of another Briton, Dino Zamparelli, and his ART team-mate Marvin Kirchhofer.

Behind Lynn, the third ART of Alex Fontana was followed by Nick Yelloly (Status) and Jimmy Eriksson, who is third in the standings.

PosDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
1Richie StanawayStatus Grand Prix1m52.876s20
2Dean StonemanKoiranen GP1m53.109s0.233s18
3Emil BernstorffCarlin1m53.184s0.308s20
4Dino ZamparelliART Grand Prix1m53.305s0.429s17
5Marvin KirchhoferART Grand Prix1m53.325s0.449s18
6Alex LynnCarlin1m53.365s0.489s20
7Alex FontanaART Grand Prix1m53.414s0.538s18
8Nick YellolyStatus Grand Prix1m53.464s0.588s18
9Jimmy ErikssonKoiranen GP1m53.485s0.609s17
10Matheo TuscherJenzer Motorsport1m53.550s0.674s20
11Patric NiederhauserArden International1m53.570s0.694s20
12Robert VisoiuArden International1m53.591s0.715s21
13Patrick KujalaTrident1m53.972s1.096s18
14Pal VarhaugJenzer Motorsport1m54.018s1.142s20
15Jann MardenboroughArden International1m54.062s1.186s18
16Kevin CecconJenzer Motorsport1m54.068s1.192s20
17Nelson MasonHilmer Motorsport1m54.518s1.642s20
18Riccardo AgostiniHilmer Motorsport1m54.546s1.670s19
19Alfonso CelisStatus Grand Prix1m54.672s1.796s20
20Mitchell GilbertTrident1m54.915s2.039s20
21Luis Jorge Sa SilvaCarlin1m54.925s2.049s18
22Santiago UrrutiaKoiranen GP1m54.991s2.115s18
23Nikolay MartsenkoHilmer Motorsport1m55.669s2.793s20

Stanaway tops GP3 practice at Sochi

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