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Jeffri leads the pack in Hockenheim free practice

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Alexander Trienitz / ATS Formel 3 Cup

Photo: Alexander Trienitz / ATS Formel 3 Cup

Motopark Academy’s Nabil Jeffri kicked off the German F3 championship’s fourth round at Hockenheim by confidently setting the pace in free practice.

Jeffri set atop of the timesheets for much of the 45-minute affair and eventually finished almost three tenths clear of nearest rival Sam MacLeod.

Dutchman Indy Dontje took third, 0.42s behind Jeffri, while EuroInternational’s rookie Santino Ferrucci was a close fourth.

Jeffri’s compatriot Weiron Tan also did a solid job, breaking into the top five and being the last driver to have an effort within a second of the best lap.

Championship leader Markus Pommer didn’t get much track running and had to settle for sixth with teammate Andres Mendez in seventh and JBR’s Nicolai Sylvest just 0.001s off the Colombian’s time in eighth place.

GP3 frontrunner Dino Zamparelli, competing in a one-off round with ADM, was 0.36s ahead of teammate Nikita Zlobin, with the two rounding out the top ten.

The practice session was a busy one for the stewards, who erased several laps due to track limit infringements. However, none of the deleted laps would have been best efforts for drivers affected.

Session results
Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Academy 1:34.288 19
2 Sam MacLeod Van Amersfoort Racing 1:34.577 0.289 19
3 Indy Dontje Lotus 1:34.712 0.424 20
4 Santino Ferrucci EuroInternational 1:34.776 0.488 22
5 Weiron Tan Van Amersfoort Racing 1:35.278 0.990 19
6 Markus Pommer Lotus 1:35.333 1.045 12
7 Andres Mendez Lotus 1:36.152 1.864 18
8 Nicolai Sylvest JBR Motorsport & Engineering 1:36.153 1.865 18
9 Dino Zamparelli ADM Motorsport 1:36.981 2.693 21
10 Nikita Zlobin SMP Racing by ADM 1:37.337 3.049 15
11 Maximilian Hackl Amkon Motorsport 1:38.343 4.055 23
12 Thomas Amweg Jo Zeller Racing 1:39.641 5.353 9