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Second GP3 Series pole position for MW Arden’s New Zealander

Mitch Evans took his second pole position of the season for MW Arden in a closely fought battle for the top spot at Nürburgring today. The Series front runner was just 0.035 seconds ahead of Antonio Felix Da Costa in second.

The field hit the track in much improved and sunny conditions for the early morning session. Marussia Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto was the first driver to set a quick time during a frantic first few minutes of the session as the drivers all headed out on fresh rubber. Evans, James Calado, Valtteri Bottas and Tom Dillmann all joined the Indonesian at the top of the timesheet in a battle for P1.

By the midway point of qualifying when the thirty strong field began flooding the pits for new Pirelli P Zero slick tyres it was Dillmann who had taken control of the session and became the first man to break under the 1:50 barrier. The Frenchman was comfortably ahead of Lewis Williamson by half a second after the Scotsman put in a flyer to move up the times. Gabby Chaves was next to put in a challenge and the Addax Team driver briefly moved up into second before Felix Da Costa improved to bump the Colombian down a spot. Aaro Vainio was also in the mix and fighting with Haryanto for a second row start tomorrow.  

With four minutes left on the clock Felix Da Costa put in a storming lap to snatch provisional pole from Dillmann with a 1:49.401 lap and looked like securing his first GP3 pole, but seconds later Evans moved to the top. Dillmann put in one final challenge but was hampered by traffic leaving Evans and Felix Da Costa to line-up on the front row. Haryanto took third ahead of Dillmann, Vainio, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Alexander Sims, Williamson, Calado and Zoel Amberg.

With twenty-five drivers within one second tomorrow’s race look set to be a thriller. Evans is now just 1 point behind the Series leader Sims in the drivers’ standings.

Qualifying times:

POS NO DRIVER TEAM TIME LAPS GAP
1 26 M. EVANS MW Arden 1:49.366 12  
2 5 A. FELIX DA COSTA Status Grand Prix 1:49.401 12 0.035
3 11 R. HARYANTO Marussia Manor Racing 1:49.444 14 0.078
4 23 T. DILLMANN Addax Team 1:49.447 14 0.081
5 17 A. VAINIO Tech 1 Racing 1:49.506 12 0.140
6 10 A. QUAIFE-HOBBS Marussia Manor Racing 1:49.612 14 0.246
7 4 A. SIMS Status Grand Prix 1:49.687 14 0.321
8 28 L. WILLIAMSON MW Arden 1:49.755 12 0.389
9 3 J. CALADO Lotus ART 1:49.803 12 0.437
10 22 Z. AMBERG Atech CRS GP 1:49.811 13 0.445
11 2 V. BOTTAS Lotus ART 1:49.832 12 0.466
12 29 L. BACHETA RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:49.843 12 0.477
13 27 S. TRUMMER MW Arden 1:49.887 13 0.521
14 30 M. CHRISTENSEN RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:49.903 12 0.537
15 24 G. CHAVES Addax Team 1:49.960 13 0.594
16 14 C. DALY Carlin 1:49.964 12 0.598
17 1 P. NUNES Lotus ART 1:49.990 12 0.624
18 19 T. PAL KISS Tech 1 Racing 1:50.006 13 0.640
19 7 N. MULLER Jenzer Motorsport 1:50.037 12 0.671
20 9 V. GHIRELLI Jenzer Motorsport 1:50.057 12 0.691
21 21 N. YELLOLY Atech CRS GP 1:50.069 12 0.703
22 20 M. STOCKINGER Atech CRS GP 1:50.130 13 0.764
23 12 M. LAINE Marussia Manor Racing 1:50.184 13 0.818
24 6 I. LUKASHEVICH Status Grand Prix 1:50.222 14 0.856
25 25 D. SMITH Addax Team 1:50.320 13 0.954
26 8 M. ZIMIN Jenzer Motorsport 1:50.519 12 1.153
27 31 N. MELKER RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:50.612 9 1.246
28 15 C. MACLEOD Carlin 1:50.821 12 1.455
29 16 L. CORDEIRO Carlin 1:52.142 13 2.776
30 18 T. HYLKEMA Tech 1 Racing 1:52.481 12 3.115