Mitch Evans (MW Arden)

MW Arden’s teammates Mitch Evans and Matias Laine quickest in qualifying

Series leader Mitch Evans made the best possible start to his weekend by claiming the vital four points on offer for pole position for Round 7 of the GP3 Series 2012. His teammate Laine will start alongside the New Zealander on the front row, with Lotus GP’s Daniel Abt in third. Evans pole laptime of 2:10.513 was a new pole record for the circuit.

After the miserable conditions for Friday Free Practice, sunshine returned to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, for a very fresh qualifying session with temperatures only reaching 11 degrees. Robert Cregan, Laine and David Fumanelli were first onto the circuit as the 26 drivers were eager to drive the legendary circuit in the dry.

After ten minutes it was Abt controlling the 30 minute qualifying session, ahead of Evans and Fumanelli. Positions had been changing at the top frequently with Aaro Vainio and Antonio Felix Da Costa battling it out with Abt for P1. Lewis Williamson was a man on the move, jumping up to third position with 12 minutes remaining as the drivers came into the pits to change their Pirelli tyres, ready for the fight for pole.

Abt improved on his best laptime by 0.140s over Evans to further enhance his lead at the top of the standings as the time ticked down on the clock. However with two minutes to go, Evans set a flier to grab P1, with Conor Daly and Felix Da Costa recording times in the top four. Finn Laine hadn’t finished yet and set his best time to join his teammate on the front row to achieve his best qualifying position of the season with second. Abt caught traffic on his final attempt but his best efforts were enough to move him back into P3.

The final ten was Evans, Laine, Abt, Felix Da Costa, Daly, Williamson, Vainio, Giovanni Venturini, Alex Fontana amd Tio Ellinas.

Race 1 takes place at 17.20 CET later today.

Qualifying – Spa-Francorchamps

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Mitch Evans MW Arden 2:10.513

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2. Matias Laine MW Arden 2:10.738

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3. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 2:10.754

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4. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 2:10.980

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5. Conor Daly Lotus GP 2:11.064

12

6. Lewis Williamson Status Grand Prix 2:11.320

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7. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 2:11.366

12

8. Giovanni Venturini Trident Racing 2:11.382

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9. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 2:11.397

12

10. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 2:11.501

13

11. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 2:11.541

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12. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 2:11.637

12

13. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 2:11.723

12

14. William Buller Carlin 2:11.742

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15. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 2:11.746

12

16. David Fumanelli MW Arden 2:11.804

12

17. Alex Brundle Carlin 2:12.224

12

18. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 2:12.410

13

19. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 2:12.508

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20. Alice Powell Status Grand Prix 2:12.530

12

21. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 2:12.713

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22. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 2:12.765

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23. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 2:12.886

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24. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 2:12.917

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25. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 2:13.478

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26. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 2:18.719

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