gp3-carlogoKoiranen GP Kevin Korjus beats Jack Harvey to pole in thrilling qualifying

Rookie Kevin Korjus was all smiles as he came out on top in a tough battle for the coveted pole position today. It looked like home hero Jack Harvey was set to pocket his debut pole in front of the large army of British fans but the Estonian denied the Brit’ in the dying seconds of the session to continue his impressive rookie form. ART Grand Prix’s Harvey and Facu Regalia qualified in second and third.

The 30 minute qualifying session got underway with the Koiranen GP duo of Korjus and Aaro Vainio first to feed onto the Northamptonshire circuit as the 27 drivers enjoyed dry conditions on a chilly Silverstone morning. MW Arden’s Robert Visoiu was first to lap in the 1m47’s while the ART GP boys waited in the pits.

Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) was on an impressive lap, lighting up the timing screens but ran wide and lost valuable time, costing him a potential early chance of grabbing P1. Regalia also had a small moment on track but was able to continue in the hunt for pole.

Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) was next to lead the way until Harvey snatched provisional pole away from him with a laptime of 1:47.185. His teammate Regalia was quick to follow but was 0.042s off the Brit and went P2.

At the midway point of the session, the drivers returned to the pitlane for a new set of Pirelli rubber to mount their challenge for the elusive pole. Korjus was hot on the pace and demoted Harvey to second by posting the first laptime of the session in the 1m46s barrier, three tenths faster than the ART GP driver.

Series leader Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) had other ideas and clocked a time a tenth faster than the Estonian to go P1 with five minutes remaining. This was to be short-lived however with Sainz bettering the Cypriot’s time by just 0.044s.

The power of the British fans can spur a driver onto great things and Harvey drove an inspired lap to reclaim provisional pole, producing a lap two tenths faster than the Spaniard. As the chequered flag came out, Korjus was on yet another hot lap and managed to sneak P1 by a mere 0.055s.The yellow flags were waved as Carlin’s Eric Lichtenstein had a small spin, thus ending the session.

Korjus will head the front row, with Harvey in P2 – his best qualifying so far of his rookie campaign. Regalia, Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport), Sainz, Ellinas, Kvyat, Nick Yelloly (Carlin), Conor Daly ART Grand Prix) and Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport) complete the top ten.

Race 1 will take place at 16.20 GMT later today and promises to be an exciting encounter!

Qualifying

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP 1:46.360

13

2. Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix 1:46.415

12

3. Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix 1:46.581

11

4. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:46.631

13

5. Carlos Sainz MW Arden 1:46.649

12

6. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:46.693

13

7. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1:46.708

13

8. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1:46.873

12

9. Conor Daly ART Grand Prix 1:46.874

12

10. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.126

13

11. Aaro Vainio Koiranen GP 1:47.223

12

12. Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix 1:47.296

9

13. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1:47.304

13

14. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1:47.376

13

15. Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP 1:47.458

12

16. Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing 1:47.724

11

17. David Fumanelli Trident 1:47.725

12

18. Melville McKee Bamboo Engineering 1:47.787

12

19. Lewis Williamson Bamboo Engineering 1:47.864

11

20. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:47.987

13

21. Josh Webster Status Grand Prix 1:48.061

13

22. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1:48.127

12

23. Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix 1:48.394

12

24. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1:48.691

13

25. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:49.916

14

26. Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing 1:50.561

11

27. Carmen Jorda Bamboo Engineering 1:52.019

13