gp3-carlogoMW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat closes in on Regalia’s Championship lead

Three points is all that separates the top two in the Drivers’ Championship after a stunning pole from Daniil Kvyat for MW Arden. The Russian driver continues to excel in Abu Dhabi after posting the fastest time in Free Practice and again in Qualifying. Series leader Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix) will start from P10. Carlin’s Nick Yelloly and Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus start second and third.

Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) and Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) headed the que of eager drivers onto the Yas Marina Circuit in the fight for the decisive pole. The Koiranen GP trio set the early pace in the 30 minute session whilst Ellinas was first to dip into the 1m57’s with Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix) into P2.

Regalia rose to the top of the timesheets, lapping in the 1m56’s, but it was his closest rival in the championship, Kvyat who improved to snatch P1 by two tenths. His MW Arden teammate Carlos Sainz jumped up to P2 as the Russian driver lapped quicker to increase his advantage at the front.

Sector 1 and 2 belonged to Korjus with the Estonian ace lighting up the timing screens but a lock-up cost him time and brought him up the order to P2, missing an opportunity to go top. As the drivers pitted for fresh Pirelli tyres at the midway point, it was American Daly who went from P10 to P2 as the clock ticked down.

Harvey disposed Kvyat from the top of the timings, until the MW Arden driver regained P1, with Yelloly and Alexander Sims into the top three. Korjus split the Carlin pair sneaking into P2 with a few minutes remaining, whilst Regalia locked-up on his fastest lap, costing him his chance of starting near the front.

At the chequered flag it was Kvyat, Yelloly, Korjus, Sims, Harvey, Sainz, Daly and Patric Niederhauser. Rookie Dean Stoneman for Koiranen GP impressed in ninth with Regalia completing the top ten.

 

The GP3 Drivers’ Championship can be decided today in Race 1 later today which will run at 18.35pm local time. This will be the first time GP3 have had a “night” race and with so much to play for, it’s one you don’t want to miss.

Abu Dhabi Qualifying

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1:55.473

12

2. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1:55.753

11

3. Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP 1:55.785

13

4. Alexander Sims Carlin 1:56.221

12

5. Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix 1:56.265

11

6. Carlos Sainz MW Arden 1:56.392

12

7. Conor Daly ART Grand Prix 1:56.442

11

8. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:56.487

12

9. Dean Stoneman Koiranen GP 1:56.560

12

10. Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix 1:56.722

11

11. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1:56.730

11

12. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:56.928

13

13. Jimmy Eriksson* Status Grand Prix 1:57.057

12

14. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1:57.095

12

15. Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing 1:57.281

12

16. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:57.420

11

17. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1:57.445

12

18. Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP 1:57.667

11

19 Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:57.967

12

20. Robert Cregan Trident 1:58.040

12

21. Josh Webster Status Grand Prix 1:58.115

13

22. Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix 1:58.328

12

23. Samin Gomez* Jenzer Motorsport 1:58.522

13

24. Alice Powell Bamboo Engineering 1:58.553

12

25. Ryan Cullen* Marussia Manor Racing 1:58.804

12

26. Carmen Jorda Bamboo Engineering 1:59.400

13

*Ryan Cullen has a 10 place grid penalty after Monza Race 2

*Jimmy Eriksson & Samin Gomez have a 5 place grid penalty after Monza R2