Ghiotto guns to pole in Barcelona
Trident’s Luca Ghiotto takes first blood in Spain
Italian Luca Ghiotto pocketed the first pole of the 2015 GP3 Series season after clocking the quickest time of 1:35.469 on his Pirelli hard tyres. ART Grand Prix’s Esteban Ocon was second with Arden International’s Emil Bernstorff in third.
The thirty minute session ran in glorious conditions with rookie Ocon first to lap in the 1m36’s. Campos Racing’s Alex Palou soon bettered the Frenchman’s time, but only briefly with Carlin’s Mitchell Gilbert demoting the Spaniard to second.
After topping yesterday’s Free Practice, Ghiotto continued to impress and was first to dip into the 1m35’s: lighting all sectors purple and setting a time six tenths faster than his nearest rival. Ralph Boschung jumped up to P3 before Koiranen GP’s Jimmy Eriksson went one better into second.
At the midway point, Ocon had risen to P2 behind Ghiotto with Eriksson, Gilbert and Boschung completing the top five. As the clock ticked down, Bernstorff shot up to third with Palou into fourth.
In the final moments, Carlin’s Antonio Fuoco had a moment on track which caused the Ferrari Academy driver to end his session in the gravel trap. There were waved double yellow flags for the incident meaning some drivers were unable to improve on their final attempt.
At the chequered flag, Ghiotto remained head of the timesheet, with Ocon joining him on the front row for the opening race later today. Bernstorff, Palou, Matheo Tuscher, Marvin Kirchhöfer, Alfonso Celis. Jr, Oscar Tunjo, Pal Varhaug and Eriksson completed the top ten.
Today marks a first in the Series’ history with race one being extended by ten minutes. Catch the forty-minute long race at 17.20 CET today and see how this year’s crop fares with a softer compound of Pirelli tyres.
Qualifying
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:35.469
12
2.
Esteban Ocon
ART Grand Prix
1:35.608
13
3.
Emil Bernstorff
Arden International
1:35.800
14
4.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:35.846
13
5.
Matheo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:35.909
14
6.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
1:35.934
14
7.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
ART Grand Prix
1:35.943
13
8.
Oscar Tunjo
Trident
1:36.047
11
9.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.082
11
10.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
1:36.134
10
11.
Mitchell Gilbert
Carlin
1:36.143
11
12.
Ralph Boschung
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.160
12
13.
Adderly Fong
Koiranen GP
1:36.213
13
14.
Alex Fontana
Status Grand Prix
1:36.284
11
15.
Jann Mardenborough
Carlin
1:36.305
11
16.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:36.403
11
17.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:36.478
13
18.
Sandy Stuvik
Status Grand Prix
1:36.534
11
19.
Kevin Ceccon
Arden International
1:36.593
14
20.
Seb Morris
Status Grand Prix
1:36.634
11
21.
Antonio Fuoco
Carlin
1:36.785
12
22.
Zaid Ashkanani
Campos Racing
1:37.288
13
23.
Aleksander Bosak
Arden International
1:37.549
13
24.
Samin Gomez
Campos Racing
1:38.409
14