Trident’s Luca Ghiotto takes back to back poles in Belgium
We are running out of superlatives for Series leader Luca Ghiotto: The Italian from Trident blazed to his fourth pole position of the 2015 GP3 Series season, his fifth of his career. His best laptime of 2:04.943 was one tenth faster than ART Grand Prix’s and Mercedes backed Esteban Ocon. Marvin Kirchhöfer was third fastest, with the leading trio in the Drivers’ Standings taking the top three spots in qualifying.
It was another warm day at the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, with the drivers keen to achieve the first pole position since the summer break. Kirchhöfer was first to lap in the 2m06’s, quickly followed by teammate Ocon. Jenzer Motorsport’s Matheo Tuscher was next to top the pile, with Ghiotto up to second at the midway point.
Kirchhöfer returned to the top of the timesheet, until Ocon bettered his time by a mere 0.059s. Almost the entire field returned to the pitlane for new Pirelli rubber with the exception of Carlin’s Jann Mardenborough. The Brit had the track to himself and it appeared to have paid off at that point as he clocked the second fastest time, 0.007’s off the Frenchman in P1.
After recording the quickest time yesterday in Free Practice, Ghiotto clearly had the pace to challenge for pole and the Italian was first to dip into the 2m04’s, with a three tenth advantage over Arden International’s Emil Bernstorff.
Carlin and Ferrari Academy Driver Antonio Fuoco moved up to third, before Ocon split Ghiotto and Bernstorff as the clock ticked down. As the chequered flag came out, Kirchhöfer was on his best lap, lighting the timing screens purple. The German moved up to third as the session drew to a close.
Behind the top three of Ghiotto, Ocon and Kirchhöfer was Bernstorff, Fuoco, Kevin Ceccon, Matthew Parry, Tuscher, Jimmy Eriksson and Alfonso Celis. Jr.
Catch the forty-minute long race at 17.15pm local time to see the next development in a hotly fought title battle.
Qualifying
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
2:04.943
11
2.
Esteban Ocon
ART Grand Prix
2:05.114
11
3.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
2:05.144
11
4.
Emil Bernstorff
Arden International
2:05.308
12
5.
Antonio Fuoco
Carlin
2:05.458
10
6.
Kevin Ceccon
Arden International
2:05.591
11
7.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
2:05.618
11
8.
Matheo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
2:05.669
12
9.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
2:05.704
11
10.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
ART Grand Prix
2:05.834
12
11.
Jann Mardenborough
Carlin
2:05.869
10
12.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
2:05.931
11
13.
Seb Morris
Status Grand Prix
2:05.938
12
14.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
2:05.939
11
15.
Mitchell Gilbert
Carlin
2:06.065
11
16.
Ralph Boschung
Jenzer Motorsport
2:06.110
8
17.
Artur Janosz
Trident
2:06.314
11
18.
Alex Fontana
Status Grand Prix
2:06.317
12
19.
Beitske Visser
Trident
2:06.373
12
20.
Adderly Fong
Koiranen GP
2:06.537
11
21.
Aleksander Bosak
Arden International
2:06.538
12
22.
Zaid Ashkanani
Campos Racing
2:06.922
12
23.
Sandy Stuvik
Status Grand Prix
2:07.106
11