DAMS record one-two in qualifying with Jake Hughes and Kevin Jörg
What a debut from newcomers DAMS: The French squad locked out the front row in this morning’s opening qualifying session of the 2016 GP3 Series season. Brit Jake Hughes pocketed his maiden pole in the category and lapped 0.140s faster than teammate and Renault Academy’s Kevin Jörg. ART Grand Prix’s and Ferrari Driver Academy’s Charles Leclerc was third.
The thirty minute session commenced under glorious blue skies in warm conditions. Alexander Albon was the early pace setter before the Arden International duo of Jake Dennis and Jack Aitken took turns to lead the pack.
As many of the drivers filtered back into the pitlane ; Jörg took advantage of a quiet track to shoot into P1 after lighting sectors one and two in purple. With less than seven minutes remaining, Jörg remained in control ahead of Aitken, Dennis, Matthew Parry, Santino Ferrucci, Albon an Tatiana Calderon.
Local hero Alex Palou suffered bad luck as his Campos Racing car had technical gremlins. The Spaniard will start from last after winning the final GP3 race of the 2015 season.
ART Grand Prix held the top three positions when Nirei Fukuzumi flew to the top of the timesheet before Leclerc displaced the Japanese driver with Albon in third. With three minutes left on the clock, Hughes set a flier and was first to lap into the 1m34s. Jörg found some extra place in the dying moments to join his teammate on the front row as the chequered flag was waved.
Behind the DAMS duo of Hughes and Jörg were Leclerc, Fukuzumi, Dennis, Oscar Tunjo, Antonio Fuoco, Albon, Ralph Boschung and Aitken.
The opening race of the season takes place today 17.20 local time (GMT+2) Make sure you don’t miss the third generation car make its debut in race action!
Qualifying
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Jake Hughes
DAMS
1:34.632
11
2.
Kevin Jörg
DAMS
1:34.772
13
3.
Charles Leclerc
ART Grand Prix
1:34.949
13
4.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
1:35.048
13
5.
Jake Dennis
Arden International
1:35.117
15
6.
Oscar Tunjo
Jenzer Motorsport
1:35.160
12
7.
Antonio Fuoco
Trident
1:35.201
12
8.
Alexander Albon
ART Grand Prix
1:35.207
12
9.
Ralph Boschung
Koiranen GP
1:35.344
13
10.
Jack Aitken
Arden International
1:35.415
13
11.
Nyck de Vries
ART Grand Prix
1:35.463
13
12.
Tatiana Calderon
Arden International
1:35.469
14
13.
Richard Gonda
Jenzer Motorsport
1:35.594
12
14.
Steijn Schothorst
Campos Racing
1:35.598
12
15.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:35.656
12
16.
Matevos Isaakyan
Koiranen GP
1:35.693
10
17.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:35.746
10
18.
Santino Ferrucci
DAMS
1:35.792
12
19.
Konstantin Tereshchenko
Campos Racing
1:36.070
10
20.
Akash Nandy
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.157
13
21.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:36.215
12
22.
Sandy Stuvik
Trident
1:36.282
13
23.
Mahaveer Raghunathan
Koiranen GP
1:37.222
13
24.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:37.248
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