GP3: Leclerc powers to pole in Spa-Francorchamps

//GP3: Leclerc powers to pole in Spa-Francorchamps

GP3: Leclerc powers to pole in Spa-Francorchamps

ART Grand Prix’s Charles Leclerc takes second pole of the season
Series leader Charles Leclerc from ART Grand Prix showed his dominance in today’s qualifying session for Round 6 of the 2016 GP3 Series season at Spa-Francorchamps: the Scuderia Ferrari Team development driver posted a best laptime of 2:04.896 which was three tenths clear of his nearest rival and faster than last year’s pole position time set by Luca Ghiotto. DAMS’ Jake Hughes was second ahead of McLaren protégé Nyck de Vries.
It was another warm start to proceedings at the Belgian track and it was Dutchman De Vries who was first to head the timings on the first run. The ART Grand Prix rookie lapped two tenths quicker than Hughes and Arden International’s Jake Dennis to lead the field early on.
At the midway point, all of the drivers returned to the pitlane to switch to new Pirelli rubber with the soft compound nominated for this event. 1s was covering the top 17 drivers; showing how closely fought the battle for a good grid spot was going to be.
Hughes began his push lap, with Leclerc hot in pursuit with the Briton clocking the fastest time of the session, albeit for a matter of seconds before the Monegasque driver claimed P1. Leclerc had lit sectors one and two in purple and lapped three tenths faster than the DAMS driver.
The positions remained fairly stagnant behind as the drivers tried to improve but it was to no avail as Leclerc celebrated his second pole in GP3 at the chequered flag. Hughes fresh from his race win in Hockenheim joined the ART Grand Prix ace on the front row ahead of De Vries, Trident’s Antonio Fuoco, Kevin Joerg, Koiranen GP’s Matthew Parry, Jenzer Motorsport’s Arjun Maini, Sandy Stuvik, Santino Ferrucci and Campos Racing’s Alex Palou.
Leclerc’s pole position has gained him a further four valuable points in the title battle; meaning he has extended his advantage over teammate Alexander Albon to seven points after the Thai qualified down in P17.
Race 1 takes place today at 17.15 (GMT+2) with a chance of rain forecast for the race.
Qualifying
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Charles Leclerc
ART Grand Prix
2:04.896
11
2.
Jake Hughes
DAMS
2:05.259
11
3.
Nyck de Vries
ART Grand Prix
2:05.393
11
4.
Antonio Fuoco
Trident
2:05.448
11
5.
Kevin Joerg
DAMS
2:05.612
11
6.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
2:05.653
11
7.
Arjun Maini
Jenzer Motorsport
2:05.661
11
8.
Sandy Stuvik
Trident
2:05.758
11
9.
Santino Ferrucci
DAMS
2:05.852
11
10.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
2:05.880
11
11.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
2:06.012
12
12.
Matevos Isaakyan
Koiranen GP
2:06.145
11
13.
Jake Dennis
Arden International
2:06.179
11
14.
Jack Aitken
Arden International
2:06.185
12
15.
Steijn Schothorst
Campos Racing
2:06.201
12
16.
Oscar Tunjo
Jenzer Motorsport
2:06.282
11
17.
Alexander Albon
ART Grand Prix
2:06.421
12
18.
Artur Janosz
Trident
2:06.531
12
19.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
2:06.740
12
20.
Konstantin Tereschenko
Campos Racing
2:06.769
11
21.
Niko Kari
Koiranen GP
2:06.772
11
22.
Tatiana Calderon
Arden International
2:06.900
12
23.
Akash Nandy
Jenzer Motorsport
2:07.086
12
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