David Beckmann grabs maiden pole in Spa Qualifying

//David Beckmann grabs maiden pole in Spa Qualifying

David Beckmann grabs maiden pole in Spa Qualifying

German driver sees off a flurry of late laps for first GP3 pole
David Beckmann secured his first GP3 Series pole position in Qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, posting a 2:04.355 on his final flying lap to cement Trident’s first pole of the season. The German driver saw off an effort from points leader Anthoine Hubert, who failed to claim his third consecutive pole while Pedro Piquet clinched third with a lap late on after the chequered flag had waved.
Hubert was first to the track to get the session’s running underway, followed closely by ART Grand Prix teammates Nikita Mazepin and Jake Hughes – with MP Motorsport’s Niko Kari running them close. Kari set the opening time, nailing a lap in the 2m07s to the board which was quickly beaten by rookie teammate Richard Verschoor. Giuliano Alesi was next to take top spot, moving the pace into the 2m06s before the head of the timesheets were swarmed by the ART quartet – Callum Ilott the figurehead of their assault on pole.
The Trident drivers then hit back, and Ryan Tveter eclipsed the British driver by just 0.022s before Hubert briefly occupied first position. After topping the Free Practice session, Beckmann then wrested control of the session and, despite Alesi’s best first sector, the Frenchman was unable to overturn the German’s advantage ahead of the mid-session rush for fresh tyres.
After dropping in for new medium compound Pirellis, Piquet was an immediate threat to Beckmann, pumping in a new best opening sector before Tveter put the Brazilian driver in the shade with a mighty middle sector to claim provisional pole – with Piquet just half a tenth behind the American. The pendulum fleetingly swung in ART’s favour in the dying stages, as Hughes held first for a few seconds before Hubert eclipsed his teammate as he looked for a trio of pole positions.
Beckmann then swept to the top just after a tabletopper time from Alesi was deleted for a track limits infringement, prompting a final flurry of laps just after the chequered flag. Despite the best efforts of Piquet, who had once again impressed in sector one, he was only able to elevate himself as far as third. The ARTs then challenged, but Beckmann managed to dig deep and raise the bar even higher, locking down pole position on his final run.
Hubert starts on the front row in Saturday’s Race 1, while Piquet starts alongside Hughes. Mazepin and Ilott locked out the third row for ART, as Simo Laaksonen took the seventh best time to beat Tveter. Alesi and Joey Mawson will complete the top half of tomorrow’s grid.
2018 GP3 Series Round 6 – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – Provisional Qualifying Results
Driver
Team
Time
Laps
1
David Beckmann
Trident
2:04.335
11
2
Anthoine Hubert
ART Grand Prix
2:04.479
11
3
Pedro PiquetDavid Beckmann
Trident
2:04.529
11
4
Jake Hughes
ART Grand Prix
2:04.530
11
5
Nikita Mazepin
ART Grand Prix
2:04.538
11
6
Callum Ilott
ART Grand Prix
2:04.549
11
7
Simo Laaksonen
Campos Racing
2:04.633
11
8
Ryan Tveter
Trident
2:04.677
11
9
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
2:04.685
12
10
Joey Mawson
Arden International
2:04.712
11
11
Tatiana Calderon
Jenzer Motorsport
2:04.804
11
12
Leonardo Pulcini
Campos Racing
2:04.945
11
13
Juan Manuel Correa
Jenzer Motorsport
2:05.068
11
14
Gabriel Aubry
Arden International
2:05.135
11
15
Richard Verschoor
MP Motorsport
2:05.269
12
16
Julien Falchero
Arden International
2:05.278
10
17
Niko Kari
MP Motorsport
2:05.296
13
18
Diego Menchaca
Campos Racing
2:05.782
11
19
Devlin DeFrancesco
MP Motorsport
2:05.974
12
20
Jannes Fittje
Jenzer Motorsport
2:06.036
11
2018-08-24T19:48:44+00:00August 24th, 2018|GP 3 Series|