Lynn claimes pole position in Spielberg
GP3 Series leader Alex Lynn has continued his success from Round 1 by taking pole position in Spielberg. The Brit ended up on top of the pack by 0.023 ahead of Alex Fontana (ART Grand Prix) and Dean Stoneman (Marussia Manor Racing).
The thirty minute shoot-out for pole position was run in cool temperatures but dry conditions with Richie Stanaway (Status Grand Prix) leading the way. After ten minutes it was Lynn at the head of the timesheet with Stoneman lapping just 0.026 shy off his fellow countryman. A few moments later Stoneman had an excursion into the gravel on his hot lap and was very lucky to avoid making contact with the barrier and was able continue with his session. At the midway point Lynn led Stoneman, Mathéo Tuscher, Marvin Kirchhöfer and Stanaway.
The drivers returned to the pits for a new set of Pirelli tyres for their next attempt to fight for the elusive pole position and the vital four points assigned to it. Kirchhöfer and Patrick Kujala (Marussia Manor Racing) both snuck up to P1, whilst Lynn on his best attempt to date was caught behind traffic and unable to improve. Kujala bettered his own time and held provisional pole for a short time as the times tumbled in the dying moments. Fontana grabbed P1 but Lynn was on a mission and set the fastest time of the session with a 1:20.585. At the chequered flag Lynn held the coveted pole whilst Stoneman and Fontana both achieved their best ever grid positions in the category.
Emil Bernstorff, Kujala, Jimmy Eriksson, Kirchhöfer, Stanaway, Nick Yelloly and Luis Sa Silva completed the top ten. All three Carlin drivers qualified in the first ten with a personal best qualifying for the Angolan driver Sa Silva. Newcomer Riccardo Agostini (Hilmer Motorsport) finished 11th.
Race 1 will commence at 17.20 local time today.
GP3 Series - Red Bull Ring - Qualifying
|2||Alex Fontana||ART Grand Prix||0.023||18|
|3||Dean Stoneman||Marussia Manor Racing||0.079||17|
|5||Patrick Kujala||Marussia Manor Racing||0.159||18|
|6||Jimmy Eriksson||Koiranen GP||0.212||19|
|7||Marvin Kirchhöfer||ART Grand Prix||0.278||17|
|8||Richie Stanaway||Status Grand Prix||0.389||16|
|9||Nick Yelloly||Status Grand Prix||0.486||16|
|10||Luis Sa Silva||Carlin||0.557||18|
|11||Riccardo Agostini||Hilmer Motorsport||0.564||18|
|12||Dino Zamparelli||ART Grand Prix||0.583||18|
|13||Nelson Mason||Hilmer Motorsport||0.608||17|
|14||Mathéo Tuscher||Jenzer Motorsport||0.640||18|
|15||Jann Mardenborough||Arden International||0.642||17|
|16||Patric Niederhauser||Arden Internationa||0.651||18|
|17||Robert Visoiu||Arden International||0.724||19|
|18||Santiago Urrutia||Koiranen GP||0.797||17|
|19||Roman De Beer||Trident||0.906||17|
|20||Alfonso Celis Jr||Status Grand Prix||1.006||17|
|21||Pal Varhaug||Jenzer Motorsport||1.069||18|
|22||Adderly Fong||Jenzer Motorsport||1.323||17|
|24||Nikolay Martsenko||Hilmer Motorsport||1.586||18|
|25||Ryan Cullen||Marussia Manor Racing||1.674||17|
|26||Carmen Jorda||Koiranen GP||3.217||17|