GP3 – Quaife-Hobbs Clinches Maiden Pole

July 9, 2011

GP 3

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs has claimed his first GP3 pole position in Silverstone today after setting the fastest lap in today’s qualifying session.
 
The Marussia Manor Racing driver’s best lap of 1:51.190 was nearly fourth tenths clear of second place man Lotus ART’s James Calado ensuring an all British front row for Race 1 at Silverstone Circuit this afternoon.
 
In stark contrast to yesterday’s torrential conditions, this morning the teams were greeted with dry and bright conditions, albeit with a slightly damp track, and all thirty drivers headed out on track with Pirelli P Zero slick tyres. Carlin’s Tom Dillmann was the first car to complete a flying lap and go top until the rest of the field got up to speed.
 
Mid-session was dominated by the MW Arden duo of Lewis Williamson and Series leader Mitch Evans, along with eventual poleman Quaife-Hobbs. The trio constantly swapped fastest laptimes, until Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Müller found some extra time around the 5.891 km track to go top of the timesheet with a 1:52.285 lap.
 
But with five minutes left on the clock Williamson was back on top and looked string for his second pole of the season. It was then a frantic final minute which saw Williamson, Calado and finally Quaife-Hobbs heading the grid and taking his, and Marussia Manor Racing’s first ever GP3 pole. Valencia race 2 winner Calado sealed a British 1-2, with Evans taking third ahead of Alexander Sims in fourth for Status Grand Prix
 
Next up for GP3 Series is Race 1 this afternoon at 16:20 local time.
 
Qualifying times:
 
POS
NO
DRIVER
TEAM
TIME
LAPS
GAP
1
10
A. QUAIFE-HOBBS
Marussia Manor Racing
1:51.190
13
 
2
3
J. CALADO
Lotus ART
1:51.576
13
0.386
3
28
L. WILLIAMSON
MW Arden
1:51.600
13
0.410
4
26
M. EVANS
MW Arden
1:51.790
14
0.600
5
4
A. SIMS
Status Grand Prix
1:51.847
14
0.657
6
7
N. MULLER
Jenzer Motorsport
1:51.889
14
0.699
7
2
V. BOTTAS
Lotus ART
1:51.921
12
0.731
8
31
N. MELKER
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1:51.927
13
0.737
9
11
R. HARYANTO
Marussia Manor Racing
1:51.932
14
0.742
10
23
T. DILLMANN
Addax Team
1:51.992
14
0.802
11
5
A. FELIX DA COSTA
Status Grand Prix
1:52.252
14
1.062
12
30
M. CHRISTENSEN
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1:52.319
13
1.129
13
24
G. CHAVES
Addax Team
1:52.371
11
1.181
14
17
A. VAINIO
Tech 1 Racing
1:52.439
13
1.249
15
19
T. PAL KISS
Tech 1 Racing
1:52.445
13
1.255
16
12
M. LAINE
Marussia Manor Racing
1:52.450
14
1.260
17
27
S. TRUMMER
MW Arden
1:52.504
13
1.314
18
8
M. ZIMIN
Jenzer Motorsport
1:52.633
14
1.488
19
21
N. YELLOLY
Atech CRS GP
1:52.678
14
1.488
20
9
V. GHIRELLI
Jenzer Motorsport
1:52.741
14
1.551
21
6
I. LUKASHEVICH
Status Grand Prix
1:52.782
14
1.592
22
20
M. STOCKINGER
Atech CRS GP
1:52.826
13
1.636
23
15
D. MORAD
Carlin
1:52.855
12
1.665
24
29
L. BACHETA
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1:52.856
13
1.666
25
25
D. SMITH
Addax Team
1:52.936
13
1.746
26
1
P. NUNES
Lotus ART
1:52.943
13
1.753
27
18
T. HYLKEMA
Tech 1 Racing
1:54.018
12
2.828
28
22
Z. AMBERG
Atech CRS GP
1:54.049
12
2.859
29
16
L. CORDEIRO
Carlin
1:54.789
12
3.599
30
14
C. DALY
Carlin
1:54.835
11
3.645
 
 
Following yesterday’s second practice session the stewards handed Marussia Manor Racing’s Matias Laine a drop of ten grid spots for race 1 on Saturday for ignoring waved yellow flags.
 
There are also three penalties outstanding from Valencia two weeks ago. Marussia Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto, RSC Mücke Motorsport’s Nigel Melker and Tech 1 Racing’s Thomas Hylkema were all given penalties after Race 2 at the Valencia Street Circuit.
 
All three drivers were given a drop of ten grid spots for their next race at Silverstone Circuit for causing a collision
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