GP3 – Mitch Evans Snatches Pole

July 23, 2011

GP 3

Mitch Evans took his second pole position of the season for MW Arden in a closely fought battle for the top spot at Nürburgring today. The Series front runner was just 0.035 seconds ahead of Antonio Felix Da Costa in second.
 
The field hit the track in much improved and sunny conditions for the early morning session. Marussia Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto was the first driver to set a quick time during a frantic first few minutes of the session as the drivers all headed out on fresh rubber. Evans, James Calado, Valtteri Bottas and Tom Dillmann all joined the Indonesian at the top of the timesheet in a battle for P1.
 
By the midway point of qualifying when the thirty strong field began flooding the pits for new Pirelli P Zero slick tyres it was Dillmann who had taken control of the session and became the first man to break under the 1:50 barrier. The Frenchman was comfortably ahead of Lewis Williamson by half a second after the Scotsman put in a flyer to move up the times. Gabby Chaves was next to put in a challenge and the Addax Team driver briefly moved up into second before Felix Da Costa improved to bump the Colombian down a spot. Aaro Vainio was also in the mix and fighting with Haryanto for a second row start tomorrow.  
 
With four minutes left on the clock Felix Da Costa put in a storming lap to snatch provisional pole from Dillmann with a 1:49.401 lap and looked like securing his first GP3 pole, but seconds later Evans moved to the top. Dillmann put in one final challenge but was hampered by traffic leaving Evans and Felix Da Costa to line-up on the front row. Haryanto took third ahead of Dillmann, Vainio, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Alexander Sims, Williamson, Calado and Zoel Amberg.
 
With twenty-five drivers within one second tomorrow’s race look set to be a thriller. Evans is now just 1 point behind the Series leader Sims in the drivers’ standings.
 
Qualifying times:
 
POS
NO
DRIVER
TEAM
TIME
LAPS
GAP
1
26
M. EVANS
MW Arden
1:49.366
12
 
2
5
A. FELIX DA COSTA
Status Grand Prix
1:49.401
12
0.035
3
11
R. HARYANTO
Marussia Manor Racing
1:49.444
14
0.078
4
23
T. DILLMANN
Addax Team
1:49.447
14
0.081
5
17
A. VAINIO
Tech 1 Racing
1:49.506
12
0.140
6
10
A. QUAIFE-HOBBS
Marussia Manor Racing
1:49.612
14
0.246
7
4
A. SIMS
Status Grand Prix
1:49.687
14
0.321
8
28
L. WILLIAMSON
MW Arden
1:49.755
12
0.389
9
3
J. CALADO
Lotus ART
1:49.803
12
0.437
10
22
Z. AMBERG
Atech CRS GP
1:49.811
13
0.445
11
2
V. BOTTAS
Lotus ART
1:49.832
12
0.466
12
29
L. BACHETA
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1:49.843
12
0.477
13
27
S. TRUMMER
MW Arden
1:49.887
13
0.521
14
30
M. CHRISTENSEN
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1:49.903
12
0.537
15
24
G. CHAVES
Addax Team
1:49.960
13
0.594
16
14
C. DALY
Carlin
1:49.964
12
0.598
17
1
P. NUNES
Lotus ART
1:49.990
12
0.624
18
19
T. PAL KISS
Tech 1 Racing
1:50.006
13
0.640
19
7
N. MULLER
Jenzer Motorsport
1:50.037
12
0.671
20
9
V. GHIRELLI
Jenzer Motorsport
1:50.057
12
0.691
21
21
N. YELLOLY
Atech CRS GP
1:50.069
12
0.703
22
20
M. STOCKINGER
Atech CRS GP
1:50.130
13
0.764
23
12
M. LAINE
Marussia Manor Racing
1:50.184
13
0.818
24
6
I. LUKASHEVICH
Status Grand Prix
1:50.222
14
0.856
25
25
D. SMITH
Addax Team
1:50.320
13
0.954
26
8
M. ZIMIN
Jenzer Motorsport
1:50.519
12
1.153
27
31
N. MELKER
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1:50.612
9
1.246
28
15
C. MACLEOD
Carlin
1:50.821
12
1.455
29
16
L. CORDEIRO
Carlin
1:52.142
13
2.776
30
18
T. HYLKEMA
Tech 1 Racing
1:52.481
12
3.115
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