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Jul 06

GP3: Regalia takes maiden pole in Nurburgring

ART Grand Prix’s Facu Regalia narrowly beats Tio Ellinas to pole in Germany

GP3 - Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix)He’s done it! Facu Regalia is a happy man, after being so close to pole on several occasions this year, the Argentine driver promised to deliver a pole position and today he’s done just that.

The ART Grand Prix driver will be joined on the front row with Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas with just 0.054s separating the two. Jenzer Motorsport’s Alex Fontana will start in third on the second row.

A beautiful, warm morning greeted the GP3 paddock as the 27 drivers made their way onto the track ready for the 30 minute fight for pole. Bamboo Engineering’s Melville McKee was first out with his teammate Lewis Williamson first to lap in the 1m45s bracket ahead of Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) and Carlin’s Nick Yelloly.

Kevin Korjus (Koiranen GP) out-braked himself and lost time on one of his hot laps, but was soon back on the pace next time around and went straight to the top of the timesheets. His teammate Aaro Vainio had a small off track excursion but was able to continue. Williamson reclaimed his position back at the head of the timings at the midway point of the session, as the drivers returned to the pits for new rubber ready for their flier.

Regalia rose to P1 before Ellinas lit up the timing screens in purple to become the first driver to set a time in the 1m44s. The positions were swapping every few minutes with Kvyat lapping two tenths faster than the Cypriot to snatch top spot with Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims moving into second.

Ellinas was on a mission regaining P1 by almost four tenths of a second but Regalia was determined to make pole position his and within the final seconds, the ART Grand Prix driver demoted the Marussia Manor Racing driver to second and he celebrated his debut pole in the category, Fontana qualified third ahead of Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix), Williamson, Yelloly, Sims, Kvyat, Korjus and Carlos Sainz (MW Arden).

Race 1 will take place at 17.20 GMT later today and promises to be an exciting encounter, will we see a seventh different winner?

Qualifying
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:44.170
12
2.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:44.224
14
3.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:44.482
13
4.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:44.566
13
5.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
1:44.602
13
6.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:44.619
14
7.
Alexander Sims
Status Grand Prix
1:44.670
14
8.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:44.675
14
9.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:44.685
13
10.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:44.686
14
11.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:44.881
14
12.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:44.945
14
13.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:44.958
12
14.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:45.015
11
15.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:45.073
14
16.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:45.151
13
17.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:45.204
13
18.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:45.260
13
19.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:45.385
13
20.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:45.441
13
21.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:45.469
11
22.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:45.515
13
23.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:46.191
14
24.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:46.675
13
25.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:46.808
15
26.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:47.644
15
27.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:49.033
13

source: GP3 Series



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