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Monza GP3: Mitch Evans sets pole position to step closer to title

Mitch Evans, MW Arden, GP3, MonzaMitch Evans scored a crucial pole position that extended his GP3 championship lead at Monza on Saturday morning.

The Kiwi's fourth pole of the year means he can clinch the title in today's first race at the season finale, having outpaced his nearest rival Antonio Felix da Costa by 0.02 seconds to claim the four points on offer.

Evans extends his lead to 25.5 points. Da Costa had been fastest earlier in the session, and would have got the gap down to 17.5 if he had held on.

David Fumanelli was third fastest, ahead of Matias Laine to make it all three MW Arden cars in the top four places, with da Costa's Carlin machine the only interloper.

Tio Ellinas will start fifth, a great comeback after electrical problems in practice, ahead of Tamas Pal Kiss, Will Buller, Daniel Abt and Conor Daly.

The third title contender, Aaro Vainio, was a disappointing 13th for Lotus.

In terms of on-track incidents, Kevin Ceccon rear-ended Patric Niederhauser at the Roggia chicane. Da Costa was also involved in a weird moment when he pulled off the racing line to find a gap exiting the Lesmos, only for those around him to likewise check-up and almost cause an accident behind them.

Pos  Driver                  Team       Time       Gap
 1.  Mitch Evans             MW Arden   1m43.542s
 2.  Antonio Felix da Costa  Carlin     1m43.562s  + 0.020s
 3.  David Fumanelli         MW Arden   1m43.897s  + 0.355s
 4.  Matias Laine            MW Arden   1m43.903s  + 0.361s
 5.  Tio Ellinas             Manor      1m44.105s  + 0.563s
 6.  Tamas Pal Kiss          Atech CRS  1m44.186s  + 0.644s
 7.  Will Buller             Carlin     1m44.273s  + 0.731s
 8.  Daniel Abt              Lotus      1m44.371s  + 0.829s
 9.  Conor Daly              Lotus      1m44.433s  + 0.891s
10.  Patric Niederhauser     Jenzer     1m44.452s  + 0.910s
11.  Giovanni Venturini      Trident    1m44.516s  + 0.974s
12.  Robert Visoiu           Jenzer     1m44.600s  + 1.058s
13.  Aaro Vainio             Lotus      1m44.668s  + 1.126s
14.  Dmitry Suranovich       Manor      1m44.860s  + 1.318s
15.  Robert Cregan           Ocean      1m44.903s  + 1.361s
16.  Marlon Stockinger       Status     1m44.943s  + 1.401s
17.  Lewis Williamson        Status     1m44.960s  + 1.418s
18.  Fabiano Machado         Manor      1m45.030s  + 1.488s
19.  Alex Brundle            Carlin     1m45.056s  + 1.514s
20.  John Wartique           Atech CRS  1m45.165s  + 1.623s
21.  Kevin Ceccon            Ocean      1m45.213s  + 1.671s
22.  Alice Powell            Status     1m45.303s  + 1.761s
23.  Vicky Piria             Trident    1m45.659s  + 2.117s
24.  Ethan Ringel            Atech CRS  1m46.911s  + 3.369s
25.  Carmen Jorda            Ocean      1m49.400s  + 5.858s
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