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GP2 NEWS 

Barcelona GP2: Marcus Ericsson leads all-DAMS front row

Marcus Ericsson, DAMS, Barcelona GP2Marcus Ericsson will start round five of the 2013 GP2 Series at Barcelona from pole position, leading a one-two for reigning champion DAMS ahead of team-mate Stephane Richelmi.

Ericsson, who had not scored a point this season until taking the four for pole position - his first-ever in the series - left it late to grab the top spot, having previously led the way for much of the session only for Richelmi to look like he had snatched it late on.

Track conditions were dry but with cloud cover rolling in, and rain threatening, there was a clamour to get on track and set a time as soon as possible, with all cars qualifying on the soft-compound Pirelli control tyre.

Points leader Stefano Coletti (Rapax) was the first frontrunner to set a competitive time, but he was soon beaten by the following James Calado in his ART machine.

Ericsson then crossed the line to wrest the top spot away, with Sam Bird popping up in second moments later for Russian Time.

Carlin's Felipe Nasr then claimed the second spot, 0.057 seconds down on Ericsson's fastest time, demoting Bird to the second row alongside Calado.

On the second run on fresh tyres, as the rain held off, Coletti soon jumped to third, with only a scrappy few final corners costing him a spot on the front row.

With 10 minutes remaining, and the track temperature dropping a couple of degrees due to the cloud cover, Nasr was next to shoot at Ericsson's pole time. But his 1m29.168s was a fraction slower than he had managed on his first run, as again the final sector proved his undoing.

Bird then took a shot, but his final sector was half a second slower than Ericsson's, and he stayed third. He got to within 0.036s of Nasr's third-placed time, however.

Stephane RichelmiThen from out of nowhere came Richelmi, who appeared to make big suspension changes in his time in the pits as he was only ninth after his first run.

He suddenly leapt to the top of the times - only for team-mate Ericsson to take it back seconds later by 0.165s.

Behind the all-DAMS front row, Nasr will start third ahead of Bird and Coletti.

Two-time feature race winner Fabio Leimer will start sixth for Racing Engineering ahead of Calado, with Robin Frijns in eighth ahead of two Kevins, Ceccon and Giovesi.

Pos  Driver               Team                Time       Gap
 1.  Marcus Ericsson      DAMS                1m28.706s
 2.  Stephane Richelmi    DAMS                1m28.871s  + 0.165s
 3.  Felipe Nasr          Carlin              1m29.152s  + 0.446s
 4.  Sam Bird             Russian Time        1m29.188s  + 0.482s
 5.  Stefano Coletti      Rapax               1m29.213s  + 0.507s
 6.  Fabio Leimer         Racing Engineering  1m29.293s  + 0.587s
 7.  James Calado         ART                 1m29.318s  + 0.612s
 8.  Robin Frijns         Hilmer              1m29.321s  + 0.615s
 9.  Kevin Ceccon         Trident             1m29.424s  + 0.718s
10.  Kevin Giovesi        Lazarus             1m29.425s  + 0.719s
11.  Jolyon Palmer        Carlin              1m29.609s  + 0.903s
12.  Daniel Abt           ART                 1m29.668s  + 0.962s
13.  Sergio Canamasas     Caterham            1m29.685s  + 0.979s
14.  Tom Dillmann         Russian Time        1m29.739s  + 1.033s
15.  Jon Lancaster        Hilmer              1m29.759s  + 1.053s
16.  Jake Rosenzweig      Addax               1m29.792s  + 1.086s
17.  Alexander Rossi      Caterham            1m29.804s  + 1.098s
18.  Julian Leal          Racing Engineering  1m29.824s  + 1.118s
19.  Mitch Evans          Arden               1m29.936s  + 1.230s
20.  Rene Binder          Lazarus             1m29.956s  + 1.250s
21.  Nathanael Berthon    Trident             1m29.969s  + 1.263s
22.  Rio Haryanto         Addax               1m30.020s  + 1.314s
23.  Johnny Cecotto       Arden               1m30.025s  + 1.319s
24.  Simon Trummer        Rapax               1m30.025s  + 1.319s
25.  Adrian Quaife-Hobbs  MP                  1m30.763s  + 2.057s
26.  Daniel de Jong       MP                  1m30.773s  + 2.067s
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