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Spa GP2: Sam Bird takes dominant pole

Sam Bird, Russian Time, Spa GP2 2013

Sam Bird will start the Spa GP2 feature race from pole position after dominating qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps.

The Russian Time driver set his best time on his first set of new soft tyres, and although his rivals took plenty of shots at beating the Briton, nobody achieved it.

Fabio Leimer came closest, the Racing Engineering man was three tenths down on Bird after the first run. He shaved another tenth off that on his second attempt, but remained 0.199s in arrears.

The other main story of the session was points leader Stefano Coletti's failure to convert his pace from free practice into qualifying speed. He lost a second to Bird in the middle sector alone, and will start 20th in his Rapax machine, 1.6s off the pace.

His nearest title rival, Felipe Nasr, also struggled. He will start 10th for Carlin.

ART's James Calado qualified third, but was the best part of half a second down on Bird.

Marcus Ericsson will start fourth, ahead of Alexander Rossi, Nathanael Berthon, Jolyon Palmer and Stephane Richelmi.

Sergio Canamasas qualified ninth, but will receive a 10-place grid penalty for an incident in the previous round.

Pos  Driver               Team                Time       Gap
 1.  Sam Bird             Russian Time        1m56.957s
 2.  Fabio Leimer         Racing Engineering  1m57.156s  +0.199s
 3.  James Calado         ART                 1m57.404s  +0.447s
 4.  Marcus Ericsson      DAMS                1m57.538s  +0.581s
 5.  Alexander Rossi      Caterham            1m57.578s  +0.621s
 6.  Nathanael Berthon    Trident             1m57.588s  +0.631s
 7.  Jolyon Palmer        Carlin              1m57.691s  +0.734s
 8.  Stephane Richelmi    DAMS                1m57.802s  +0.845s
 9.  Sergio Canamasas     Caterham            1m57.804s  +0.847s
10.  Felipe Nasr          Carlin              1m57.839s  +0.882s
11.  Robin Frijns         Hilmer              1m57.881s  +0.924s
12.  Julian Leal          Racing Engineering  1m57.924s  +0.967s
13.  Tom Dillmann         Russian Time        1m57.950s  +0.993s
14.  Mitch Evans          Arden               1m58.271s  +1.314s
15.  Simon Trummer        Rapax               1m58.384s  +1.427s
16.  Dani Clos            MP                  1m58.385s  +1.428s
17.  Johnny Cecotto Jr    Arden               1m58.419s  +1.462s
18.  Rio Haryanto         Addax               1m58.463s  +1.506s
19.  Adrian Quaife-Hobbs  Hilmer              1m58.534s  +1.577s
20.  Stefano Coletti      Rapax               1m58.618s  +1.661s
21.  Daniel de Jong       MP                  1m58.789s  +1.832s
22.  Rene Binder          Lazarus             1m58.803s  +1.846s
23.  Vittorio Ghirelli    Lazarus             1m58.831s  +1.874s
24.  Daniel Abt           ART                 1m59.022s  +2.065s
25.  Jake Rosenzweig      Addax               1m59.273s  +2.316s
26.  Ricardo Teixeira     Trident             2m17.528s  +20.571s
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