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Hungaroring GP3: Richie Stanaway claims first series pole

Richie Stanaway

Richie Stanaway took pole position for Saturday's GP3 race at the Hungaroring, topping qualifying with a perfectly-timed lap at a circuit that is notoriously difficult to overtake around.

Status Grand Prix driver Stanaway set his 1m33.553s pole time with just over three minutes remaining, just seconds before a red flag as his team-mate Alfonso Celis hit the barriers.

Stanaway, who claimed his first pole in the series, will start ahead of points leader Alex Lynn, who just missed out on the points for top spot by 0.035s.

Title rival Jimmy Eriksson found the going tougher, however, and could only qualify 12th, though will start 10th as two cars in front of him have grid penalties.

Nick Yelloly made it a Status one-three, one of the few drivers to improve after the red flag, demoting Arden's Robert Visoiu to fourth.

ART's Dino Zamparelli, who had topped the session for its majority, slumped to fifth, but will start ahead of late improver Emil Bernstorff.

Alex Fontana will start eighth, but was on a pole-threatening lap when the red flags thwarted him.

Pos Driver               Team      Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Richie Stanaway      Status    1m33.553s           15 
 2. Alex Lynn            Carlin    1m33.588s  +0.035s  13 
 3. Nick Yelloly         Status    1m33.679s  +0.126s  13 
 4. Robert Visoiu        Arden     1m33.729s  +0.176s  13 
 5. Dino Zamparelli      ART       1m33.771s  +0.218s  13 
 6. Emil Bernstorff      Carlin    1m33.807s  +0.254s  14 
 7. Patric Niederhauser  Arden     1m33.873s  +0.320s  13 
 8. Alex Fontana         ART       1m33.894s  +0.341s  13 
 9. Patrick Kujala       Manor     1m33.975s  +0.422s  13 
10. Marvin Kirchhofer    ART       1m34.076s  +0.523s  13 
11. Luis Sa Silva        Carlin    1m34.084s  +0.531s  13 
12. Jimmy Eriksson       Koiranen  1m34.124s  +0.571s  14 
13. Jann Mardenborough   Arden     1m34.231s  +0.678s  13 
14. Mitch Gilbert        Trident   1m34.253s  +0.700s  12 
15. Santiago Urrutia     Koiranen  1m34.265s  +0.712s  14 
16. Dean Stoneman        Manor     1m34.308s  +0.755s  12 
17. Roman de Beer        Trident   1m34.327s  +0.774s  13 
18. Riccardo Agostini    Hilmer    1m34.346s  +0.793s  13 
19. Matheo Tuscher       Jenzer    1m34.420s  +0.867s  13 
20. Nelson Mason         Hilmer    1m34.450s  +0.897s  13 
21. Pal Varhaug          Jenzer    1m34.545s  +0.992s  13 
22. Sebastian Balthasar  Hilmer    1m34.569s  +1.016s  13 
23. Alfonso Celis Jr     Status    1m34.821s  +1.268s  10 
24. Christopher Hoher    Jenzer    1m35.776s  +2.223s  12 
25. Ryan Cullen          Manor     1m35.915s  +2.362s  13 
26. Carmen Jorda         Koiranen  1m38.632s  +5.079s  14 
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