Hungaroring GP3: Richie Stanaway claims first series pole
|By Charles Bradley||Saturday, July 26th 2014, 08:38 GMT|
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