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Spa GP3: Luca Ghiotto takes shock pole on series debut for Trident

Luca Ghiotto, Trident, Spa GP3 2014

Formula Renault 3.5 midfielder Luca Ghiotto scored a shock pole position in the GP3 Series at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday morning on his debut in the championship.

In wet conditions, Ghiotto lapped the Belgian Grand Prix venue in 2m22.251s in his Trident machine, a third of a second clear of Emil Bernstorff's Carlin entry.

Trident changed its entire line-up this weekend, but lost a car following Konstantin Tereshchenko's massive accident in Friday practice.

Title contender Jimmy Eriksson will start third for Koiranen GP, ahead of championship rivals Richie Stanaway and leader Alex Lynn.

Practice pacesetting team ART GP went for a bold slick-tyre gamble during the session that backfired on it, with Marvin Kirchhofer the best placed of its cars in seventh, behind Patrick Kujala.

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Pos  Driver               Team      Time       Gap
 1.  Luca Ghiotto         Trident   2m22.251s
 2.  Emil Bernstorff      Carlin    2m22.584s  +0.333s
 3.  Jimmy Eriksson       Koiranen  2m22.678s  +0.427s
 4.  Richie Stanaway      Status    2m22.862s  +0.611s
 5.  Alex Lynn            Carlin    2m23.081s  +0.830s
 6.  Patrick Kujala       Manor     2m23.303s  +1.052s
 7.  Marvin Kirchhofer    ART       2m23.413s  +1.162s
 8.  Patric Niederhauser  Arden     2m23.438s  +1.187s
 9.  Matheo Tuscher       Jenzer    2m23.481s  +1.230s
10.  Dino Zamparelli      ART       2m23.565s  +1.314s
11.  Dean Stoneman        Manor     2m23.586s  +1.335s
12.  Jann Mardenborough   Arden     2m23.794s  +1.543s
13.  Nick Yelloly         Status    2m23.920s  +1.669s
14.  Robert Visoiu        Arden     2m23.996s  +1.745s
15.  Kevin Ceccon         Jenzer    2m24.057s  +1.806s
16.  Alex Fontana         ART       2m24.248s  +1.997s
17.  Sebastian Balthasar  Hilmer    2m24.464s  +2.213s
18.  Santiago Urrutia     Koiranen  2m24.687s  +2.436s
19.  Nelson Mason         Hilmer    2m24.846s  +2.595s
20.  Luis Sa Silva        Carlin    2m24.862s  +2.611s
21.  Pal Varhaug          Jenzer    2m25.301s  +3.050s
22.  Alfonso Celis        Status    2m25.553s  +3.302s
23.  Riccardo Agostini    Hilmer    2m25.965s  +3.714s
24.  John Bryant-Meisner  Trident   2m25.969s  +3.718s
25.  Ryan Cullen          Manor     2m26.537s  +4.286s
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