Mitch Evans will start from pole for the first GP3 race at the Nurburgring
|By Glenn Freeman||Saturday, July 23rd 2011, 09:23 GMT|
Mitch Evans took pole position for the first GP3 race of the weekend at the Nurburgring, in a session where the top four cars were covered by less than one tenth of a second.
The former championship leader snatched top spot in the final two minutes of a session which came alive once the leading runners got their second sets of tyres up to temperature with just over five minutes remaining.
In the frantic activity that followed, early provisional pole-sitter Tom Dillmann initially extended his gap over the field to a comfortable half a second.
Several drivers then chipped away at that advantage, before Evans, Antonio Felix da Costa and Rio Haryanto all edged ahead of the Frenchman at the end.
Aaro Vainio and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs were next up, just ahead of championship leader Alexander Sims. The Status driver set the best first sector of all, but his hot lap fell away in particular in the middle sector in particular.
The fourth row is an all-British affair, with Lewis Williamson and James Calado lining up seventh and eighth.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 01. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1m49.366s 02. Antonio Felix da Costa Status 1m49.401s + 0.035s 03. Rio Haryanto Manor 1m49.444s + 0.078s 04. Tom Dillmann Addax 1m49.447s + 0.081s 05. Aaro Vainio Tech 1 1m49.506s + 0.140s 06. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor 1m49.612s + 0.246s 07. Alexander Sims Status 1m49.687s + 0.321s 08. Lewis Williamson MW Arden 1m49.755s + 0.389s 09. James Calado ART 1m49.803s + 0.437s 10. Zoel Amberg Atech CRS 1m49.811s + 0.445s 11. Valtteri Bottas ART 1m49.832s + 0.466s 12. Luciano Bacheta RSC Mucke 1m49.843s + 0.477s 13. Simon Trummer MW Arden 1m49.887s + 0.521s 14. Michael Christensen RSC Mucke 1m49.903s + 0.537s 15. Gabby Chaves Addax 1m49.960s + 0.594s 16. Conor Daly Carlin 1m49.964s + 0.598s 17. Pedro Nunes ART 1m49.990s + 0.624s 18. Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 1m50.006s + 0.640s 19. Nico Muller Jenzer 1m50.037s + 0.671s 20. Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer 1m50.057s + 0.691s 21. Nick Yelloly Atech CRS 1m50.069s + 0.703s 22. Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS 1m50.130s + 0.764s 23. Matias Laine Manor 1m50.184s + 0.818s 24. Ivan Lukashevich Status 1m50.222s + 0.856s 25. Dean Smith Addax 1m50.320s + 0.954s 26. Maxim Zimin Jenzer 1m50.519s + 1.153s 27. Nigel Melker RSC Mucke 1m50.612s + 1.246s 28. Callum MacLeod Carlin 1m50.821s + 1.455s 29. Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 1m52.142s + 2.776s 30. Thomas Hylkema Tech 1 1m52.481s + 3.115s