Barcelona GP3: Red Bull junior Alex Lynn on pole for season opener

Alex Lynn will start the opening race of the 2014 GP3 season from pole position after a thrilling qualifying session in Spain

Barcelona GP3: Red Bull junior Alex Lynn on pole for season opener

The 2013 Macau Grand Prix winner remained under the radar for the majority of the 30-minute session, but vaulted to the top of the order in the final moments with a time of 1m35.614s.

Red Bull junior Lynn demoted fellow rookie Marvin Kirchoffer, who had been trading best lap times with practice pacesetter Richie Stanaway and Jimmy Eriksson up until the last five minutes of the session.

Patrick Kujala rounded off the top five ahead of Dino Zamparelli, while Emil Bernstorff and Alex Fontana occupy the fourth row of the grid.

GP3 returnee Pal Varhaug pipped ex-Formula 2 runner-up Matheo Tuscher to ninth.

Nelson Mason finished the session in 20th position, but drops three places after stewards discovered his car did not have its tyre valves correctly fitted during free practice on Friday.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Alex Lynn Carlin 1m35.614s 2. Marvin Kirchhofer ART 1m35.726s +0.112s 3. Richie Stanaway Status 1m35.784s +0.170s 4. Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen 1m35.904s +0.290s 5. Patrick Kujala Manor 1m35.970s +0.356s 6. Dino Zamparelli ART 1m36.015s +0.401s 7. Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1m36.136s +0.522s 8. Alex Fontana ART 1m36.151s +0.537s 9. Pal Varhaug Jenzer 1m36.165s +0.551s 10. Matheo Tuscher Jenzer 1m36.210s +0.596s 11. Nick Yelloly Status 1m36.230s +0.616s 12. Patric Niederhauser Arden 1m36.276s +0.662s 13. Dean Stoneman Manor 1m36.375s +0.761s 14. Roman de Beer Trident 1m36.579s +0.965s 15. Robert Visoiu Arden 1m36.711s +1.097s 16. Ryan Cullen Manor 1m36.759s +1.145s 17. Adderly Fong Jenzer 1m36.787s +1.173s 18. Jann Mardenborough Arden 1m36.871s +1.257s 19. Victor Carbone Trident 1m37.023s +1.409s 20. Nelson Mason Hilmer 1m37.084s +1.470s 21. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1m37.163s +1.549s 22. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen 1m37.166s +1.552s 23. Alfonso Celis Jr Status 1m37.300s .+1.686s 24. Beitske Visser Hilmer 1m37.406s +1.792s 25. Ivan Taranov Hilmer 1m38.071s +2.457s 26. Denis Nagulin Trident 1m38.203s +2.589s 27. Carmen Jorda Koiranen 1m38.694s +3.080s 
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