Evans tops ultra-close pole fight

Mitch Evans came out on top by just one thousandth of a second to snatch pole from Andrea Caldarelli in GP3 qualifying at Barcelona

Evans tops ultra-close pole fight

Tech 1's Caldarelli had set the pace for much of the session. But the lap times really started to tumble in the final five minutes, with several drivers taking a turn at the top.

Valtteri Bottas (ART) was the first to up the pace, yet his best lap was eventually only good enough for 10th on the grid. The first driver to edge him out was Marlon Stockinger, but he would have to settle for third as Evans and Caldarelli began a head-to-head scrap for pole.

Evans was running slightly ahead of the Italian on track as they started their hot laps with four minutes remaining. When the MW Arden driver took pole for the first time, Caldarelli snatched it back just seconds later.

Both drivers were on course to improve on their second laps, and Evans duly took first position back. Caldarelli was set to take it back yet again, but a small lock up into the final chicane left him 0.001 seconds shy.

Stockinger (Atech CRS) will be joined on the second row by Tech 1's Aaro Vainio, who put together a string of good laps late in the session. James Calado took fifth for ART, just ahead of championship leader Nigel Melker (Mucke) and Friday's pacesetter Nico Muller (Jenzer).

Michael Christensen did not set a time after having a session to forget. He lost his left rear wheel on his first run, and his session came to an end after he smashed into a fire extinguisher as he went to leave the pits for a second attempt.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1m38.498s 2. Andrea Caldarelli Tech 1 1m38.499s + 0.001s 3. Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS 1m38.739s + 0.241s 4. Aaro Vainio Tech 1 1m38.778s + 0.280s 5. James Calado ART 1m38.825s + 0.327s 6. Nigel Melker RSC Mucke 1m38.826s + 0.328s 7. Nico Muller Jenzer 1m38.914s + 0.416s 8. Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 1m38.991s + 0.493s 9. Dean Smith Addax 1m39.052s + 0.554s 10. Valtteri Bottas ART 1m39.074s + 0.576s 11. Nick Yelloly Atech CRS 1m39.091s + 0.593s 12. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor 1m39.106s + 0.608s 13. Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer 1m39.132s + 0.634s 14. Maxim Zimin Jenzer 1m39.132s + 0.634s 15. Dominic Storey Addax 1m39.165s + 0.667s 16. Alexander Sims Status 1m39.183s + 0.685s 17. Antonio Felix da Costa Status 1m39.225s + 0.727s 18. Pedro Nunes ART 1m39.229s + 0.731s 19. Gabby Chaves Addax 1m39.231s + 0.733s 20. Lewis Williamson MW Arden 1m39.251s + 0.753s 21. Matias Laine Manor 1m39.273s + 0.775s 22. Ivan Lukashevich Status 1m39.277s + 0.779s 23. Rio Haryanto Manor 1m39.334s + 0.836s 24. Zoel Amberg Atech CRS 1m39.382s + 0.884s 25. Conor Daly Carlin 1m39.516s + 1.018s 26. Daniel Morad Carlin 1m39.601s + 1.103s 27. Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 1m39.610s + 1.112s 28. Simon Trummer MW Arden 1m39.713s + 1.215s 29. Luciano Bacheta RSC Mucke 1m40.301s + 1.803s 30. Michael Christensen RSC Mucke 1m49.478s + 10.980s 
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