GP3 Bahrain: Esteban Ocon takes points lead with pole position

Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon has moved back into the lead of the GP3 championship, after taking his second pole position of the year in Bahrain

GP3 Bahrain: Esteban Ocon takes points lead with pole position

Ocon claimed his maiden GP3 pole at Sochi last month, and started the penultimate round of the series - being held alongside the World Endurance Championship finale this weekend - just two points behind Luca Ghiotto.

With a time of 1m46.684s set with three minutes to go, Ocon claimed the four bonus points for pole, to reclaim the championship lead for the first time since the season opener at Barcelona in May.

Trident driver Ghiotto improved late on to take second, but he still finished the session 0.504 seconds off Ocon's benchmark.

Ghiotto set the early pace with a 1m47.677s effort and led as the session was red flagged when debutant Matevos Isaakyan - replacing Adderly Fong at Koiranen GP - stopped on track 10 minutes in.

Alex Palou then lowered the benchmark to 1m47.218s with six minutes to go, before Ocon's effort.

Palou finished the session fourth, with Kevin Ceccon jumping up to third late in the piece.

Ocon's ART Grand Prix team-mate Marvin Kirchhofer was fifth, ahead of Artur Janosz, Emil Bernstorff, Jann Mardenborough, Jimmy Eriksson and Antonio Fuoco.

QUALIFYING RESULT

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix 1m46.684s - 10
2 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m47.188s 0.504s 10
3 Kevin Ceccon Arden International 1m47.197s 0.513s 13
4 Alex Palou Campos Racing 1m47.218s 0.534s 12
5 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 1m47.259s 0.575s 11
6 Artur Janosz Trident 1m47.618s 0.934s 10
7 Emil Bernstorff Arden International 1m47.663s 0.979s 10
8 Jann Mardenborough Carlin 1m47.686s 1.002s 9
9 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 1m47.713s 1.029s 10
10 Antonio Fuoco Carlin 1m47.833s 1.149s 12
11 Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 1m47.944s 1.260s 13
12 Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport 1m47.947s 1.263s 13
13 Mitch Gilbert Carlin 1m47.954s 1.270s 12
14 Alfonso Celis ART Grand Prix 1m48.103s 1.419s 10
15 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.109s 1.425s 13
16 Seb Morris Status Grand Prix 1m48.265s 1.581s 12
17 Michele Beretta Trident 1m48.290s 1.606s 12
18 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 1m48.304s 1.620s 10
19 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.314s 1.630s 13
20 Alex Bosak Arden International 1m48.359s 1.675s 11
21 Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 1m48.576s 1.892s 3
22 Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing 1m48.775s 2.091s 11
23 Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix 1m48.815s 2.131s 13
24 Konstantin Tereschenko Campos Racing 1m48.946s 2.262s 10

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