GP3 Barcelona: Jake Huges on pole as DAMS locks out front row

DAMS swept the front row for its maiden GP3 race in Barcelona qualifying, with Jake Hughes beating Kevin Jorg to pole position

GP3 Barcelona: Jake Huges on pole as DAMS locks out front row

The two Formula Renault 2.0 graduates emerged on top in a frenetic end to the first qualifying session for GP3's all new Dallara GP3/16, in sunny conditions after Friday's damp free practice.

The 1m34.632s lap with which Hughes deposed European Formula 3 convert and Ferrari protege Charles Leclerc from provisional pole in the closing minutes was eight tenths of a second faster than Luca Ghiotto's 2015 pole at the venue.

Jorg, who led the way into the closing stages, fell 0.140 seconds short of Hughes with his last shot but managed to take second from champion team ART Grand Prix's leading contender Leclerc.

ART's Honda junior Nirei Fukuzumi was another of the many drivers to spend a while on provisional pole and will start fourth for his first race outside Japan.

Arden had a spell provisionally first and second, but Jake Dennis ended up its top man in sixth ahead of Oscar Tunjo.

Antonio Fuoco made a late leap from the tail end to seventh. Alexander Albon, Ralph Boschung and Jack Aitken completed the top 10, the latter delayed in traffic on his final lap.

The session ran relatively incident free, bar Alex Palou being stranded at the trackside when his Campos car hit problems while leaving the pits.

QUALIFYING RESULT

Pos Driver Team Gap Laps
1 Jake Hughes DAMS 1m34.632s 11
2 Kevin Jorg DAMS 0.140s 13
3 Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 0.317s 13
4 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 0.416s 13
5 Jake Dennis Arden International 0.485s 15
6 Oscar Tunjo Jenzer Motorsport 0.528s 12
7 Antonio Fuoco Trident 0.569s 12
8 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 0.575s 12
9 Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP 0.712s 13
10 Jack Aitken Arden International 0.783s 13
11 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 0.831s 13
12 Tatiana Calderon Arden International 0.837s 14
13 Richard Gonda Jenzer Motorsport 0.962s 12
14 Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 0.966s 12
15 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1.024s 12
16 Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 1.061s 10
17 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 1.114s 10
18 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1.160s 12
19 Konstantin Tereschenko Campos Racing 1.438s 10
20 Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport 1.525s 13
21 Artur Janosz Trident 1.583s 12
22 Sandy Stuvik Trident 1.650s 13
23 Mahaveer Raghunathan Koiranen GP 2.590s 13
24 Alex Palou Campos Racing 2.616s 8

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