GP3 Hungary: Luca Ghiotto takes pole position in closing moments

Championship leader Luca Ghiotto edged out Emil Bernstorff on his final run in an extremely close GP3 qualifying to clinch pole position at the Hungaroring

GP3 Hungary: Luca Ghiotto takes pole position in closing moments

Trident driver Ghiotto, who set the initial pace on his opening run, traded fastest times with Bernstorff and Marvin Kirchhofer for the majority of the session.

The Italian however left his best lap for his final run, pipping Bernstorff by just 0.036s when the chequered flag fell, with a time of 1m34.030s.

Mercedes junior driver Esteban Ocon, who was fastest in free practice, also left it late to set his best time.

The Frenchman jumped from seventh to third in the closing stages, demoting Kirchhofer and Jimmy Eriksson down to fourth and fifth.

Koiranen GP driver Matt Parry, who ran wide on several occasions, was able to pull some strong laps together to qualify sixth ahead of Alex Palou and Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco.

Fresh off the back of his maiden series win at Silverstone Kevin Ceccon qualified in ninth, only a fraction clear of Pal Varhaug who rounded out the top 10.

ART driver Alfonso Celis Jr completed four laps but failed to set a time and will start behind Samin Gomez in last place.

QUALIFYING RESULT

Pos Driver Team Gap Laps
1 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m34.030s 12
2 Emil Bernstorff Arden International 0.036s 15
3 Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix 0.184s 12
4 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 0.201s 12
5 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 0.329s 15
6 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 0.492s 14
7 Alex Palou Campos Racing 0.496s 14
8 Antonio Fuoco Carlin 0.541s 12
9 Kevin Ceccon Arden International 0.714s 14
10 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 0.715s 13
11 Mitch Gilbert Carlin 0.721s 14
12 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 0.736s 13
13 Seb Morris Status Grand Prix 0.843s 12
14 Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport 0.971s 11
15 Artur Janosz Trident 0.978s 14
16 Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 1.041s 15
17 Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix 1.061s 14
18 Jann Mardenborough Carlin 1.078s 14
19 Adderly Fong Koiranen GP 1.225s 14
20 Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing 2.110s 14
21 Alex Bosak Arden International 2.205s 14
22 Samin Gomez Campos Racing 3.134s 13
- Alfonso Celis ART Grand Prix - 4

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