Monza GP3: Luca Ghiotto beats Esteban Ocon to pole by a second

GP3 championship leader Luca Ghiotto stormed to pole position in damp conditions at his home race at Monza, beating title rival Esteban Ocon by a second

Monza GP3: Luca Ghiotto beats Esteban Ocon to pole by a second

Mercedes junior Ocon traded fastest times with Trident's Ghiotto in the latter stages of the session on the drying track, but fell way short of the mark.

Ghiotto, who crossed the line ahead of Ocon's ART car, saved his best time for his final lap with a 1m50.007s, to eclipse his nearest championship challenger by a staggering margin.

The Italian was the only driver on track to make it into the 1m50s.

Matt Parry mastered the conditions to climb up the order to third on his final run, a GP3 career best grid slot for the 2013 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC award winner.

Parry's late surge for Koiranen demoted Aren International team-mates Kevin Ceccon, who was outside the top 10 before his last lap, and Emil Bernstorff to fourth and fifth place.

Marvin Kirchhofer also left it late to improve. He jumped to sixth ahead of Campos Racing's Alex Palou on his final run.

Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco was eighth in front of his home crowd.

Status Grand Prix's Seb Morris had an eventful session with numerous off track excursions. He was able to pull a strong lap together though to qualify ninth ahead of Jimmy Eriksson, who completed the top 10.

GP3 newcomer Amaury Bonduel had a good first outing in qualifying. The youngster qualified 13th ahead of fellow rookie Brandon Maisano in 19th.

Jenzer Motorsport's Ralph Boschung failed to set a time due to mechanical issues.

QUALIFYING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m50.007s -
2 Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix 1m51.007s 1.000s
3 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 1m51.292s 1.285s
4 Kevin Ceccon Arden International 1m51.415s 1.408s
5 Emil Bernstorff Arden International 1m51.428s 1.421s
6 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 1m51.442s 1.435s
7 Alex Palou Campos Racing 1m51.452s 1.445s
8 Antonio Fuoco Carlin 1m51.720s 1.713s
9 Seb Morris Status Grand Prix 1m51.723s 1.716s
10 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 1m51.748s 1.741s
11 Artur Janosz Trident 1m51.806s 1.799s
12 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 1m51.813s 1.806s
13 Amaury Bonduel Trident 1m52.048s 2.041s
14 Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix 1m52.095s 2.088s
15 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 1m52.219s 2.212s
16 Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing 1m52.373s 2.366s
17 Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 1m52.383s 2.376s
18 Mitch Gilbert Carlin 1m52.501s 2.494s
19 Brandon Maisano Campos Racing 1m52.653s 2.646s
20 Alex Bosak Arden International 1m54.052s 4.045s
- Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport - -

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