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Prema's Gunther on F3 Red Bull Ring pole after Eriksson penalty

Maximilian Gunther claimed pole position for the first race of the Formula 3 European Championship round at the Red Bull Ring after Joel Eriksson's session-topping time was disallowed

F3 rookie Eriksson, who raced at the Austrian circuit in last year's German F4 Championship, topped free practice and was at the top of the times for much of the qualifying session, but had his two quickest times disallowed for running too wide, relegating him to sixth in the order.

It provided further gloom for the Motopark team, whose truck was destroyed en route to the circuit by a fire that originated with a seized wheelbearing.

UPDATE: Gunther loses fastest lap, Ilott to start from pole

Van Amersfoort Racing's Callum Ilott briefly grabbed pole, only to be denied at the last gasp to the tune of 0.061 seconds by Prema Powerteam man Gunther.

In a confused last couple of laps, Sergio Sette Camara crashed at the final turn and Gunther set his pole time - including his fastest third-sector time - under yellow flags, although when asked by Autosport if he lifted off he said: "I did, I did, but honestly there was a lot of chaos on the last laps.

"But it was a good qualifying for us - it was very tight definitely but we did some good improvements since free practice and I'm very happy to be at the front."

Ben Barnicoat led the Hitech Grand Prix charge and will line up third, with Prema's series leader Lance Stroll joining him on the second row.

Mikkel Jensen ended up fifth in his Mucke Motorsport machine but the Dane - as well as Peter Li - has been penalised three places on the grid for crossing the pit-exit white line twice during free practice, so drops to eighth.

Those drops promoted Eriksson back up to fifth, with Hitech's George Russell alongside him on row three.

Motopark-run Ferrari protege Guan Yu Zhou will start seventh, with the penalised Jensen next and then Pedro Piquet (his best effort to date for Van Amersfoort) and Prema man Ralf Aron completing the top 10.

Two drivers started qualifying with very little track time from free practice.

Gearbox problems for David Beckmann cost him the first hour of the 80 minutes, and a fire in the assembly area meaning that Niko Kari - whose car had also been in the barbecued Motopark truck - had to sit out the duration.

RACE ONE QUALIFYING

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m23.969s -
2 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m23.987s 0.018s
3 Ben Barnicoat Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.024s 0.055s
4 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.058s 0.089s
5 Mikkel Jensen kfzteile Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.091s 0.122s
6 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.092s 0.123s
7 George Russell Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.156s 0.187s
8 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.328s 0.359s
9 Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.406s 0.437s
10 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.551s 0.582s
11 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.711s 0.742s
12 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.715s 0.746s
13 David Beckmann kfzteile Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.773s 0.804s
14 Niko Kari Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.791s 0.822s
15 Guanyu Zhou Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.830s 0.861s
16 Ryan Tveter Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.841s 0.872s
17 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.995s 1.026s
18 Alessio Lorandi Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m25.256s 1.287s
19 Zhi Cong Li Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m25.390s 1.421s
20 Arjun Maini ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 1m25.483s 1.514s
21 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m25.496s 1.527s
22 Weiron Tan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m26.631s 2.662s


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