Silverstone GP3: Marvin Kirchhofer claims pole for ART Grand Prix

ART Grand Prix driver Marvin Kirchhofer took pole position for round three of the GP3 Series at Silverstone

Silverstone GP3: Marvin Kirchhofer claims pole for ART Grand Prix

Kirchhofer, who set the initial pace on his opening run, was locked in an intense battle with several drivers for pole position.

Emil Bernstorff was his closest challenger. He was the first man out after the majority of drivers pitted for fresh tyres and immediately set the fastest time.

This was brief though as times began to fall thanks to the improving track conditions.

After several changes at the top it was Kirchhofer who was able to take pole position in the closing stages with a blistering time of 1m47,040s, more than a tenth of a second faster than Bernstorff.

Campos Racing driver Alex Palou, who ran consistently in the top 10, secured third place ahead of Koiranen GP's Matt Parry and his team-mate Jimmy Eriksson.

Points leader Luca Ghiotto could only manage sixth after setting the pace in free practice.

He finished ahead of Adderly Fong, who didn't set a competitive time until the closing stages, and Esteban Ocon in eighth.

Carlin driver Mitch Gilbert finished the session ninth, followed by Arden's Kevin Ceccon who rounded out the top 10.

Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco and Austria sprint-race winner Oscar Tunjo both struggled to set competitive times, with the latter not leaving the pits until the closing stages.

They finished 15th and 21st respectively.

QUALIFYING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 1m47.040s -
2 Emil Bernstorff Arden International 1m47.197s 0.157s
3 Alex Palou Campos Racing 1m47.237s 0.197s
4 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 1m47.258s 0.218s
5 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 1m47.389s 0.349s
6 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m47.602s 0.562s
7 Adderly Fong Koiranen GP 1m47.620s 0.580s
8 Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix 1m47.648s 0.608s
9 Mitch Gilbert Carlin 1m47.664s 0.624s
10 Kevin Ceccon Arden International 1m47.945s 0.905s
11 Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.053s 1.013s
12 Artur Janosz Trident 1m48.086s 1.046s
13 Seb Morris Status Grand Prix 1m48.169s 1.129s
14 Jann Mardenborough Carlin 1m48.204s 1.164s
15 Oscar Tunjo Trident 1m48.275s 1.235s
16 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.338s 1.298s
17 Alfonso Celis ART Grand Prix 1m48.522s 1.482s
18 Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 1m48.536s 1.496s
19 Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix 1m48.541s 1.501s
20 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.609s 1.569s
21 Antonio Fuoco Carlin 1m49.157s 2.117s
22 Alex Bosak Arden International 1m49.351s 2.311s
23 Christopher Hoher Campos Racing 1m49.661s 2.621s
24 Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing 1m49.750s 2.710s

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