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Sochi GP3: Dean Stoneman takes pole position on Koiranen GP return

Dean Stoneman will start the first-ever GP3 race at Sochi Autodrom in Russia from pole position after dominating qualifying by almost half a second

Stoneman has switched from the absent Manor team, which failed to make the trip to Sochi due to commercial reasons, back to Koiranen GP this weekend.

Still wearing his Marussia-branded overalls in tribute to the team's injured Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi, Stoneman led the way for the majority of the 30-minute session.

After topping the first runs with a 1m52.501s laptime, Stoneman set a stunning 1m51.715s on his second set of new tyres.

The closest anyone came was the ART trio of Alex Fontana, Marvin Kirchhofer and Dino Zamparelli, who all lapped within 0.084s of each other. Stoneman's advantage over Fontana was 0.489s.

Koiranen's Jimmy Eriksson will start fifth, 0.6s off the pole time of his new team-mate, while title contender Richie Stanaway was sixth fastest, 0.7s off the pace.

But the Kiwi has lost his grid position because he failed to stop at the FIA weight check and the Status team worked on the car before it was presented to the FIA garage. He will now have to start from the pitlane.

Stanaway needs to overturn a 50-point deficit to points leader Alex Lynn over the next four races to wrest the title away. The maximum score per weekend is 48, so Lynn can now easily wrap up the title this weekend ahead of the Abu Dhabi finale.

Carlin driver Lynn was on target to take pole on his final lap, but a huge lock-up at Turn 13 ruined his chances having set a purple first sector and personal-best second sector. He will start eighth, behind Kevin Ceccon.

Patric Niederhauser and Emil Bernstorff rounded out the top 10.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Dean Stoneman Koiranen GP 1m51.715s - 11
2 Alex Fontana ART Grand Prix 1m52.204s 0.489s 13
3 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 1m52.208s 0.493s 12
4 Dino Zamparelli ART Grand Prix 1m52.288s 0.573s 12
5 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 1m52.388s 0.673s 12
6 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1m52.476s 0.761s 13
7 Kevin Ceccon Jenzer Motorsport 1m52.499s 0.784s 13
8 Alex Lynn Carlin 1m52.506s 0.791s 12
9 Patric Niederhauser Arden International 1m52.527s 0.812s 14
10 Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1m52.537s 0.822s 14
11 Nick Yelloly Status Grand Prix 1m52.607s 0.892s 12
12 Jann Mardenborough Arden International 1m52.906s 1.191s 13
13 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 1m52.981s 1.266s 14
14 Robert Visoiu Arden International 1m53.019s 1.304s 15
15 Riccardo Agostini Hilmer Motorsport 1m53.151s 1.436s 14
16 Mitch Gilbert Trident 1m53.190s 1.475s 12
17 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 1m53.193s 1.478s 15
18 Patrick Kujala Trident 1m53.386s 1.671s 13
19 Alfonso Celis Status Grand Prix 1m53.693s 1.978s 14
20 Luis Jorge Sa Silva Carlin 1m53.742s 2.027s 14
21 Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP 1m53.744s 2.029s 14
22 Nelson Mason Hilmer Motorsport 1m54.191s 2.476s 14
23 Nikolay Martsenko Hilmer Motorsport 1m54.700s 2.985s 14


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