GP2 Bahrain: Pierre Gasly beats Stoffel Vandoorne to pole position

Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly shaded McLaren Formula 1 reserve Stoffel Vandoorne to claim his second GP2 pole position in Bahrain

GP2 Bahrain: Pierre Gasly beats Stoffel Vandoorne to pole position

2015 champion Vandoorne sat at the top of the times for the bulk of the 30-minute session, as the only man below the 1m40s barrier with his time of 1m39.957s.

He improved with four minutes remaining to a 1m39.612s lap, only to be eclipsed by DAMS driver Gasly moments later.

With his 1m39.572s effort, Gasly secured pole from Vandoorne by just 0.040 seconds.

In the flurry of late times, Raffaele Marciello and Alex Lynn jumped up to third and fourth, 0.076s and 0.089s shy of pole respectively.

Jordan King will line up fifth, while his Racing Engineering team-mate Alexander Rossi will start ninth, six tenths off the pace.

Having led practice on Thursday morning, Rossi was only 16th after his first run, and improved to fifth on his second effort, but he was demoted in the final minutes.

Norman Nato will start sixth, having been Vandoorne's closest challenger for much of the session, ahead of Mitch Evans and Nobuharu Matsushita, while Arthur Pic completes the top 10 behind Rossi.

Formula Renault 3.5 champion Oliver Rowland was 18th fastest in his first qualifying session with Status Grand Prix, marginally behind team-mate Marlon Stockinger.

On his return from injury, Daniel De Jong will start 21st.

QUALIFYING RESULT

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Pierre Gasly DAMS 1m39.572s - 11
2 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1m39.612s 0.040s 11
3 Raffaele Marciello Trident 1m39.648s 0.076s 12
4 Alex Lynn DAMS 1m39.661s 0.089s 11
5 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1m39.902s 0.330s 11
6 Norman Nato Arden International 1m40.004s 0.432s 11
7 Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1m40.027s 0.455s 11
8 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m40.079s 0.507s 12
9 Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1m40.141s 0.569s 11
10 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1m40.176s 0.604s 11
11 Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1m40.212s 0.640s 12
12 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m40.354s 0.782s 11
13 Rene Binder MP Motorsport 1m40.367s 0.795s 11
14 Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1m40.539s 0.967s 10
15 Nathanael Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus 1m40.571s 0.999s 11
16 Sergio Canamasas Daiko Team Lazarus 1m40.588s 1.016s 12
17 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1m40.650s 1.078s 11
18 Oliver Rowland Status Grand Prix 1m40.720s 1.148s 10
19 Dean Stoneman Carlin 1m41.106s 1.534s 11
20 Nicholas Latifi MP Motorsport 1m41.145s 1.573s 11
21 Daniel de Jong Trident 1m41.208s 1.636s 12
22 Andre Negrao Arden International 1m41.432s 1.860s 11
23 Gustav Malja Rapax 1m41.775s 2.203s 11
24 Sean Gelael Carlin 1m42.840s 3.268s 11

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