Hulkenberg earns maiden GP2 pole

Nico Hulkenberg has taken his first GP2 Series pole position in a closely-fought qualifying session at Istanbul Park today

Hulkenberg earns maiden GP2 pole

The ART rookie's 1m34.404s lap came in the final minutes and proved just beyond the reach of Super Nova's Luca Filippi and championship leader Romain Grosjean, who both fell short by just over a tenth of a second.

Grosjean's Barwa Addax team-mate Vitaly Petrov was the benchmark for most of the half-hour session but was forced to watch the final minutes from the side of the track after his car stopped at Turn 7 with a mechanical problem.

His best time was still good enough to keep him on the second row, with Karun Chandhok and Andi Zuber to line up behind him.

Some of the regular frontrunners have their work cut out in tomorrow's race after a disappointing afternoon. Pastor Maldonado lost his chance to improve in 13th after he stopped with what appeared to be an engine problem late in the session, while Racing Engineering's Lucas di Grassi could manage no better than 14th.

Pos Driver                  Team                   Time          Gap
 1. Nico Hulkenberg         ART                    1m34.404s
 2. Luca Filippi            Super Nova             1m34.515s  +0.111
 3. Romain Grosjean         Barwa Addax            1m34.587s  +0.183
 4. Vitaly Petrov           Barwa Addax            1m34.713s  +0.309
 5. Karun Chandhok          Ocean                  1m34.762s  +0.358
 6. Andreas Zuber           FMS                    1m34.922s  +0.518
 7. Alvaro Parente          Ocean                  1m35.017s  +0.613
 8. Javier Villa            Super Nova             1m35.020s  +0.616
 9. Roldan Rodriguez        Piquet                 1m35.105s  +0.701
10. Davide Valsecchi        Durango                1m35.113s  +0.709
11. Alberto Valerio         Piquet                 1m35.141s  +0.737
12. Giedo van der Garde     iSport                 1m35.151s  +0.747
13. Pastor Maldonado        ART                    1m35.193s  +0.789
14. Lucas di Grassi         Racing Engineering     1m35.226s  +0.822
15. Edoardo Mortara         Arden                  1m35.284s  +0.880
16. Davide Rigon            Trident                1m35.328s  +0.924
17. Kamui Kobayashi         DAMS                   1m35.360s  +0.956
18. Diego Nunes             iSport                 1m35.395s  +0.991
19. Jerome D'Ambrosio       DAMS                   1m35.412s  +1.008
20. Luiz Razia              FMS                    1m35.806s  +1.402
21. Giacomo Ricci           DPR                    1m35.850s  +1.446
22. Daniel Clos             Racing Engineering     1m35.974s  +1.570
23. Nelson Panciatici       Durango                1m36.031s  +1.627
24. Sergio Perez            Arden                  1m36.051s  +1.647
25. Michael Herck           DPR                    1m36.111s  +1.707
26. Ricardo Teixeira        Trident                1m37.278s  +2.874
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