Max Chilton snatches maiden GP2 pole in Hungary

Max Chilton will start the 17th round of the GP2 Series at the Hungaroring from his first-ever pole position in the category

Max Chilton snatches maiden GP2 pole in Hungary

Chilton's Carlin entry was the very last car to cross the finish line at the end of the 30-minute session, and he was the only man to dip below the 1m29s barrier with a stunning 1m28.980s effort. Before that, he had been languishing outside the top 20 for much of the session.

James Calado (Lotus) was second fastest, just 0.023 seconds slower than Chilton's time, but will start fourth due to his two-place penalty for impeding Felipe Nasr during free practice. Calado set his best time much earlier in the session, just past the halfway mark.

Davide Valsecchi will start second for DAMS, missing out on the four points for pole by just 0.054s. Jolyon Palmer set a stunning middle sector time, but lost out in the closing yards in his iSport machine, his fourth-fastest time becoming third thanks to Calado's penalty.

Title contender Luiz Razia will start fifth for Arden, and will be relieved that Valsecchi did not get pole to erode his 10-point lead in the championship.

Giedo van der Garde was sixth, ahead of Esteban Gutierrez, Fabio Leimer, Marcus Ericsson and early pacesetter Johnny Cecotto Jr.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Max Chilton Carlin 1m28.980s 2. James Calado Lotus 1m29.003s + 0.023s 3. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 1m29.034s + 0.054s 4. Jolyon Palmer iSport 1m29.093s + 0.113s 5. Luiz Razia Arden 1m29.177s + 0.197s 6. Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1m29.202s + 0.222s 7. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus 1m29.248s + 0.268s 8. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1m29.334s + 0.354s 9. Marcus Ericsson iSport 1m29.345s + 0.365s 10. Johnny Cecotto Jr Addax 1m29.367s + 0.387s 11. Josef Kral Addax 1m29.472s + 0.492s 12. Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering 1m29.496s + 0.516s 13. Felipe Nasr DAMS 1m29.574s + 0.594s 14. Fabio Onidi Coloni 1m29.637s + 0.657s 15. Sergio Canamasas Lazarus 1m29.666s + 0.686s 16. Nigel Melker Ocean 1m29.717s + 0.737s 17. Rio Haryanto Carlin 1m29.786s + 0.806s 18. Victor Guerin Ocean 1m29.786s + 0.806s 19. Stefano Coletti Coloni 1m29.906s + 0.926s 20. Stephane Richelmi Trident 1m30.027s + 1.047s 21. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham 1m30.201s + 1.221s 22. Julian Leal Trident 1m30.202s + 1.222s 23. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 1m30.475s + 1.495s 24. Simon Trummer Arden 1m30.655s + 1.675s 25. Daniel de Jong Rapax 1m30.930s + 1.950s 26. Giancarlo Serenelli Lazarus 1m33.093s + 4.113s 
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