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DATE News (chronologically)
05/08/10
gp3
Nigel Melker takes first ever GP3 Series pole
The early morning start meant a low track temperature of just 14 degrees on a drying track for the first ever GP3 qualifying session in Barcelona, making the conditions tricky for the 30 young drivers.  It was an extremely closely fought battle to take the first ever GP3 Series pole position, with positions constantly changing during the final few minutes. Almost half of the field were potential pole sitters and it was impossible to predict who would find the extra few hundredths needed to claim the coveted top stop.

RSC Mucke Motorsport continued their strong weekend and Nigel Melker crossed the line seconds later posting a time of 1:52.602 and holding on to the top spot despite last ditch attempts from the remainder of the field. Pal Varhaug then put in an extremely impressive performance for Jenzer Motorsport, the young Norwegian improving lap after lap in the dying moments, his last lap time of 1:52.931 enough to knock Wickens down into third. Daniel Morad finished the thrilling session in fourth with a time of 1:53.311, followed by James Jakes for Manor in fifth spot with a time of 1:53.440. Dean Smith flied up the time sheet on new rubber, ending in sixth spot for Carlin, and in a surprise seventh spot for ART was one of the pole favorites Estenban Gutierrez.

Results

Pos

Driver Team Time Behind
1. Nigel Melker RSC Mucke 1m52.602s +0.000s
2. Pal Varhaug Jenzer 1m52.931s +0.329s
3. Robert Wickens Status 1m52.974s +0.372s
4. Daniel Morad Status 1m53.311s +0.709s
5. James Jakes Manor 1m53.440s +0.838s
6. Dean Smith Carlin 1m53.600s +0.998s
7. Esteban Gutierrez ART 1m53.603s +1.001s
8. Jean-Eric Vergne Tech 1 1m53.765s +1.163s
9. Renger van der Zande RSC Mucke 1m53.914s +1.312s
10. Simon Trummer Jenzer 1m53.983s +1.381s
11. Felipe Guimaraes Addax 1m54.159s +1.557s
12. Josef Newgarden Carlin 1m54.329s +1.727s
13. Rio Haryanto Manor 1m54.331s +1.729s
14. Lucas Foresti Carlin 1m54.477s +1.875s
15. Daniel Juncadella Tech 1 1m54.495s +1.893s
16. Michael Christensen MW Arden 1m54.658s +2.056s
17. Miki Monras MW Arden 1m54.666s +2.064s
18. Pedro Nunes ART 1m54.686s +2.084s
19. Pablo Sanchez Lopez Addax 1m54.691s +2.089s
20. Nigel Muller Jenzer 1m54.726s +2.124s
21. Leonardo Cordeiro MW Arden 1m54.758s +2.156s
22. Oliver Oakes Atech CRS 1m54.817s +2.215s
23. Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 1m55.069s +2.467s
24. Patrick Reiterer Atech CRS 1m55.394s +2.792s
25. Tobias Hegewald RSC Mucke 1m55.643s +3.041s
26. Ivan Lukashevich Status 1m55.927s +3.325s
27. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor 1m57.082s +4.480s
28. Alexander Rossi ART 2m00.622s +8.020s
29. Vittorio Ghirelli Atech CRS 2m01.311s +8.709s
30. Mirko Bortolotti Addax - -

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