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06/26/10
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Esteban Gutiérrez takes GP3 pole  
Esteban Gutiérrez
ART Grand Prix’s Esteban Gutiérrez claimed the top spot in qualifying at the Valencia Street Circuit today taking his first pole position in GP3 and ending Nigel Melker’s run at the top.

ART Grand Prix’s Esteban Gutiérrez claimed the top spot in qualifying at the Valencia Street Circuit today taking his first pole position in GP3 and ending Nigel Melker’s run at the top.

The Mexican driver followed up on his stellar performance of yesterday with a lap time of 1:58. 653, just 5 hundredths of a second ahead of second place man Atech CRS GP’s Roberto Merhi – the Spanish driver giving the British team its best qualifying result of the season so far in what is his first GP3 Series qualifying.

Pole man Gutiérrez didn’t have it all his own way. Just three minutes from the end of qualifying the Mexican hit the wall at turn 5 causing a red flag, prematurely ending the session, but the ART driver had already done enough to take the top spot and his rivals were unable to respond.

Once again MW Arden’s Michael Christensen and Gutierrez were the early pace setters in the thirty minute session. The pair were soon joined at the top of the time sheets by Status GP’s Robert Wickens who was back on form after a disappointing practice session yesterday. The Canadian had a close brush with the wall after a last ditch attempt to claim the top stop, but unlike Gutiérrez the Status man drove away relatively unscathed.

MW Arden’s Michael Christensen showed yet again that he has the pace to compete with the front runners. The Dane posted the fourth quickest time ahead of Tech 1 Racing’s Jean-Eric Vergne in fifth and Addax Team’s Felipe Guimaraes in sixth. Previous pole sitter Nigel Melker looked liked continuing his run at the top early on, but was unable to respond as the field took to the track on new rubber and ended up seventh. Rounding out the top ten was previous race winner Rio Haryanto for Manor Racing, Miki Monras for MW Arden and Stefano Coletti for Tech 1 Racing.     

Race 1 action starts later today at 17:20 local time.

Full qualifying results:

POS

CAR DRIVER TEAM TIME LAPS GAP
1 2 E. GUTIERREZ ART Grand Prix 1:58.653 11 0.000
2 29 R. MERHI Atech CRS GP 1:58.709 11 0.056
3 4 R. WICKENS Status Grand Prix 1:58.916 10 0.263
4 20 M. CHRISTENSEN MW Arden 1:58.986 11 0.333
5 28 J. VERGNE Tech 1 Racing 1:59.041 11 0.388
6 17 F. GUIMARAES Addax Team 1:59.076 11 0.423
7 10 N. MELKER RSC Muecke Motorsport 1:59.107 11 0.454
8 8 R. HARYANTO Manor Racing 1:59.370 10 0.717
9 21 M. MONRAS MW Arden 1:59.385 10 0.732
10 27 S. COLETTI Tech 1 Racing 1:59.457 10 0.804
11 1 A. ROSSI ART Grand Prix 1:59.558 10 0.905
12 26 D. SECHELARIU Tech 1 Racing 1:59.589 11 0.936
13 12 T. HEGEWALD RSC Muecke Motorsport 1:59.669 11 1.02
14 30 O. OAKES Atech CRS GP 1:59.817 11 1.16
15 23 P. VARHAUG Jenzer Motorsport 1:59.855 11 1.2
16 18 P. SANCHEZ LOPEZ Addax Team 1:59.868 10 1.22
17 14 J. NEWGARDEN Carlin 1:59.946 10 1.29
18 25 N. MULLER Jenzer Motorsport 1:59.954 12 1.301
19 22 L. CORDEIRO MW Arden 2:00.049 11 1.4
20 24 S. TRUMMER Jenzer Motorsport 2:00.059 12 1.41
21 19 M. BORTOLOTTI Addax Team 2:00.070 11 1.42
22 15 D. SMITH Carlin 2:00.119 11 1.47
23 11 R. VAN DER ZANDE RSC Muecke Motorsport 2:00.151 12 1.5
24 3 P. NUNES ART Grand Prix 2:00.258 10 1.61
25 6 D. MORAD Status Grand Prix 2:00.413 9 1.76
26 7 J. JAKES Manor Racing 2:00.542 7 1.89
27 9 A. QUAIFE-HOBBS Manor Racing 2:00.616 10 1.96
28 5 I. LUKASHEVICH Status Grand Prix 2:00.729 12 2.08
29 31 V. GHIRELLI Atech CRS GP 2:00.865 11 2.21
30 16 L. FORESTI Carlin 2:00.880 11 2.23

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