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Bird Flies to Budapest Pole
Sam Bird has claimed his first GP2 pole in a frantic qualifying session this afternoon at the Hungaroring, taking the top spot with just moments remaining ahead of iSport teammates Davide Valsecchi and Oliver Turvey, with the top three drivers split by just one tenth.

Bird's best lap time of 1:27.864 came right at the end of the session to push his countryman off pole, with Turvey's teammate twisting the knife by also squeezing past as the checkered flag dropped on one of this year's most dramatic sessions.

The entire grid came out on track immediately to make best use of the warm conditions, with Charles Pic and Christian Vietoris setting the initial pace before Valsecchi laid down a marker on his second flying lap: with so many of his rivals close on pace the usual Hungaroring traffic meant that everyone was tripping over everyone else as they pushed for pole.



Driver Team Time Behind
1. Sam Bird ART 1m27.864s +0.000s
2. Davide Valsecchi iSport 1m27.907s +0.043s
3. Oliver Turvey iSport 1m27.976s +0.112s
4. Pastor Maldonado Rapax 1m28.134s +0.270s
5. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1m28.225s +0.361s
6. Alberto Valerio Coloni 1m28.245s +0.381s
7. Sergio Perez Barwa Addax 1m28.273s +0.409s
8. Giacomo Ricci DPR 1m28.277s +0.413s
9. Michael Herck DPR 1m28.337s +0.473s
10. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax 1m28.357s +0.493s
11. Jules Bianchi ART 1m28.375s +0.511s
12. Jerome d'Ambrosio DAMS 1m28.378s +0.514s
13. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1m28.483s +0.619s
14. Charles Pic Arden 1m28.536s +0.672s
15. Marcus Ericsson Super Nova 1m28.613s +0.749s
16. Ho-Pin Tung DAMS 1m28.622s +0.758s
17. Luiz Razia Rapax 1m28.710s +0.846s
18. Fabio Leimer Ocean 1m28.718s +0.854s
19. Adrian Zaugg Trident 1m28.727s +0.863s
20. Luca Filippi Super Nova 1m28.924s +1.060s
21. Johnny Cecotto Trident 1m28.968s +1.104s
22. Vlado Arabadjiev Coloni 1m29.141s +1.277s
23. Max Chilton Ocean 1m29.219s +1.355s
24. Rodolfo Gonzalez Arden 1m30.129s +2.265s
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