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08/28/10
gp3
Juncadella tops eventful qualifying session at Spa
Tech 1 Racing’s Daniel Juncadella has claimed his first GP3 Series pole position today in one of the most unpredictable qualifying sessions of the season.

It was all about the tricky track conditions in this morning’s qualifying session. When the lights went green half of the field went out on wets, and the other half went out on slicks due to the fact that part of the Belgian circuit were wet whilst other parts had dried out.

Rio Haryanto was the first man in action for Manor Racing and it looked like the team had made the right choice with wet weather tires – the Indonesian initially topped the timing sheet heading up an all wet weather tire top ten.  

Amongst the early pace setters were Haryanto’s teammate Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Status GP’s Robert Wickens and MW Arden’s Michael Christensen followed by Jenzer Motorsport’s Simon Trummer. As RSC Mucke Motorsport’s Nigel Melker then went top the session was red-flagged: Dean Smith went off track and into the tire wall at turn 6, the Carlin driver struggling with grip on slick tires.

On the restart Atech CRS Gp’s Roberto Merhi and Oliver Oakes showed strong pace. The field were still split between wet weather tires and slicks, and it was still to be decided which choice was the right one. The middle sector of the long track was still quite damp, and it was Carlin’s Josef Newgarden who was the first driver to break into the top ten on slicks with just under ten minutes remaining. Newgarden’s teammate Antonio Felix da Costa then went even quicker going third.

With six minutes left on the clock Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Muller spun in the gravel at turn 14 effectively making his championship contention all the more difficult.

In the dying minutes the top spots changed constantly as the track continued to dry. Juncadella eventually took the top spot followed by Felix da Costa. Addax Team’s Mirko Bortolotti snatched third spot on the checkered flag. Series leader Esteban Gutierrez went for a last gasp attempt at pole but was hampered by yellow flags and was only able to manage fourth spot pushing Jenzer Motorsport’s Pal Varhuag down into fifth.
 
Rio Haryanto switched to slicks at mid-session and eventually took sixth spot ahead of Stefano Coletti for Tech 1 Racing. Championship contender Wickens also disrupted by yellow flags finished the session in eighth spot. Quaife-Hobbs was ninth and rounding out the top ten was Nigel Melker. 
Race 1 will start at 17:20 local time this afternoon.

Results

POS

NO DRIVER ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP
1 28 D. JUNCADELLA Tech 1 Racing 2:17.433 12 0.000
2 16 A. FELIX DA COSTA Carlin 2:18.399 12 0.966
3 19 M. BORTOLOTTI Addax Team 2:18.456 10 1.023
4 2 E. GUTIERREZ ART Grand Prix 2:18.829 11 1.396
5 23 P. VARHAUG Jenzer Motorsport 2:19.300 12 1.867
6 8 R. HARYANTO Manor Racing 2:19.301 11 1.868
7 27 S. COLETTI Tech 1 Racing 2:19.421 12 1.988
8 4 R. WICKENS Status Grand Prix 2:19.944 11 2.511
9 9 A. QUAIFE-HOBBS Manor Racing 2:20.463 13 3.030
10 10 N. MELKER RSC Muecke Motorsport 2:20.684 12 3.251
11 7 A. TAMBAY Manor Racing 2:20.694 12 3.261
12 6 D. MORAD Status Grand Prix 2:20.873 12 3.440
13 14 J. NEWGARDEN Carlin 2:20.983 12 3.550
14 24 S. TRUMMER Jenzer Motorsport 2:20.983 12 3.550
15 30 O. OAKES Atech CRS GP 2:21.136 8 3.703
16 1 A. ROSSI ART Grand Prix 2:21.243 12 3.810
17 12 T. HEGEWALD RSC Muecke Motorsport 2:21.284 11 3.851
18 20 M. CHRISTENSEN MW Arden 2:21.310 12 3.877
19 11 R. VAN DER ZANDE RSC Muecke Motorsport 2:21.803 12 4.370
20 29 R. MERHI Atech CRS GP 2:21.899 11 4.466
21 31 V. GHIRELLI Atech CRS GP 2:22.006 11 4.573
22 26 D. SECHELARIU Tech 1 Racing 2:22.559 11 5.126
23 3 P. NUNES ART Grand Prix 2:22.650 11 5.217
24 17 F. GUIMARAES Addax Team 2:23.074 11 5.641
25 25 N. MULLER Jenzer Motorsport 2:23.315 7 5.882
26 21 M. MONRAS MW Arden 2:25.241 10 7.808
27 22 L. CORDEIRO MW Arden 2:25.386 8 7.953
28 5 I. LUKASHEVICH Status Grand Prix 2:26.146 9 8.713
29 18 P. SANCHEZ LOPEZ Addax Team 2:27.639 8 10.206
30 15 D. SMITH Carlin 2:40.128 2 22.695

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