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05/21/11
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Evans grabs first ever GP3 pole for MW Arden  
Mitch Evans
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Mitch Evans put in a storming lap to snatch pole position in a closely fought battle during qualifying at Circuit de Catalunya.

Andrea Caldarelli looked to have pole wrapped up for Tech 1 Racing early on in the session. The Italian went top of the time sheets, and the rest of the thirty strong field struggled to match his pace. Early on Lotus ART’s James Calado, Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Muller and Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims all challenged at the front but Caldarelli was sitting pretty.

During the second half of the session the battled really heated up. Yesterday’s quickest man, Valtteri Bottas briefly took the top spot, before Atech CRS GP’s Marlon Stockinger edged him out. But Caldarelli was quick to respond moving ahead of the Filipino driver. Caldarelli pounded in quick laps, and had the session under control, until fellow rookie Evans found his groove. With just minutes left on the clock the 16-year-old put together the perfect lap to move ahead, and despite pushing hard Caldarelli could not find the extra time he needed - Evans snatched the first ever pole position for MW Arden by just 0.001 seconds.

Stockinger held onto third position to give Atech CRS GP its best qualifying result to date, and Aaro Vainio ended the session with his best ever performance in fourth for Tech 1 Racing. James Calado was the top Lotus ART driver in fifth, and race winner Nigel Melker was in sixth. Müller had one final push but was unable to better his time and remained in seventh ahead of Pal Kiss, Dean Smith and Bottas in tenth.

Once again the competition down the grid was extremely competitive and just one second covered the top twenty-four drivers. The scene is set once again for another exciting race this afternoon.           

Qualifying times:

POS NO DRIVER ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP
1 26 M. EVANS MW Arden 1:38.498 12 0.000
2 18 A. CALDARELLI Tech 1 Racing 1:38.499 12 0.001
3 20 M. STOCKINGER Atech CRS GP 1:38.739 13 0.241
4 17 A. VAINIO Tech 1 Racing 1:38.778 13 0.280
5 3 J. CALADO Lotus ART 1:38.825 13 0.327
6 31 N. MELKER RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:38.826 11 0.328
7 7 N. MULLER Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.914 13 0.416
8 19 T. PAL KISS Tech 1 Racing 1:38.991 13 0.493
9 25 D. SMITH Addax Team 1:39.052 12 0.554
10 2 V. BOTTAS Lotus ART 1:39.074 12 0.576
11 21 N. YELLOLY Atech CRS GP 1:39.091 13 0.593
12 10 A. QUAIFE-HOBBS Marussia Manor Racing 1:39.106 15 0.608
13 9 V. GHIRELLI Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.132 13 0.634
14 8 M. ZIMIN Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.132 13 0.634
15 23 D. STOREY Addax Team 1:39.165 15 0.667
16 4 A. SIMS Status Grand Prix 1:39.183 13 0.685
17 5 A. FELIX DA COSTA Status Grand Prix 1:39.225 14 0.727
18 1 P. NUNES Lotus ART 01:39.2 13 0.731
19 24 G. CHAVES Addax Team 1:39.231 13 0.733
20 28 L. WILLIAMSON MW Arden 1:39.251 11 0.753
21 12 M. LAINE Marussia Manor Racing 1:39.273 14 0.775
22 6 I. LUKASHEVICH Status Grand Prix 1:39.277 13 0.779
23 11 R. HARYANTO Marussia Manor Racing 1:39.334 14 0.836
24 22 Z. AMBERG Atech CRS GP 1:39.382 12 0.884
25 14 C. DALY Carlin 1:39.516 15 1.018
26 15 D. MORAD Carlin 1:39.601 13 1.103
27 16 L. CORDEIRO Carlin 1:39.610 14 1.112
28 27 S. TRUMMER MW Arden 1:39.713 12 1.215
29 29 L. BACHETA RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:40.301 8 1.803
30 30 M. CHRISTENSEN RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:49.478 3 10.980
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