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07/09/11
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Quaife-Hobbs clinches maiden GP3 pole  
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs has claimed his first GP3 pole position in Silverstone today after setting the fastest lap in today’s qualifying session.

The Marussia Manor Racing driver’s best lap of 1:51.190 was nearly fourth tenths clear of second place man Lotus ART’s James Calado ensuring an all British front row for Race 1 at Silverstone Circuit this afternoon.

In stark contrast to yesterday’s torrential conditions, this morning the teams were greeted with dry and bright conditions, albeit with a slightly damp track, and all thirty drivers headed out on track with Pirelli P Zero slick tires. Carlin’s Tom Dillmann was the first car to complete a flying lap and go top until the rest of the field got up to speed.

Mid-session was dominated by the MW Arden duo of Lewis Williamson and Series leader Mitch Evans, along with eventual poleman Quaife-Hobbs. The trio constantly swapped fastest lap times, until Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Müller found some extra time around the 5.891 km track to go top of the timesheet with a 1:52.285 lap.

But with five minutes left on the clock Williamson was back on top and looked string for his second pole of the season. It was then a frantic final minute which saw Williamson, Calado and finally Quaife-Hobbs heading the grid and taking his, and Marussia Manor Racing’s first ever GP3 pole. Valencia race 2 winner Calado sealed a British 1-2, with Evans taking third ahead of Alexander Sims in fourth for Status Grand Prix. 

Next up for GP3 Series is Race 1 this afternoon at 16:20 local time.

Qualifying times:

POS NO DRIVER TEAM TIME LAPS GAP
1 10 A. QUAIFE-HOBBS Marussia Manor Racing 1:51.190 13 0.000s
2 3 J. CALADO Lotus ART 1:51.576 13 0.386
3 28 L. WILLIAMSON MW Arden 1:51.600 13 0.410
4 26 M. EVANS MW Arden 1:51.790 14 0.600
5 4 A. SIMS Status Grand Prix 1:51.847 14 0.657
6 7 N. MULLER Jenzer Motorsport 1:51.889 14 0.699
7 2 V. BOTTAS Lotus ART 1:51.921 12 0.731
8 31 N. MELKER RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:51.927 13 0.737
9 11 R. HARYANTO Marussia Manor Racing 1:51.932 14 0.742
10 23 T. DILLMANN Addax Team 1:51.992 14 0.802
11 5 A. FELIX DA COSTA Status Grand Prix 1:52.252 14 1.062
12 30 M. CHRISTENSEN RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:52.319 13 1.129
13 24 G. CHAVES Addax Team 1:52.371 11 1.181
14 17 A. VAINIO Tech 1 Racing 1:52.439 13 1.249
15 19 T. PAL KISS Tech 1 Racing 1:52.445 13 1.255
16 12 M. LAINE Marussia Manor Racing 1:52.450 14 1.260
17 27 S. TRUMMER MW Arden 1:52.504 13 1.314
18 8 M. ZIMIN Jenzer Motorsport 1:52.633 14 1.488
19 21 N. YELLOLY Atech CRS GP 1:52.678 14 1.488
20 9 V. GHIRELLI Jenzer Motorsport 1:52.741 14 1.551
21 6 I. LUKASHEVICH Status Grand Prix 1:52.782 14 1.592
22 20 M. STOCKINGER Atech CRS GP 1:52.826 13 1.636
23 15 D. MORAD Carlin 1:52.855 12 1.665
24 29 L. BACHETA RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:52.856 13 1.666
25 25 D. SMITH Addax Team 1:52.936 13 1.746
26 1 P. NUNES Lotus ART 1:52.943 13 1.753
27 18 T. HYLKEMA Tech 1 Racing 1:54.018 12 2.828
28 22 Z. AMBERG Atech CRS GP 1:54.049 12 2.859
29 16 L. CORDEIRO Carlin 1:54.789 12 3.599
30 14 C. DALY Carlin 1:54.835 11 3.645

Following yesterday’s second practice session the stewards handed Marussia Manor Racing’s Matias Laine a drop of ten grid spots for race 1 on Saturday for ignoring waved yellow flags.

There are also three penalties outstanding from Valencia two weeks ago. Marussia Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto, RSC Mücke Motorsport’s Nigel Melker and Tech 1 Racing’s Thomas Hylkema were all given penalties after Race 2 at the Valencia Street Circuit.

All three drivers were given a drop of ten grid spots for their next race at Silverstone Circuit for causing a collision.
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