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Kvyat flies to maiden GP3 pole in Monza
MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat set a lap time of 1:36.933 to achieve his debut pole in the category and finish over half a second quicker over his nearest rival, teammate Robert Visoiu. The Romanian driver will join Kvyat on the front row in his best qualifying of the season with title contender Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) heading the second row in P3. Kvyat’s flier was over seven seconds faster than the 2012 pole time set with the previous generation car.

The 30 minute session was filled with anticipation with four vital points up for grabs in the chase for the elusive GP3 crown. Another hot day greeted the 27 drivers as they lined up, eager to be in contention for pole position. Carlos Sainz and Lewis Williamson led the way with the Spaniard first to lap in the 1m37’s early on.

Kvyat demoted his teammate to take provisional pole, again showing good pace after topping yesterday’s Free Practice session. At the midway point, most drivers returned to the pits for new rubber and make set-up changes. The Russian driver was busy lighting up the timing screen as he lapped in the 1m36’s to set the target to his competitors by a large margin of half a second.

Ellinas was one of the big movers in the final minutes, shooting up to P3 behind Kvyat and Visoiu. Carlin’s Nick Yelloly in P5 was also trying to improve but ran wide over the curbs which sent his car into a spin and a premature halt to his session. His teammate Alexander Sims also had an excursion into the gravel, whilst home favorite David Fumanelli (Trident) stopped at Turn 2 which was covered by yellow flags.

At the checkered flag, Kvyat enjoyed his maiden pole with his teammate Visoiu in tow. Ellinas can concentrate on reclaiming his lead in the GP3 title proceedings with a strong qualifying in third ahead of Sims, Yelloly, Sainz, Conor Daly, Series leader Facu Regalia, Kevin Korjus and Williamson.

Action is guaranteed in Race 1, which starts at 17.20 CET later today as the quest for the GP3 title rises another notch…


Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1:36.933 14
2. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1:37.444 15
3. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:37.526 14
4. Alexander Sims Carlin 1:37.580 13
5. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1:37.602 12
6. Carlos Sainz MW Arden 1:37.619 15
7. Conor Daly ART Grand Prix 1:37.708 11
8. Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix 1:37.715 11
9. Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP 1:37.723 13
10. Lewis Williamson Bamboo Engineering 1:37.942 12
11. Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing 1:37.991 14
12. Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix 1:38.111 11
13. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.113 13
14. Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix 1:38.141 14
15. Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP 1:38.388 13
16. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1:38.419 15
17. Melville McKee Bamboo Engineering 1:38.450 12
18. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:38.495 14
19. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.522 12
20. David Fumanelli Trident 1:38.566 12
21. Aaro Vainio* Koiranen GP 1:38.606 13
22. Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix 1:38.615 14
23. Josh Webster Status Grand Prix 1:38.660 13
24. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1:38.934 14
25. Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing 1:39.312 13
26. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.474 13
27. Carmen Jorda** Bamboo Engineering 1:40.218 14

*Vainio has a 5 place grid penalty following an incident in Spa Race 2.
**Jorda has a 10 place grid penalty following Free Practice in Monza
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