The thirty minute qualifying session got underway with a track temperature of 21 degrees. The 27 drivers fed onto the track, eager to see who could secure the first points on offer with four points for the coveted pole position. Dino Zamparelli (ART Grand Prix) and Jimmy Eriksson were first to exit the pitlane. Following the installation laps, it was Zamparelli who was first to lap in the 1m36’s, until Eriksson and Alex Fontana bettered his time.
Kirchhofer shot into P1, a position he held the majority of the session, the German rookie showing his pace to the rest of the pack but it was the Swede, Eriksson, who was first into the 1m35’s. The ART Grand Prix driver was back on it after lighting the timing screens purple and reclaimed back P1.
Stanaway flew up the order to P2 as the clock ticked down but it was Red Bull Junior team’s Lynn who set the quickest time of the session in a 1:35.614. Kirchhofer did all he could to improve on the Brit’s time but had to be content with second fastest. There was a small spin for Dean Stoneman (Marussia Manor Racing) at the close of the session which was covered by yellow flags, whilst Patric Niederhauser (Arden International) stopped on track.
At the checkered flag, it was Lynn who topped the timings and earned four points for his efforts. Kirchhofer, Stanaway, Eriksson, Patrick Kujala, Zamparelli, Emil Bernstorff, Fontana, Pal Varhaug and Matheo Tuscher completed the top ten.
The opening race of the season will commence later today at 17.20 local time – find out who will become the first winner of the 2014 GP3 Series season!
|2.||Marvin Kirchhofer||ART Grand Prix||1:35.726||13|
|3.||Richie Stanaway||Status Grand Prix||1:35.784||13|
|4.||Jimmy Eriksson||Status Grand Prix||1:35.904||12|
|5.||Patrick Kujala||Marussia Manor Racing||1:35.970||11|
|6.||Dino Zamparelli||ART Grand Prix||1:36.015||11|
|8.||Alex Fontana||ART Grand Prix||1:36.151||12|
|9.||Pal Varhaug||Jenzer Motorsport||1:36.165||13|
|10.||Matheo Tushcer||Jenzer Motorsport||1:36.210||14|
|11.||Nick Yelloly||Status Grand Prix||1:36.230||13|
|12.||Patric Niederhauser||Arden International||1:36.276||13|
|13.||Dean Stoneman||Marussia Manor Racing||1:36.375||11|
|14.||Roman De Beer||Trident||1:36.579||11|
|15.||Robert Visoiu||Arden International||1:36.711||12|
|16.||Ryan Cullen||Marussia Manor Racing||1:36.759||12|
|17.||Adderly Fong||Jenzer Motorsport||1:36.787||13|
|18.||Jann Mardenborough||Arden International||1:36.871||12|
|20.||Nelson Mason*||Hilmer Motorsport||1:37.084||12|
|21.||Luis Sa Silva||Carlin||1:37.163||11|
|22.||Santiago Urrutia||Koiranen GP||1:37.166||11|
|23.||Alfonso Celis. Jr||Status Grand Prix||1:37.300||12|
|24.||Beitske Visser||Hilmer Motorsport||1:37.406||13|
|25.||Ivan Taranov||Hilmer Motorsport||1:38.071||5|
|27.||Carmen Jorda||Koiranen GP||1:38.694||12|
*3 place grid penalty for technical infringement in Free Practice