Daly dashes to maiden pole in Valencia

American Conor Daly was all smiles after securing his debut pole position in GP3 for Round 2 of the season in Valencia with a lap time of 1:22.329. The ART Grand Prix ace will be joined on the front row by MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat and Carlin’s Nick Yelloly.

The qualifying session commenced under clear blue skies as the temperatures soared over the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. As the majority of the drivers took to the track, there was an early stoppage to the session when Marussia Manor Racing’s Ryan Cullen had a spin into the gravel session which caused a brief red flag. At this point, Kvyat, Giovanni Venturini (Trident) and Robert Visoiu (MW Arden) led the way with various drivers yet to record a time.

Once the session resumed, Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus shot to P2 until Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) demoted the Estonian a position. The Cypriot was charging hard and had a short excursion through the gravel.

At the midway point of the 30 minute session, most drivers returned to the pitlane for a new set of rubber in the quest for pole position. ART Grand Prix’s Facu Regalia rose to the top of standings and looked on course to keep P1 until Yelloly snatched provisional pole away with just two and half minutes left on the clock.

However, Daly and Kvyat had other ideas, and grabbed P1 and P2 as a second flag occurred when Status Grand Prix’s Adderly Fong stopped on the track. This left 1m55s remaining and once qualifying went “live" there was a mad rush out of the pitlane to complete a lap before the checkered flag was waved. Yelloly in P3 remained in the pits, as did Daly. Sainz improved on his previous best efforts to rise up the order to make it into the top ten on home soil.

The session ended with Daly achieving his maiden pole position, in front of Kvyat, Yelloly, Regalia, and the Koiranen GP duo of Aaro Vainio and Kevin Korjus. Ellinas was P7, with his Marussia Manor Racing teammate Dino Zamparelli one place back. Sainz and Visoiu rounded out the top ten. The top 19 drivers were covered by just one second.

Both Race 1 and 2 will take place tomorrow 16th June at 11.00 and 15.00 CET respectively.


Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Conor Daly ART Grand Prix 1:22.329 15
2. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1:22.536 16
3. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1:22.597 13
4. Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix 1:22.603 15
5. Aaro Vainio Koiranen GP 1:22.616 16
6. Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP 1:22.621 17
7. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:22.761 12
8. Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing 1:22.861 13
9. Carlos Sainz MW Arden 1:22.891 16
10. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1:22.893 17
11. Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix 1:22.925 15
12. David Fumanelli Trident 1:22.936 15
13. Lewis Williamson Bamboo Engineering 1:22.948 14
14. Melville McKee Bamboo Engineering 1:22.954 15
15. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1:22.993 16
16. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:23.000 16
17. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:23.019 18
18. Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix 1:23.054 12
19. Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP 1:23.294 15
20. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1:23.364 15
21. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1:23.524 15
22. Josh Webster Status Grand Prix 1:23.559 17
23. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:23.878 15
24. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:24.322 18
25. Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix 1:25.044 13
26. Carmen Jorda Bamboo Engineering 1:25.103 16

*Ryan Cullen – Marussia Manor Racing – outside of 110% qualifying time & issued with a 5 place grid penalty following incident in Barcelona Round 1.

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