Carlin secure first row of the grid at Nürburgring

Sebastian Vettel has taken pole position at his home World Series event this morning, at the Nürburgring in Germany. Local hero Vettel put in a stunning lap in the closing stages of qualifying to secure the front spot. Mikhail Aleshin was equally impressive setting the fastest time in his qualifying group and will line up alongside his team mate for the first race later today.

Currently top in the team standings, the Carlin team have put in a dominating performance so far in Germany, finishing yesterday’s practice session first and second. Under World Series regulations, the FR3.5 drivers are split into two groups for qualifying, each group taking part in a 20 minute qualifying session. Aleshin was the first Carlin driver on track, duly securing first place in his group. With a front row start secured, Aleshin waited and watched the second qualifying group to see if his efforts would be enough to secure pole.

Vettel looked threatening throughout qualifying, setting the quickest time with 12 minutes to go, only to have his time bettered by Alvaro Parente. In the dying seconds of the session Vettel put in a fantastic lap to reclaim the top spot, becoming the first driver to break into the 1.42s and also denying team mate Aleshin of his second Nürburgring pole.

Pole sitter Vettel commented, “It was the result we were looking for since Friday morning. Pole position is the most important thing as it’s hard to overtake here. There will be some opportunity to pass in the pit stops should we have any problems, but of course it’s so much easier from pole. It’s a great basis to build on and try and win the race. I’m feeling very confident."

Pos Driver Team Time
1. Sebastian Vettel Carlin 1:42.984
2. Michael Aleshin Carlin Motorsport 1:43.511 + 0.527
3. Ben Hanley Prema Powerteam 1:43.063 + 0.079
4. Alvaro Barba International Draco 1:43.547 + 0.563
5. Alvaro Parent Tech 1 Racing 1:43.323 + 0.339
6. Clivio Piccione RC Motorsport 1:43.852 + 0.868
7. Filipe Albuquerque Epsilon Euskadi 1:43.685 + 0.701
8. Marco Bonanomi RC Motorsport 1:43.999 + 1.015
9. Julien Jousse Tech 1 Racing 1:44.094 + 1.110
10. Davide Valsecchi Epsilon Euskadi 1:44.081 + 1.097
11. Guillaume Moreau KTR 1:44.178 + 1.194
12. Fairuz Fauzy Cram Competition 1:44.112 + 1.128
13. Salvador Duran Interwetten.com 1:44.230 + 1.246
14. Giedo van der GardeVictory Engineering 1:44.143 + 1.159
15. Alejandro Nunez Red Devil Team Comtec1:44.267 + 1.283
16. James Walker Fortec Motorsport 1:44.172 + 1.188
17. Charlie Kimball Victory Engineering 1:44.511 + 1.527
18. Milos Pavlovic International Draco 1:44.244 + 1.260
19. Pasquale di SabatinGD Racing 1:44.911 + 1.927
20. Miguel Molina Pons Racing 1:44.386 + 1.402
21. Michael Herck Red Devil Team Comtec1:45.207 + 2.223
22. Yelmer Buurman Fortec Motorsport 1:44.460 + 1.476
23. Daniil Move Interwetten.com 1:45.411 + 2.427
24. Ricardo Risatti GD Racing 1:44.493 + 1.509
25. Pippa Mann Cram Competition 1:45.763 + 2.779
26. Bertrand Baguette KTR 1:44.501 + 1.517
27. Alessandro Ciompi Eurointernational 1:45.959 + 2.975
28. Carlos Iaconelli Pons Racing 1:44.524 + 1.540
29. Xavier Maassen Prema Powerteam 1:46.322 + 3.338
30. Celso Miguez Eurointernational 1:45.220 + 2.236

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