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Asia: Qatar: Series qualifying report

Nico Hulkenberg shines in Qatar night qualifications The ART Grand Prix debutant scores his second pole position in a row in Doha ahead of both Barwa International Campos Team cars The young German strengthens his GP2 rising star status after...

Nico Hulkenberg shines in Qatar night qualifications

The ART Grand Prix debutant scores his second pole position in a row in Doha ahead of both Barwa International Campos Team cars

The young German strengthens his GP2 rising star status after he signed the fastest laptime at the chequered flag in tonight's eventful qualifying session in a 1:35.741. He was followed by Campos' Sergio Perez and Vitaly Petrov. The youngest man of the field and youngest driver to ever win a GP2 race bettered his Russian teammate's quickest laptime also in the very last seconds of the session.

On a slippery track, Vitaly Petrov - who had been fastest earlier in Free Practice - looked in really good shape, topping the time sheet for almost the entire qualifications. Four minutes before the chequered flag, Nico Hulkenberg signed the quickest first sector, but iSport's Al Fardan span at Turn 12 and finished in the gravel bed. The session was then red flagged.

With only 3 minutes and 34 seconds left on the clock, the field went back on the track. The German ace put his head down and snatched the pole position on his very last lap. A few seconds later, Vitaly Petrov crossed the finish line, but could not better Hulkenberg's time. Sergio Perez stormed soon after that and pushed back his teammate in P3.

Behind the Top 3; Championship leader Kamui Kobayashi recovered in fourth place in his very last lap after a rather difficult session while Piquet's Roldan Rodriguez finished fifth. Sakon Yamamoto, Javier Villa, Davide Valsecchi, Edoardo Mortara and Jerome d'Ambrosio complete the Top 10.

The feature race will start tomorrow at 7pm, local time.

-credit: gp2

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Series GP2
Drivers Vitaly Petrov , Nico Hulkenberg , Sergio Perez
Teams ART Grand Prix