Hungaroring GP3: Ghiotto scores last-gasp pole

Championship leader Luca Ghiotto recorded his fourth career GP3 Series pole position in qualifying at the Hungaroring on Saturday morning.

In a pulsating session, the Italian Trident driver set the fastest time on his very last lap to beat Emil Bernstorff to pole by 0.036s.

Ghiotto swapped the top spot early on with Esteban Ocon, before Bernstorff set a new benchmark at 1m34.504s.

As the track evolved, pole changed hands again as Ghiotto recorded 1m34.296s, which was beaten by Marvin Kirchhofer’s 1m34.231s.

Bernstorff took it back with 1m34.066s, which looked good enough for pole right until the chequered flag when Ghiotto stole it with 1m34.030s.

Bernstorff will start alongside him on the front row, with Ocon third ahead of Kirchhofer, Jimmy Eriksson and Matt Parry.

Alex Palou, Ferrari junior Antonio Fuoco, Kevin Ceccon and Pal Varhaug complete a tightly bunched top 10.

Qualifying times:

Pos
Driver
Team
Time
1.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:34.030
2.
Emil Bernstorff
Arden International
1:34.066
3.
Esteban Ocon
ART Grand Prix
1:34.214
4.
Marvin Kirchhofer
ART Grand Prix
1:34.231
5.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
1:34.359
6.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:34.522
7.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:34.526
8.
Antonio Fuoco
Carlin
1:34.571
9.
Kevin Ceccon
Arden International
1:34.744
10.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
1:34.745
11.
Mitchell Gilbert
Carlin
1:34.751
12.
Matheo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:34.766
13.
Seb Morris
Status Grand Prix
1:34.873
14.
Ralph Boschung
Jenzer Motorsport
1:35.001
15.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:35.008
16.
Alex Fontana
Status Grand Prix
1:35.071
17.
Sandy Stuvik
Status Grand Prix
1:35.091
18.
Jann Mardenborough
Carlin
1:35.108
19.
Adderly Fong
Koiranen GP
1:35.255
20.
Zaid Ashkanani
Campos Racing
1:36.140
21.
Aleksander Bosak
Arden International
1:36.235
22.
Samin Gomez
Campos Racing
1:37.164
23.
Alfonso Celis Jr
ART Grand Prix
1:40.612

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Series GP3
Event Hungaroring
Track Hungaroring
Drivers Luca Ghiotto
Teams Trident
Article type Qualifying report