Kirchhöfer blazes to maiden pole in Hockenheim

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ART Grand Prix’s Marvin Kirchhöfer fastest in qualifying on home soil

 German rookie Marvin Kirchhöfer enjoyed his first pole position in GP3 and couldn’t have picked a better place to do it than at home in Germany at the Hockenheimring. The impressive ART Grand Prix star edged out Series leader Alex Lynn. Nick Yelloly (Status Grand Prix) completed the top three.
 
Hot temperatures again greeted Hockenheim for the 27 drivers in the thirty minute qualifying session. Jimmy Eriksson (Koiranen GP) was first to set the pace followed by Patrick Kujala (Marussia Manor Racing) and debutant Mitchell Gilbert (Trident).
 
Kirchhöfer broke into the 1m29’s, lapping almost half a second quicker than his nearest rival, whilst his ART Grand Prix teammate Dino Zamparelli lit the timing screen purple in the first two sectors but had to back off in the final sector due to a yellow flag from a small spin from Alfonso Celis. Jr.
 
Carlin’s Lynn flew to the head of the timings, with Zamparelli demoting Kirchhöfer to third. The Red Bull Junior driver then bettered his own personal best to increase his advantage over the pack and looked set to score a third pole position of the season.
 
But Kirchhöfer had his own plan and was not to be out done in front of his army of passionate fans: clocking the quickest laptime of the session with a 1:28.647 which was a mere 0.059s faster than Lynn. Yelloly also improved to third as the chequered flag was waved to record his best qualifying position of the 2014 season.
 
Kirchhöfer and Lynn locked out the front row, with Yelloly and Emil Bernstorff starting from the second row. Eriksson qualified in P5, in front of Gilbert – the Australian rookie in only his second race weekend producing a fine effort in sixth for Trident. Zamparelli, Richie Stanaway, Mathéo Tuscher and Dean Stoneman rounded out of the top ten.
 
Race 1 takes place later today at 16:20 and with record temperatures expected, a thrilling race lies in store as the fight continues to heat up in the Series.

Qualifying - Hockenheim

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

 1.

Marvin Kirchhöfer

ART Grand Prix

1:28.647

14

 2.

Alex Lynn

Carlin

1:28.706

13

 3.

Nick Yelloly

Status Grand Prix

1:28.749

12

 4.

Emil Bernstorff

Carlin

1:28.910

15

 5.

Jimmy Eriksson*

Koiranen GP

1:28.949

14

 6.

Mitchell Gilbert

Trident

1:28.995

13

 7.

Dino Zamparelli

ART Grand Prix

1:29.133

13

 8.

Richie Stanaway

Status Grand Prix

1:29.205

13

 9.

Mathéo Tuscher

Jenzer Motorsport

1:29.212

13

 10.

Dean Stoneman

Marussia Manor Racing

1:29.247

13

 11.

Alex Fontana*

ART Grand Prix

1:29.329

14

 12.

Roman De Beer

Trident

1:29.338

15

 13.

Robert Visoiu

Arden International

1:29.400

14

 14.

Jann Mardenborough

Arden International

1:29.405

13

 15.

Riccardo Agostini

Hilmer Motorsport

1:29.516

13

 16.

Alfonso Celis. Jr

Status Grand Prix

1:29.531

11

 17.

Patric Niederhauser

Arden International

1:29.672

13

 18.

Sebastian Balthasar

Hilmer Motorsport

1:29.849

17

 19.

Pal Varhaug*

Jenzer Motorsport

1:29.870

15

 20.

Luis Sa Silva

Carlin

1:29.951

12

 21.

Nelson Mason

Hilmer Motorsport

1:30.082

16

22.

Ryan Cullen

Marussia Manor Racing

1:30.180

15

 23.

Patrick Kujala

Marussia Manor Racing

1:30.272

8

 24

Adderly Fong

Jenzer Motorsport

1:30.646

13

 25.

Santiago Urrutia

Koiranen GP

1:30.977

14

 26.

Victor Carbone

Trident

1:31.219

17

 27.

Carmen Jorda

Koiranen GP

1:32.951

16

*Issued with a 5 place grid penalty following an incident in Silverstone Race 2

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Series GP3
Event Hockenheim
Sub-event Saturday pre-race
Track Hockenheim
Drivers Jimmy Eriksson, Emil Bernstorff, Nick Yelloly, Alex Lynn, Marvin Kirchhofer
Article type Qualifying report
Tags art grand prix, carlin, status grand prix, trident

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