Stanaway storms to first pole in Budapest

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Status Grand Prix’s Richie Stanaway holds off Alex Lynn for pole in Hungary

Kiwi Richie Stanaway claimed his maiden pole position in GP3 today, narrowly edging out Series leader from Carlin, Alex Lynn by a mere 0.035s. Nick Yelloly also from Status Grand Prix was in third making it an excellent start to proceedings for the green and black outfit.
 
Hot temperatures set the scene for the thirty minute qualifying session at the Hungaroring for Round 5 of the 2014 GP3 Series. ART Grand Prix’s Dino Zamparelli was the first driver to lap in the 1m33’s to go P1 by almost half a second with his teammate Alex Fontana his nearest rival.
 
There were small spins for Sebastian Balthasar, Mathéo Tuscher and Riccardo Agostini with all drivers avoiding contact with barriers, thus able to continue. Red Bull Junior team driver Lynn had set the fastest sector one but at the midway point of the session the Brit was in an unusual position of a lowly P24. His nearest rival in the Series Jimmy Eriksson was only place higher in qualifying at the midway point but got his head down and the Swede shot up to P3.
 
The Status Grand Prix duo of Yelloly and Stanaway went P2 and P3, with the Brit two tenths off Zamparelli’s best effort. Marussia Manor Racing’s Patrick Kujala rose to P2 whilst Zamparelli further improved on his quickest lap to increase his advantage at the head of the timesheet.
 
It was all change at the top over the next few minutes with Arden International’s Robert Visoiu posting the best lap, until Lynn jumped from P24 to provisional pole, a tenth faster than the Romanian. There was more excitement to come though with Stanaway setting the fastest time of the session in a 1:33.553.
 
With 2 minutes and 55 seconds left on the clock the session was red flagged when Alfonso Celis. Jr stopped after contact at with the barrier at Turn 5 and his car was in a dangerous position. Roman De Beer had also spun in a separate incident. Fontana had been on a flier on that lap and had to back off for the red flag with many others driver facing the same predicament on their push laps.
 
The drivers formed a large queue in the pitlane as they were eager to get back onto the circuit for one final attempt in the fight for pole. Yelloly lit the middle sector purple to move up to P3 but the session would belong to Stanaway at the chequered flag.  Behind Stanaway, Lynn and Yelloly were Visoiu, Zamparelli, Emil Bernstorff, Patric Niederhauser, Fontana, Kujala and Marvin Kirchhöfer.
 
Race 1 takes place later today at 16:20 local time as the quest for supremacy continues.

Qualifying - Budapest

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 01:33.6 15
2 Alex Lynn Carlin 01:33.6 13
3 Nick Yelloly Status Grand Prix 01:33.7 13
4 Robert Visoiu Arden International 01:33.7 13
5 Dino Zamparelli ART Grand Prix 01:33.8 13
6 Emil Bernstorff Carlin 01:33.8 14
7 Patric Niederhauser Arden International 01:33.9 13
8 Alex Fontana ART Grand Prix 01:33.9 13
9 Patrick Kujala Marussia 01:34.0 13
10 Marvin Kirchhöfer* ART Grand Prix 01:34.1 13
11 Luis Sa Silva** Carlin 01:34.1 13
12 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 01:34.1 14
13 Jann Mardenborough Arden International 01:34.2 13
14 Mitchell Gilbert Trident 01:34.3 12
15 Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP 01:34.3 14
16 Dean Stoneman Marussia 01:34.3 12
17 Roman De Beer Trident 01:34.3 13
18 Riccardo Agostini Hilmer Motorsport 01:34.3 13
19 Mathéo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 01:34.4 13
20 Nelson Mason Hilmer Motorsport 01:34.5 13
21 Pal Varhaug* Jenzer Motorsport 01:34.5 13
22 Sebastian Balthasar Hilmer Motorsport 01:34.6 13
23 Alfonso Celis. Jr Status Grand Prix 01:34.8 10
24 Christopher Höher Jenzer Motorsport 01:35.8 12
25 Ryan Cullen Marussia 01:35.9 13
26 Carmen Jorda Koiranen GP 01:38.6 14

 

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Series GP3
Event Hungaroring
Sub-event Saturday qualifying
Track Hungaroring
Drivers Dino Zamparelli, Nick Yelloly, Richie Stanaway, Robert Visoiu, Alex Lynn
Article type Qualifying report
Tags arden international, art grand prix, carlin, status grand prix

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