Asia: Abu Dhabi: Series qualifying report

Davide Valsecchi claims maiden pole iSport racer leads the way in GP2 Asia Series season opener The Italian driver Davide Valsecchi was not to be denied his first GP2 pole position today at Yas Marina Circuit in the first qualifying ...

Davide Valsecchi claims maiden pole

iSport racer leads the way in GP2 Asia Series season opener

The Italian driver Davide Valsecchi was not to be denied his first GP2 pole position today at Yas Marina Circuit in the first qualifying session of the third GP2 Asia Series season. Dominant this morning during Free Practice, the iSport ace kept control of the pace again and claimed pole position with a best laptime of a 1:51.964 clocked in after only four laps.

The track temperature rose to 44o.C as the pitlane opened and rapidly rookie Alexander Rossi at Ocean Racing set the pace but was soon denied the top stop by the man of the hour, Valsecchi who, on his first flying lap took the lead of the field. Roldan Rodriguez at Scuderia Coloni, Diego Nunes at Meritus and the impressive Fabio Leimer at Ocean Racing successively though briefly bettered the Italian's time, but Valsecchi would not let them shine today and reclaimed what seemed to be only his today: the top stop.

One man could have stopped Valsecchi's run for glory: countryman Meritus' Luca Filippi - who set the quickest laptime last week during the pre-season tests - moved up to third place at mid- session, but right after he crossed the start/finish line his car suddenly slowed down to a stop at Turn 19 following a gearbox selection problem.

Behind Valsecchi, Sam Bird at ART continued to display a strong GP2 debut performance ahead of Leimer while Filippi although he missed half of the session managed to qualify in fourth. He is followed by Rodriguez, Rodolfo Rodriguez at Arden, James Jakes at Super Nova, Johnny Cecotto at Trident and Josef Kral on the second Super Nova car. On his ultimate attempt and under the chequered flag, Giacomo Ricci at DPR slipped into tenth place.

Tomorrow's Feature race will start at 11am local time.

-credit: gp2

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Johnny Cecotto , James Jakes , Sam Bird , Luca Filippi , Davide Valsecchi , Giacomo Ricci , Alexander Rossi
Teams Trident