Barcelona GP3: Hughes leads Jorg in all-DAMS front row

DAMS locked out the front row for its debut GP3 race, as Jake Hughes grabbed pole on his first outing in the series ahead of teammate Kevin Jorg.

Barcelona GP3: Hughes leads Jorg in all-DAMS front row
Jake Hughes, DAMS
Jake Hughes, DAMS
Kevin Joerg, DAMS
Charles Leclerc, ART Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc, ART Grand Prix

With conditions much improved compared to Friday’s free practice session, times tumbled throughout the 30-minute session, with most of the best laps coming inside the final five minutes.

At the start of his second run, Jorg deposed halfway leader Jack Aitken from the top spot with a 1m35.216s, but this was soon beaten by the ART machines of Nirei Fukuzumi and Charles Leclerc, who became the first to dip into the 1m34s with a 1m34.939s.

But, just as the ART duo came to the fore, DAMS responded emphatically as Hughes grabbed the top spot with a 1m34.632s, some three tenths faster than Leclerc.

Jorg then made a late improvement in the final two minutes with a time 0.140s slower than teammate and fellow Formula Renault graduate Hughes, making it an all-DAMS front row.

Leclerc and Fukuzumi swept the second row for ART, with Jake Dennis leading the Arden charge in fifth and making it an all-rookie top five.

Oscar Tunjo and Antonio Fuoco went sixth and seventh with a pair of last-gasp improvements, while Alex Albon, Ralph Boschung and Aitken – who was baulked on a hot lap – made up the top 10.

In DAMS’ third entry, Haas development driver Santino Ferrucci struggled to a lowly 18th place, although his problems were less severe than those of Alex Palou, who will start from the back after mechanical problems brought his session to an early end.

Qualifying times:

Pos.DriverTeamTimeGap
 Jake Hughes DAMS 1'34.632  
 Kevin Jorg DAMS 1'34.772 0.140
 Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 1'34.949 0.317
 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1'35.048 0.416
 Jake Dennis Arden International 1'35.117 0.485
 Oscar Tunjo Jenzer Motorsport 1'35.160 0.528
 Antonio Fuoco Trident 1'35.201 0.569
 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1'35.207 0.575
 Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP 1'35.344 0.712
10   Jack Aitken Arden International 1'35.415 0.783
11   Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 1'35.463 0.831
12   Tatiana Calderon Arden International 1'35.469 0.837
13   Richard Gonda Jenzer Motorsport 1'35.594 0.962
14   Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 1'35.598 0.966
15   Giuliano Alesi Trident 1'35.656 1.024
16   Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 1'35.693 1.061
17   Matt Parry Koiranen GP 1'35.746 1.114
18   Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1'35.792 1.160
19   Konstantin Tereschenko Campos Racing 1'36.070 1.438
20   Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport 1'36.157 1.525
21   Artur Janosz Trident 1'36.215 1.583
22   Sandy Stuvik Trident 1'36.282 1.650
23   Mahaveer Raghunathan Koiranen GP 1'37.222 2.590
24   Alex Palou Campos Racing 1'37.248 2.616
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