Ghiotto grabs pole for GP3 season opener

Trident’s Luca Ghiotto will start the opening round of the 2015 GP3 Series from pole position after topping qualifying at Barcelona on Saturday morning.

Ghiotto grabs pole for GP3 season opener
Luca Ghiotto, Trident
Jann Mardenborough,Carlin watches Luca Ghiotto, Trident pass in the pit lane
Luca Ghiotto, Trident
Luca Ghiotto, Trident

Practice pacesetter Ghiotto set a 1m35.469s on his first set of fresh tyres just over 10 minutes into the session, but as the session drew to a close Esteban Ocon got to within 0.139s with 12 minutes to run.

The other late-running ART cars then filled the third and fourth places with Alfonso Celis Jr and Marvin Kirchhofer respectively, pushing Jimmy Eriksson down to fifth.

Ghiotto – who only has four GP3 starts to his name, but now two pole positions – was on a much faster lap on his second set of tyres, but was balked badly in the final corners.

But Ferrari junior Antonio Fuoco spun into the gravel at the end of the session, which prevented any further late improvement by Ocon.

Of those that did manage to improve their times and positions in the closing stages of the session, Emil Bernstorff rose to third, ahead of Alex Palou and Matteo Tuscher.

Kirchhofer could only manage sixth ahead of Celis Jr, Oscar Tunjo, Pal Varhaug and Eriksson.

Qualifying times

Pos Driver  Team   Time  Delay 
Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m35.469  
Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix 1m35.608 0.139
Emil Bernstorff Arden International 1m35.800 0.331
Alex Palou Campos Racing 1m35.846 0.377
Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 1m35.909 0.440
Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 1m35.934 0.465
Alfonso Celis ART Grand Prix 1m35.943 0.474
Oscar Tunjo Trident 1m36.047 0.578
Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 1m36.082 0.613
10  Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 1m36.134 0.665
11  Mitchell Gilbert Carlin 1m36.143 0.674
12  Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport 1m36.160 0.691
13  Adderly Fong Koiranen GP 1m36.213 0.744
14  Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 1m36.284 0.815
15  Jann Mardenborough Carlin 1m36.305 0.836
16  Matt Parry Koiranen GP 1m36.403 0.934
17  Artur Janosz Trident 1m36.478 1.009
18  Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix 1m36.534 1.065
19  Kevin Ceccon Arden International 1m36.593 1.124
20  Seb Morris Status Grand Prix 1m36.634 1.165
21  Antonio Fuoco Carlin 1m36.785 1.316
22  Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing 1m37.288 1.819
23  Alex Bosak Arden International 1m37.549 2.080
24  Samin Gomez Campos Racing 1m38.409 2.940
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