GP3: Ghiotto takes Spa pole


They are running out of superlatives for series leader Luca Ghiotto: The Italian blazed to his fourth pole position of the season, his fifth of his career. His best laptime of 2:04.943 was one tenth faster than ART Grand Prix's and Mercedes backed Esteban Ocon. Marvin Kirchhöfer was third fastest, with the leading trio in the Drivers' Standings taking the top three spots in qualifying.

It was another warm day at the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, with the drivers keen to achieve the first pole position since the summer break. Kirchhöfer was first to lap in the 2m06's, quickly followed by teammate Ocon. Jenzer Motorsport's Matheo Tuscher was next to top the pile, with Ghiotto up to second at the midway point.

Kirchhöfer returned to the top of the timesheet, until Ocon bettered his time by a mere 0.059s. Almost the entire field returned to the pitlane for new Pirelli rubber with the exception of Carlin's Jann Mardenborough. The Brit had the track to himself and it appeared to have paid off at that point as he clocked the second fastest time, 0.007's off the Frenchman in P1.

After recording the quickest time yesterday in Free Practice, Ghiotto clearly had the pace to challenge for pole and the Italian was first to dip into the 2m04's, with a three tenth advantage over Arden International's Emil Bernstorff.

Carlin and Ferrari Academy Driver Antonio Fuoco moved up to third, before Ocon split Ghiotto and Bernstorff as the clock ticked down. As the chequered flag came out, Kirchhöfer was on his best lap, lighting the timing screens purple. The German moved up to third as the session drew to a close.

Behind the top three of Ghiotto, Ocon and Kirchhöfer was Bernstorff, Fuoco, Kevin Ceccon, Matthew Parry, Tuscher, Jimmy Eriksson and Alfonso Celis. Jr.

GP3 Media

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Ghiotto Trident 2:04.943 125.401 mph
2 Ocon ART Grand Prix 2:05.114 0.171
3 Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 2:05.144 0.201
4 Bernstorff Arden International 2:05.308 0.365
5 Fuoco Carlin 2:05.458 0.515
6 Ceccon Arden International 2:05.591 0.648
7 Parry Koiaranen GP 2:05.618 0.675
8 Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 2:05.669 0.726
9 Eriksson Koiaranen GP 2:05.704 0.761
10 Celis Jr ART Grand Prix 2:05.834 0.891
11 Mardenborough Carlin 2:05.869 0.926
12 Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 2:05.931 0.988
13 Morris Status Grand Prix 2:05.938 0.995
14 Palou Campos Racing 2:05.939 0.996
15 Gilbert Carlin 2:06.065 1.122
16 Boschung Jenzer Motorsport 2:06.110 1.167
17 Janosz Trident 2:06.314 1.371
18 Fontana Status Grand Prix 2:06.317 1.374
19 Visser Trident 2:06.373 1.430
20 Fong Koiaranen GP 2:06.537 1.594
21 Bosak Arden International 2:06.538 1.595
22 Ashkanani Campos Racing 2:06.922 1.979
23 Stuvik Status Grand Prix 2:07.106 2.163

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Published: 22/08/2015
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