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“GP3 Series: Korjus sets fastest time, but Ellinas takes pole”

May 11, 2013

Kevin Korjus topped the 30-minute GP3 qualifying session today, but will only start 11th after an infringement during yesterday’s free practice.

As a result, Marussia Manor racer Tio Ellinas claims pole position for this evening’s event.

Korjus spent much of the latter half of the session in the leading pack, along with Ellinas, Carlos Sainz Jr, Patric Niederhauser and Alex Fontana, with each setting impressive times.
However a late run was enough for the Estonian to pitch his Koiranen GP machine firmly on top – albeit prior to the penalty. Korjus’ pole lap of 1:34.193 – the first pole of the new GP3/13 era – was a clear 4.449s faster than last year’s pole set by Antonio Felix da Costa.

Niederhauser will start alongside Ellinas on the front row after he set the 3rd best time. Unfortunately, the 4th and 5th quickest qualifiers, Fontana and Sainz Jr, also received ten-place penalties, promoting Conor Daly to 3rd on the grid.
It was a frustrating session for Daly, who felt was blocked on his final run by Daniil Kvyat. As in pre-season testing, the American has been suffering with dramatic oversteer, exasperated by the growing Barcelona heat.

Penalties lift Kvyat to beside Daly on row two, while Nick Yelloly and Aaro Vainio round out the third row of the grid. ART Grand Prix pairing Facu Regalia and Jack Harvey will take up row four.
David Fumanelli set the initial pace, only to drop down the order as qualifying progressed.

There was a brief yellow flag toward the end of the session when Ryan Cullen overcooked his Marussia Manor in turn 10, beaching his Dallara onto the kerb.

2013 GP3 Series round of Barcelona (Rd 1, Qualifying)
Pos  Driver               Team      Time       Gap
 1.  Kevin Korjus         Koiranen  1m34.193s
 2.  Tio Ellinas          Manor     1m34.233s  + 0.040s
 3.  Patric Niederhauser  Jenzer    1m34.444s  + 0.251s
 4.  Alex Fontana         Jenzer    1m34.581s  + 0.388s
 5.  Carlos Sainz Jr      MW Arden  1m34.635s  + 0.442s
 6.  Conor Daly           ART       1m34.810s  + 0.617s
 7.  Daniil Kvyat         MW Arden  1m34.989s  + 0.796s
 8.  Nick Yelloly         Carlin    1m35.111s  + 0.918s
 9.  Aaro Vainio          Koiranen  1m35.183s  + 0.990s
10.  Facu Regalia         ART       1m35.206s  + 1.013s
11.  Jack Harvey          ART       1m35.250s  + 1.057s
12.  Dino Zamparelli      Manor     1m35.334s  + 1.141s
13.  David Fumanelli      Trident   1m35.376s  + 1.183s
14.  Robert Visoiu        MW Arden  1m35.408s  + 1.215s
15.  Jimmy Eriksson       Status    1m35.458s  + 1.265s
16.  Giovanni Venturini   Trident   1m35.533s  + 1.340s
17.  Lewis Williamson     Bamboo    1m35.725s  + 1.532s
18.  Eric Lichtenstein    Carlin    1m35.884s  + 1.691s
19.  Patrick Kujala       Koiranen  1m36.031s  + 1.838s
20.  Adderly Fong         Status    1m36.131s  + 1.938s
21.  Luis Sa Silva        Carlin    1m36.271s  + 2.078s
22.  Melville McKee       Bamboo    1m36.464s  + 2.271s
23.  Emanuele Zonzini     Trident   1m36.489s  + 2.296s
24.  Samin Gomez          Jenzer    1m36.543s  + 2.350s
25.  Ryan Cullen          Manor     1m37.004s  + 2.811s
26.  Josh Webster         Status    1m37.030s  + 2.837s
27.  Carmen Jorda         Bamboo    1m38.574s  + 4.381s
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