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“Haryanto takes first GP2 pole in wet Spa”

August 31, 2012

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Rio Haryanto secured his first GP2 pole position at Spa-Francorchamps this evening.

The Carlin racer headed Lotus’ James Calado as the clock ran down during a very wet session at the famed Belgian circuit.

Coming in with a best of 2:17.535, Haryanto proved to be one-tenth of-a-second too quick for the impressive Englishman. It was an impressive tour from the Indonesian, who has struggled for consistency at times this season – in this instance, Haryanto was inch perfect.

Beyond Calado was Lotus teammate Esteban Gutierrez who was a further tenth behind the flying Haryanto.
While the poleman gained a nice bundle of bonus points and two spots in the standings (Haryanto now claims 13th), the starting grid gives the Lotus pairing ample opportunity to build their battle for 3rd place overall – a battle Gutierrez currently leads.

iSport duo Marcus Ericsson and Jolyon Palmer were next up, with the Swede edging Palmer to the second row by three-tenths. Championship challenger Davide Valsecchi rounded out the top six, some thirteen places ahead of his chief rival Luiz Razia…

There was a surprise when Sergio Canamasas grabbed 7th for Venezuela GP Lazarus who lurched onto the fourth row thanks to a late effort. Canamasas heads Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering), Felipe Nasr (DAMS) and Giedo van der Garde (Caterham).

As noted, it was a poor session for series leader Razia. The Brazilian starts rom 19th place tomorrow and it will take a stellar drive from the pit of his boots to lift a result from that.

2012 GP2 Round of Spa-Francorchamps (Rd 10, Qualifying)
Pos  Driver               Team                Time       Gap
 1.  Rio Haryanto         Carlin              2m17.535s
 2.  James Calado         Lotus               2m17.643s  + 0.108s
 3.  Esteban Gutierrez    Lotus               2m17.736s  + 0.201s
 4.  Marcus Ericsson      iSport              2m18.058s  + 0.523s
 5.  Jolyon Palmer        iSport              2m18.368s  + 0.833s
 6.  Davide Valsecchi     DAMS                2m18.397s  + 0.862s
 7.  Sergio Canamasas     Lazarus             2m18.582s  + 1.047s
 8.  Fabio Leimer         Racing Engineering  2m18.603s  + 1.068s
 9.  Felipe Nasr          DAMS                2m18.801s  + 1.266s
10.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham            2m18.930s  + 1.395s
11.  Stefano Coletti      Coloni              2m19.328s  + 1.793s
12.  Nathanael Berthon    Racing Engineering  2m19.721s  + 2.186s
13.  Max Chilton          Carlin              2m19.803s  + 2.268s
14.  Fabio Onidi          Coloni              2m20.100s  + 2.565s
15.  Josef Kral           Addax               2m20.224s  + 2.689s
16.  Victor Guerin        Ocean               2m20.289s  + 2.754s
17.  Julian Leal          Trident             2m20.455s  + 2.920s
18.  Ricardo Teixeira     Rapax               2m20.484s  + 2.949s
19.  Luiz Razia           Arden               2m20.712s  + 3.177s
20.  Rodolfo Gonzalez     Caterham            2m20.752s  + 3.217s
21.  Nigel Melker         Ocean               2m20.888s  + 3.353s
22.  Daniel de Jong       Rapax               2m20.921s  + 3.386s
23.  Stephane Richelmi    Trident             2m21.070s  + 3.535s
24.  Simon Trummer        Arden               2m21.790s  + 4.255s
25.  Johnny Cecotto       Addax               2m21.942s  + 4.407s
26.  Rene Binder          Lazarus             2m22.795s  + 5.260s
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