“Kirchhöfer claims maiden GP3 Series pole”
ART Grand Prix’s Marvin Kirchhöfer claimed the first pole position of his GP3 Series career at Hockenheim today.
The German set a late lap at 1:28.647s to steal the prize from points leader Alex Lynn (Carlin).
In astonishingly hot conditions, Kirchhöfer broke into the 1’28s early, leaving the field to catch; however the former German F3 champion was jumped by Lynn as the session drew to a close.
Emerging for another quick lap, Kirchhöfer maintained a good pace, eventually pipping Lynn by just half-a-tenth, while Status GP’s Nick Yelloly was a similar distance adrift of Lynn in 3rd.
Emil Bernstorff recorded an excellent 4th in his Carlin machine, while Mitch Gilbert took 5th for Trident. ART Grand Prix driver Dino Zamparelli fills out the third row.
Richie Stanaway (Status GP) and Mathéo Tuscher (Jenzer) closed out positions 7 and 8 respectively, with Dean Stoneman (Marussia Manor) just missing out on the top eight.
Title challenger Jimmy Eriksson (Koiranen GP) originally qualified in 5th place, but a five-place grid penalty left over from Silverstone dropped the Swede down to 10th overall.
2014 GP3 Series Round of German (Rd 4, Qualifying) Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Marvin Kirchhofer ART 1m28.647s 14 2. Alex Lynn Carlin 1m28.706s +0.059s 13 3. Nick Yelloly Status 1m28.749s +0.102s 12 4. Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1m28.910s +0.263s 15 5. Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen 1m28.949s +0.302s 14 6. Mitchell Gilbert Trident 1m28.995s +0.348s 13 7. Dino Zamparelli ART 1m29.133s +0.486s 13 8. Richie Stanaway Status 1m29.205s +0.558s 13 9. Matheo Tuscher Jenzer 1m29.212s +0.565s 13 10. Dean Stoneman Manor 1m29.247s +0.600s 13 11. Alex Fontana ART 1m29.329s +0.682s 14 12. Roman de Beer Trident 1m29.338s +0.691s 15 13. Robert Visoiu Arden 1m29.400s +0.753s 14 14. Jann Mardenborough Arden 1m29.405s +0.758s 13 15. Riccardo Agostini Hilmer 1m29.516s +0.869s 13 16. Alfonso Celis Status 1m29.531s +0.884s 11 17. Patric Niederhauser Arden 1m29.672s +1.025s 13 18. Sebastian Balthasar Hilmer 1m29.849s +1.202s 1? 19. Pal Varhaug Jenzer 1m29.870s +1.223s 15 20. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1m29.951s +1.304s 12 21. Nelson Mason Hilmer 1m30.082s +1.435s 16 22. Ryan Cullen Manor 1m30.180s +1.533s 15 23. Patrick Kujala Manor 1m30.272s +1.625s 8 24. Adderly Fong Jenzer 1m30.646s +1.999s 13 25. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen 1m30.977s +2.330s 14 26. Victor Carbone Trident 1m31.219s +2.572s 17 27. Carmen Jorda Koiranen 1m32.951s +4.304s 16