Mitch Evans on pole at Monza

GP3


Mitch Evans one step nearer to title with Monza pole
Mitch Evans has one hand on the GP3 Series championship trophy after flying to pole position in Qualifying today for Round 8 of the 2012 season. Series rival Antonio Felix Da Costa (Carlin) was just 0.020s shy of the New Zealander with David Fumanelli of MW Arden in third.
Gorgeous weather set the scene in the Monza paddock ahead of GP3 Qualifying on the day where the GP3 Series crown can be clinched. There was a flurry of action in the pitlane as the drivers ventured onto the circuit to set their installation laps and then the pace intensified. Tio Ellinas was first to set a hot lap, with Evans and William Buller also topping the timesheets in the early part of the 30 minute session.
Kevin Ceccon (Ocean Racing Technology) damaged his front wing when contact was made with the back of Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport). At the midway point of qualifying, Felix Da Costa posted the fastest time with Ellinas and Buller close in pursuit. With four minutes remaining on the clock, the Series leader went quickest by seven tenths of second, showing he meant business in his fight to pocket the extra four points on offer for the coveted pole position.
But Felix Da Costa wasn’t ready to let the MW Arden ace have it all his own way and went P2, nearly matching the New Zealander’s best efforts. The top two in the championship will start from the front row together in the season finale, with all eyes on becoming GP3 Series Champion.
Fumanelli in front of his home supporters, claimed P3, one of his best qualifying sessions of the year, ahead of teammate Matias Laine and Ellinas. Tamas Pal Kiss finished P6 but has a ten place grid penalty after practice, therefore he will drop to P16. Buller, Daniel Abt, Conor Daly and Niederhauser rounded out the top ten.
Race 1 takes place at 17.20 CET later today where Evans can become Champion this afternoon if he finishes first or second as he has a 25.5 points advantage over Felix Da Costa, make sure you don’t miss it!
Qualifying – Monza
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Mitch Evans
MW Arden
1:43.542
14
2.
Antonio Felix Da Costa
Carlin
1:43.562
15
3.
David Fumanelli
MW Arden
1:43.897
15
4.
Matias Laine
MW Arden
1:43.903
14
5.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:44.105
14
6.
Tamas Pal Kiss*
Atech CRS GP
1:44.186
14
7.
William Buller
Carlin
1:44.273
14
8.
Daniel Abt
Lotus GP
1:44.371
14
9.
Conor Daly
Lotus GP
1:44.433
14
10.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:44.452
13
11.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident Racing
1:44.516
14
12.
Robert Visoiu
Jenzer Motorsport
1:44.600
13
13.
Aaro Vainio
Lotus GP
1:44.668
14
14.
Dmitry Suranovich
Marussia Manor Racing
1:44.860
14
15.
Robert Cregan
Ocean Racing Technology
1:44.903
14
16.
Marlon Stockinger
Status Grand Prix
1:44.943
14
17.
Lewis Williamson
Status Grand Prix
1:44.960
14
18.
Fabiano Machado
Marussia Manor Racing
1:45.030
15
19.
Alex Brundle
Carlin
1:45.056
14
20.
John Wartique
Atech CRS GP
1:45.165
14
21.
Kevin Ceccon
Ocean Racing Technology
1:45.213
14
22.
Alice Powell
Status Grand Prix
1:45.303
15
23.
Vicky Piria
Trident Racing
1:45.659
14
24.
Ethan Ringel
Atech CRS GP
1:46.911
14
25.
Carmen Jorda
Ocean Racing Technology
1:49.400
12
*10 place grid penalty