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VAINIO SCORCHES TO POLE IN BUDAPEST-
 
Koiranen GP’s Aaro Vainio will head the front row at the Hungaroring
 
It’s all smiles for the Finn Aaro Vainio, the Koiranen GP ace flew to pole position in the dying stages of the qualifying session to secure his third pole in GP3. Conor Daly will start from second for ART Grand Prix with MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat in third.
 
Once again the GP3 drivers had to contend with searing temperatures, 40 degrees on track as the drivers pushed to the limit in the 30 minute session. The ART Grand Prix trio of Daly, Facu Regalia and Jack Harvey were first to make their way onto the track with Kvyat the early pacesetter in the 1m34’s.
 
Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus was first to dip into the 1m33’s with Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering) a tenth off. After ten minutes, the drivers returned to the pitlane for a new set of Pirelli rubber to continue in their quest for pole.
 
Harvey shot to the top of the timings until his teammate Daly demoted him, bettering his time by a mere 0.002s. Regalia joined his teammates by rising to P1 as the clock ticked down. Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) spun and was unable to continue, his car having to be pushed to the side of the track.
 
Daly reclaimed back his provisional pole with a 1:32.987, as the final minutes were a hype of activity with positions swapping throughout the pack. Williamson, Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) and Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) were all men on the move, heading into the top three but all eyes were on Vainio who upped his pace to set pole position – his first of the 2013 season to set himself up for this afternoon’s race.
 
At the chequered flag it was Vainio a tenth faster than Daly, with Kvyat, Korjus, Harvey, Williamson, Melville McKee, Sainz, Regalia and Ellinas completing the top ten.
 
Race 1 takes place at 17.20 CET later today, with increasing temperatures and eight different winners so far, who knows what to expect for this afternoon’s race!
 
 
Qualifying
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:32.811
14
2.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:32.987
13
3.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:33.070
16
4.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:33.104
13
5.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:33.109
`3
6.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
1:33.200
12
7.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:33.337
14
8.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:33.345
15
9.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:33.354
13
10.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:33.384
14
11.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:33.439
14
12.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:33.582
14
13.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:33..599
14
14.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:33.614
14
15.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:33.658
13
16.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:33.715
13
17.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:33.778
12
18.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:33.800
13
19.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:33.893
13
20.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:34.089
13
21.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:34.237
14
22.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:34.241
10
23.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:34.952
15
24.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:35.006
14
25.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:35.491
14
26.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:36.046
12
27.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:37.246
15