Vainio snatches Hungary GP3 pole

Vainio snatches Hungary GP3 pole

Formula 3

Vainio snatches Hungary GP3 pole


A stunning late effort by Aaro Vainio earned the Koiranen driver pole position for Saturday’s opening GP3 race in Hungary.

The session had been dominated by the ART cars of Conor Daly, Jack Harvey and Facu Regalia when the Finn produced his lap of 1m32.811s. Daly responded but fell 0.18 second short. In a frantic end to the session MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat set the third best time, while the pace of the Koiranen cars was demonstrated by Kevin Korjus being fourth fastest.

Harvey dropped to fifth, just ahead of fellow Brit Lewis Williamson in the Bamboo entry.

Melville McKee produced a strong showing to line up seventh for Bamboo, while Carlos Sainz Jr. dropped from third to eighth during the action-packed closing stages.

Title rivals Regalia and points leader Tio Ellinas will share the fifth row, with the ART car lining up ahead of the Cypriot’s Marussia Manor entry.

Such was the strength of the field, the top 18 cars were covered by a second, boding well for an exciting race.

Pos  Driver               Team      Time       Gap 1.  Aaro Vainio          Koiranen  1m32.811s 2.  Conor Daly           ART       1m32.987s  +0.176s 3.  Daniil Kvyat         MW Arden  1m33.070s  +0.259s 4.  Kevin Korjus         Koiranen  1m33.104s  +0.293s 5.  Jack Harvey          ART       1m33.109s  +0.298s 6.  Lewis Williamson     Bamboo    1m33.200s  +0.389s 7.  Melville McKee       Bamboo    1m33.337s  +0.526s 8.  Carlos Sainz Jr      MW Arden  1m33.345s  +0.534s 9.  Facu Regalia         ART       1m33.354s  +0.543s10.  Tio Ellinas          Manor     1m33.384s  +0.573s11.  Robert Visoiu        MW Arden  1m33.439s  +0.628s12.  Giovanni Venturini   Trident   1m33.582s  +0.771s13.  Patric Niederhauser  Jenzer    1m33.599s  +0.788s14.  Alex Fontana         Jenzer    1m33.614s  +0.803s15.  Nick Yelloly         Carlin    1m33.658s  +0.847s16.  Dino Zamparelli      Manor     1m33.715s  +0.904s17.  Patrick Kujala       Koiranen  1m33.778s  +0.967s18.  Eric Lichtenstein    Carlin    1m33.800s  +0.989s19.  David Fumanelli      Trident   1m33.893s  +1.082s20.  Jimmy Eriksson       Status    1m34.089s  +1.278s21.  Josh Webster         Status    1m34.237s  +1.426s22.  Adderly Fong         Status    1m34.241s  +1.430s23.  Luis Sa Silva        Carlin    1m34.952s  +2.141s24.  Emanuele Zonzini     Trident   1m35.006s  +2.195s25.  Samin Gomez          Jenzer    1m35.491s  +2.680s26.  Ryan Cullen          Manor     1m36.046s  +3.235s27.  Carmen Jorda         Bamboo    1m37.246s  +4.435s