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Britain’s Adrian Quaife-Hobbs has claimed a home pole position for Saturday’s first GP3 race of the weekend at Silverstone. With a best effort of 1:51.190, the Marussia Manor driver shares the front row with Lotus ART pilot and compatriot James Calado.
Following the heavy rain of Friday, the GP3 community was delighted with this morning’s dry and bright session, despite a number of damp patches on-track.
Halfway through the session, it was the MW Arden cars of Lewis Williamson and championship leader Mitch Evans which led the way, with Quaife-Hobbs also moving into pole position contention. The three men continued to trade lap times, with Jenzer’s Nico Müller then getting involved in the battle as well.
With five of the 30 minutes to go, Scotland’s Williamson was atop the timesheets and looking strong for pole. However, in a dramatic final 60 seconds, Calado stole P1 before Quaife-Hobbs did likewise to cap a maiden pole for both himself and his team. Evans, fourth Briton Alexander Sims and Müller complete the top six.
Race 1 begins at 4:20pm local time (BST)
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|2.||J. Calado||Lotus ART||01:51.576||13|
|3.||L. Williamson||MW Arden||01:51.600||13|
|4.||M. Evans||MW Arden||01:51.790||14|
|7.||V. Bottas||Lotus ART||01:51.921||12|
|8.||N. Melker||RSC Mücke||01:51.927||13|
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