Quaife-Hobbs grabs pole at Monza
10 September 2011 – Britain’s Adrian Quaife-Hobbs has claimed pole position for Saturday’s penultimate GP3 race of 2011 in Italy. Topping the timesheets in the morning session at Monza, the Manor driver edged out Jenzer’s Nico Müller by just 62 thousandths of a second, with championship leader Valtteri Bottas completing the top five for ART.
Manor’s Rio Haryanto led the way for the first half of the session, with title contender Alexander Sims then going ahead before falling to an eventual 11th place. Bottas was back on top just before the end of the first 15 minutes, having pitted for fresh tyres.
With the clock ticking, Haryanto moved ahead once again before Müller grabbed the top spot on his final flying lap. It looked as though the Swiss would hold the position, only for Quaife-Hobbs to impress with his last-gasp effort which means a second career pole for the Kent driver.
With Haryanto dropping to third, Mitch Evans is fourth ahead of Bottas, with second Briton James Calado sixth. The top ten is completed by Simon Trummer, Michael Christensen, Támas Pál Kiss and Tom Dillmann.
Race 1 begins at 5:20pm local time (BST +1)