Vainio claims pole at the Hungaroring
27 July 2013 – Aaro Vainio snatched pole in a frantic GP3 qualifying session at the Hungaroring on Saturday morning, the Koiranen GP driver posting a time of 1:32.811 to edge out ART’s Conor Daly in the closing moments.
The session had looked set to be dominated by the ART Grand Prix team, with the three team-mates conducting their own private battle for pole before Vainio’s grid-topping time. Jack Harvey set the initial benchmark with a ragged-edge lap, before Daly pipped him by two thousands of a second. Facu Regalia, who had earlier had a lap disallowed for exceeding the track limits, then claimed provisional pole with four minutes left on the clock, despite being held up by a slower car in the final sector.
The closing stages saw Daly back on top with a 1:32.987, leading an ART one-two-three. The order changed rapidly in the final few laps, however, with Tio Ellinas the first to disrupt the dominance by initially going third, before Vainio claimed the top spot amid a flurry of personal bests. Daly and Daniil Kvyat were the drivers to eventually round out the top three, with Harvey dropping back to fifth behind Kevin Korjus.
Bamboo’s Lewis Williamson wound up in sixth, ahead of team-mate Melville McKee and Arden driver Carlos Sainz Jr. After battling at the top of the timesheets earlier on, Regalia finished back in ninth, with Ellinas dropping down to 10th place.
Saturday’s race in the GP3 Series gets underway at 5.20pm local time (GMT +2)