Tom Dillmann grabs maiden GP2 pole

RUSSIAN TIME lock out front row in Budapest


By Olivier Ferret

26 July 2013 - 17:14
Tom Dillmann grabs maiden GP2 (...)

Tom Dillmann is a happy boy today: the Frenchman bagged his first ever GP2 pole position in today’s qualifying session at the Hungaroring with a laptime of 1:28.219, a hair’s breadth ahead of teammate Sam Bird. Fabio Leimer took third.

It was still very hot in Hungary when the pitlane opened for today’s qualifying session. Marcus Ericsson was the man who set the early pace dipping under 1m29s with teammate Stéphane Richelmi in tow, both men showing once again how quick reigning champions DAMS are. Jolyon Palmer and Johnny Cecotto also found the pace to break the 1m29s barrier.

But on his first fast lap, Dillmann bettered Ericsson’s laptime by five tenths and claimed the top spot, and little did he know at that point that it was going to be enough to grab pole at the chequered flag. His teammate Bird moved up to second on the same lap but was four tenths slower than the Frenchman, leaving the DAMS pair in P3 and P4.

All the drivers returned to the pits for a set of fresh Soft Pirelli tyres and when the action picked up again, it was all about trying to get as close as possible to Dillmann’s laptime. Felipe Nasr who had only completed two laps in this morning’s free practice session moved up to third. That’s when Fabio Leimer was able to find some extra pace and clocked a laptime that put him second on the timesheet. In the dying minutes of the session, Bird put his head down and bettered the Swiss’ time, but ended 0.07s shy off Dillmann and the pole position.

At the chequered flag, Dillmann was all smiles as he pocketed his maiden GP2 pole and newcomers RUSSIAN TIME enjoyed their first front row lock out. Leimer ended third ahead of Nasr, Ericsson, Richelmi, Palmer, Rio Hayranto, Alexander Rossi and Daniel De Jong.

1. Tom Dillmann RUSSIAN TIME 1:28.219 11
2. Sam Bird RUSSIAN TIME 1:28.296 11
3. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:28.507 13
4. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:28.679 14
5. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:28.709 12
6. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:28.753 10
7. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:28.802 12
8. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:28.826 12
9. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:28.851 14
10. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:28.855 11
11. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:28.927 13
12. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:29.012 10
13. Nathanaël Berthon Trident Racing 1:29.020 14
14. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:29.128 11
15. Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport 1:29.136 10
16. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:29.206 12
17. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:29.403 15
18. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:29.519 13
19. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:29.524 12
20. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:29.735 13
21. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:29.742 14
22. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Hilmer Motorsport 1:29.793 13
23. Dani Clos MP Motorsport 1:29.877 12
24. Sergio Canamasas EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:30.078 13
25. Vittorio Ghirelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:30.251 14
26. Ricardo Teixeira Trident Racing 1:31.254 15


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