Tom Dillmann took pole position for the GP3 Series curtain raiser at Istanbul for Carlin, denying Status GP driver Alexander Sims by just 0.029 seconds.

Early in the session Sims traded places at the top of the timesheets with fellow title favourites Valtteri Bottas (ART) and Antonio Felix da Costa (Status).

Free practice pacesetter Nigel Melker was the first to stop for fresh tyres, and immediately went top in his Mucke car. As the rest of the field switched to new rubber, Sims went second quickest, ahead of Dillmann and Bottas.

Lewis Williamson then went quickest for MW Arden, but he was displaced by fellow Brit Sims towards the end of the session. He didn't stay there for long though, as Dillmann stole pole position.

Sims and Williamson maintained second and third places, but Williamson was later given a grid penalty for crossing the white line at the pit lane exit. As he commited the offence twice, he was given two three-place penalties, dropping him to ninth.

This promoted Andrea Caldarelli to third for Tech 1, with Melker ending up fourth. Bottas will share the third row of the grid with teammate James CaladoMichael Christensen and Mitch Evans qualified seventh and eighth for ART and Arden respectively, with Williamson and Nico Muller (Jenzer) rounding out the top ten for the Race 1 grid.

Qualifying session results:

Pos Driver Entrant Time Gap
1 Tom Dillmann Carlin 1:45.391
2 Alexander Sims Status Grand Prix 1:45.420 0.029
3 Lewis Williamson MW Arden 1:45.529 0.138
4 Andrea Caldarelli Tech 1 Racing 1:45.534 0.143
5 Nigel Melker RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:45.541 0.150
6 Valtteri Bottas Lotus ART 1:45.624 0.233
7 James Calado Lotus ART 1:45.641 0.250
8 Michael Christensen RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:45.652 0.261
9 Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:45.668 0.277
10 Nico Muller Jenzer Motorsport 1:45.672 0.281
11 Antonio Felix da Costa Status Grand Prix 1:45.702 0.311
12 Dean Smith Addax Team 1:45.773 0.382
13 Rio Haryanto Marussia Manor Racing 1:45.825 0.434
14 Simon Trummer MW Arden 1:45.955 0.564
15 Gabriel Chaves Addax Team 1:45.963 0.572
16 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Marussia Manor Racing 1:45.977 0.586
17 Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS GP 1:45.071 0.680
18 Dominic Storey Addax Team 1:46.071 0.727
19 Nick Yelloly Atech CRS GP 1:46.118 0.802
20 Pedro Nunes Lotus ART 1:46.193 0.802
21 Luciano Bacheta RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:46.193 0.836
22 Zoel Amberg Atech CRS GP 1:46.227 0.868
23 Ivan Lukashevich Status Grand Prix 1:46.259 0.885
24 Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 Racing 1:46.276 0.935
25 Matias Laine Marussia Manor Racing 1:46.326 0.948
26 Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer Motorsport 1:46.339 1.013
27 Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 1:46.404 1.098
28 Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 1:46.489 1.280
29 Conor Daly Carlin 1:46.671 1.297
30 Aaro Vainio Tech 1 Racing 1:45.391 0.029