Stoneman grabs Sochi pole on Koiranen GP debut


Briton Dean Stoneman took pole position on his Koiranen GP debut at Sochi ahead of the trio of ART Grand Prix drivers.

Stoneman switched from Marussia Manor Racing after his previous team pulled out of the event citing ‘commercial reasons’ but was immediately on the pace, setting the initial pace before improving to a 1:51.715s near the end.

Alex Fontana took an impressive second place on the grid in the leading ART Grand Prix machine, but was almost half a second adrift of the pole time. He just beat team-mates Marvin Kirchhofer and Dino Zamparelli, who will start on the second row.

Jimmy Eriksson confirmed Koiranen GP’s pace by qualifying fifth ahead of Richie Stanaway, who was fastest in yesterday’s practice session for Status Grand Prix.

Kevin Ceccon was seventh for Jenzer Motorsport ahead of championship leader Alex Lynn of Carlin, who is aiming to clinch the title this weekend. Lynn was on course for a shot at pole position after setting two best sector times on his final, but a lock up cost him that opportunity and he was forced to settle for eighth.

Patric Niederhauser will start ninth for Arden International, while Emil Bernstorff completes the top ten for Carlin.

Sochi Qualifying Times

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Dean Stoneman GBR Koiranen GP 1:51.715
2 Alex Fontana SWI ART Grand Prix 1:52.204
3 Marvin Kirchhofer GER ART Grand Prix 1:52.208
4 Dino Zamparelli GBR ART Grand Prix 1:52.288
5 Jimmy Eriksson SWE Koiranen GP 1:52.388
6 Richie Stanaway NZL Status Grand Prix 1:52.476
7 Kevin Ceccon ITA Jenzer Motorsport 1:52.499
8 Alex Lynn GBR Carlin 1:52.506
9 Patric Niederhauser SWI Arden International 1:52.527
10 Emil Bernstorff GBR Carlin 1:52.537
11 Nick Yelloly GBR Status Grand Prix 1:52.607
12 Jann Mardenborough GBR Arden International 1:52.906
13 Matheo Tuscher SWI Jenzer Motorsport 1:52.981
14 Robert Visoiu ROM Arden International 1:53.019
15 Riccardo Agostini ITA Hilmer Motorsport 1:53.151
16 Mitchell Gilbert AUS Trident Racing 1:53.190
17 Pal Varhaug NOR Jenzer Motorsport 1:53.193
18 Patrick Kujala FIN Trident Racing 1:53.386
19 Alfonso Celis Jr MEX Status Grand Prix 1:53.693
20 Luis Sa Silva MAC Carlin 1:53.742
21 Santiago Urrutia URU Koiranen GP 1:53.744
22 Nelson Mason CAN Hilmer Motorsport 1:54.191
23 Nikolay Martsenko RUS Hilmer Motorsport 1:54.700