MW Arden Powers Sainz To First GP3 Pole

Sainz - son of the rally legend - leads an all MW Arden front row (Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service)

Carlos Sainz has gained his first pole in GP3 as he stormed round an overcast Spa to be in with a strong position for the weekends two races.

The Spanish MW Arden driver left it late to nab pole and the four GP3 points that go with it – blocking out team mate Daniil Kvyat by just under four tenths of a second with a blistering time of 2:04.125.

Kvyat himself was just ahead of ART Grand Prix driver Jack Harvey with whom he set the exact same time – even down to the thousandths of seconds, both on a 2:04.518.

However, the early running seemed pretty solid for Koiranen GP as Kevin Korjus set the early pace and became the first driver to break into the early 2:05s as the Ardennes roared to the sound of 27 GP3 cars.

Behind the top three by only six thousandths of a second is Conor Daly who was pipped as the chequered flag fell by his ART team mate Harvey, but he was confidently ahead of series leader Tio Ellinas, Alex Fontana and Carlin‘s Nick Yelloly.

Early stormer Korjus had to settle for eighth after failing to crack into the 2:04s but will still line up ahead of Facu Regalia and David Fumanelli.

GP3 race one is looking set to start under heavy rain so the podium could be a good target for many of the top ten.