Stephane Richelmi beat DAMS team-mate and GP2 Championship leader Jolyon Palmer to take pole position for the feature race at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. The Monegasque driver put in a lap of 1:29.293s to beat Brit Palmer by 0.128s.
Richelmi set the initial pace early in the session, and improved his time late on to hold off the challenge of his team-mate, who had taken pole position in the first round in Bahrain last month.
Whereas it is an all-DAMS front row, it is an all-Racing Engineering row two, with the second Monegasque driver in the field, Stefano Coletti, ahead of team-mate and Ferrari junior driver Raffaele Marciello. Carlin’s Felipe Nasr will start from fifth position on the grid, just ahead of New Zealander Mitch Evans for Russian Time.
Colombian Julian Leal, who struggled in this mornings free practice session, will start from seventh place in the second Carlin entry, ahead of another driver who disappointed in the morning Alexander Rossi. The American will start eighth for EQ8 Caterham Racing.
Series debutant Tio Ellinas impressed to qualify in ninth for MP Motorsport, and qualified ahead of the Bahrain feature race winner Stoffel Vandoorne who will start tenth for ART Grand Prix. The McLaren reserve driver finished the session 0.670s slower than the pole time set by Richelmi.
Series returnees Tom Dillmann and Sergio Canamasas will start 12th and 20th respectively for Arden International and Trident Racing, but one of the stars of the Bahrain weekend who took his maiden podium finish, Rapax driver Simon Trummer, struggled in Spain, and will start a lowly 24th.
Spain Feature Race Qualifying Times
|3||Stefano Coletti||MON||Racing Engineering||1:29.514|
|4||Raffaele Marciello||ITA||Racing Engineering||1:29.650|
|6||Mitch Evans||NZL||RT Russian Time||1:29.703|
|8||Alexander Rossi||USA||EQ8 Caterham Racing||1:29.893|
|9||Tio Ellinas||CYP||MP Motorsport||1:29.902|
|10||Stoffel Vandoorne||BEL||ART Grand Prix||1:29.963|
|11||Rio Haryanto||INO||EQ8 Caterham Racing||1:29.983|
|12||Tom Dillmann||FRA||Arden International||1:30.289|
|13||Arthur Pic||FRA||Campos Racing||1:30.300|
|14||Daniel Abt||GER||Hilmer Motorsport||1:30.412|
|15||Nathanael Berthon||FRA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||1:30.470|
|16||Johnny Cecotto Jr||VEN||Trident Racing||1:30.496|
|17||Kimiya Sato||JAP||Campos Racing||1:30.510|
|18||Rene Binder||AUT||Arden International||1:30.553|
|19||Daniel de Jong||NED||MP Motorsport||1:30.617|
|20||Sergio Canamasas||ESP||Trident Racing||1:30.737|
|21||Facu Regalia||ARG||Hilmer Motorsport||1:30.790|
|23||Takuya Izawa||JAP||ART Grand Prix||1:30.903|
|25||Artem Markelov||RUS||RT Russian Time||1:31.336|
|26||Conor Daly||USA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||1:31.558|