Maiden GP3 Pole at Home for Kirchhofer at Hockenheim

Reigning German Formula 3 Champion Marvin Kirchhofer took his maiden GP3 Series pole position in front of his home fans at Hockenheim. The German took his ART Grand Prix machine to the top in the closing stages to beat current championship leader Alex Lynn of Carlin.

It was a close session in hot conditions with Lynn missing out on the four points for pole position by just 0.059s as Kirchhofer was not to be denied. Nick Yelloly will start third for Status Grand Prix, and was just over a tenth of a second away from top spot.

The second Carlin of Emil Bernstorff will line-up alongside Yelloly for an all-British second row, while Jimmy Eriksson took fifth but the Koiranen GP driver will have to start back in tenth due to the five-place grid penalty carried over for causing a collision at Silverstone.

Mitchell Gilbert will therefore start from the fifth position for Trident Racing; the Australian will be making his first GP3 race start of the year this afternoon after his first event at Silverstone ended early when he crashed at high speed and did a backwards somersault in the wet qualifying session.

Dino Zamparelli will start sixth for ART Grand Prix ahead of Friday practice pace setter Richie Stanaway of Status Grand Prix in seventh, while Matheo Tuscher of Jenzer Motorsport will start eighth. Dean Stoneman will start this afternoon’s race from ninth for Marussia Manor Racing, alongside the penalised Eriksson.

Hockenheim Qualifying Times

1 Marvin Kirchhofer GER ART Grand Prix 1:28.647
2 Alex Lynn GBR Carlin 1:28.706
3 Nick Yelloly GBR Status Grand Prix 1:28.749
4 Emil Bernstorff GBR Carlin 1:28.910
5 Mitchell Gilbert AUS Trident Racing 1:28.995
6 Dino Zamparelli GBR ART Grand Prix 1:29.133
7 Richie Stanaway NZL Status Grand Prix 1:29.205
8 Matheo Tuscher SWI Jenzer Motorsport 1:29.212
9 Dean Stoneman GBR Marussia Manor Racing 1:29.247
10* Jimmy Eriksson SWE Koiranen GP 1:28.949
11 Roman de Beer RSA Trident Racing 1:29.338
12 Robert Visoiu ROM Arden International 1:29.400
13 Jann Mardenborough GBR Arden International 1:29.405
14 Riccardo Agostini ITA Hilmer Motorsport 1:29.516
15 Alfonso Celis Jr MEX Status Grand Prix 1:29.531
16* Alex Fontana SWI ART Grand Prix 1:29.329
17 Patric Niederhauser SWI Arden International 1:29.672
18 Sebastian Balthasar GER Hilmer Motorsport 1:29.849
19 Luis Sa Silva MAC Carlin 1:29.951
20 Nelson Mason CAN Hilmer Motorsport 1:30.082
21 Ryan Cullen GBR Marussia Manor Racing 1:30.180
22 Patrick Kujala FIN Marussia Manor Racing 1:30.272
23 Adderly Fong CHN Jenzer Motorsport 1:30.646
24* Pal Varhaug NOR Jenzer Motorsport 1:29.870
25 Santiago Urrutia URU Koiranen GP 1:30.977
26 Victor Carbone BRZ Trident Racing 1:31.219
27 Carmen Jorda ESP Koiranen GP 1:32.951

*Five Place Penalty carried over from Silverstone*