Debut pole for DAMS and Hughes for GP3 opener

2016 GP3 Series Round 1. Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Saturday 14 May 2016. Jake Hughes (GBR, DAMS) celebrates pole position. Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service. ref: Digital Image _79P0481

It was the perfect result for DAMS to welcome them into the GP3 Series by locking out the front row with Jake Hughes on pole closely followed by team-mate Kevin Jörg. The top three is completed by ART Grand Prix and Ferrari Driver Academy member Charles Leclerc.

The thirty minute session started in very different conditions than what faced the drivers in practice as they were greeted by blue skies. The early pace was set by Alexander Albon before the Arden International duo of Jake Dennis and Jack Aitken took turns to lead the pack.

As many drivers returned to the pit lane Jörg used this opportunity of an empty track to shoot into P1 – the Swiss driver remained on top with less than seven minutes remaining ahead of Aitken, Dennis, Matthew ParrySantino Ferrucci, Albon and Tatiana Calderon.

Spanish driver Alex Palou had a difficult session in his Campos Racing machine which suffered technical gremlins which left him in last place.

It was soon an ART one-two-three when Nirei Fukuzumi flew to the top of the timings before Leclerc replaced him at the top with Albon also moving up into third.

With just three minutes to go Hughes set a flier of a lap and was the first to lap in the 1m34s. In the dying moments Jörg found some extra pace to join his team-mate on the front row as the chequered flag was waved.

Behind the DAMS duo of Hughes and Jörg comes: Leclerc, Fukuzumi, Dennis, Oscar TunjoAntonio Fuoco, Albon, Ralph Boschung and Aitken.

The first race of the 2016 campaign takes place today at 5:20pm local time.

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Circuit de Catalunya Qualifying Result

1Jake HughesDAMS 1:34.632
2Kevin JörgDAMS 1:34.772
3Charles LeclercART Grand Prix1:34.949
4Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix1:35.048
5Jake DennisArden International 1:35.117
6Oscar TunjoJenzer Motorsport 1:35.160
7Antonio FuocoTrident1:35.201
8Alexander AlbonART Grand Prix1:35.207
9Ralph BoschungKoiranen GP1:35.244
10Jack AitkenArden International 1:35.415
11Nyck de VriesART Grand Prix1:35.463
12Tatiana CalderonArden International 1:35.469
13Richard GondaJenzer Motorsport 1:35.594
14Steijn SchothorstCampos Racing1:35.598
15Giuliano AlesiTrident1:35.656
16Matevos IsaakyanKoiranen GP1:35.693
17Matthew Parry Koiranen GP1:35.746
18Santino FerrucciDAMS 1:35.792
19Konstantin TereshchenkoCampos Racing1:36.070
20Akash NandyJenzer Motorsport 1:36.157
21Artur JanoszTrident1:36.215
22Sandy StuvikTrident1:36.282
23Mahaveer RaghunathanKoiranen GP1:37.222
24Alex Palou Campos Racing1:37.248