GP3 Series

Maiden GP3 pole position for de Vries

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Nyck De Vries (NED, ART Grand Prix) celebrates getting pole at the Hungarian GP. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 23 July 2016. World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _SLA7127

It was once again ART Grand Prix on top with Nyck de Vries claiming pole position at the Hungaroring for the GP3 Series Feature Race by almost half a second to his nearest rival, Matthew ParryTrident Motorsport‘s Antonio Fuoco completed the top three.

Campos Racing‘s Alex Palou set the early pace, before Fuoco set about setting the timing screens alight. Palou was soon pushed down the order as Matevos IsaakyanArtur JanoszJake Dennis and Giuliano Alesi improved their lap times.

ART’s Alexander Albon was first to dip into the 1m33s and held an advantage of a tenth over Fuoco.

The session was briefly red flagged after Steijn Schothorst stopped at Turn 7. Once the session resumed there was just seven minutes left in the clock with championship leader Charles Leclerc was down in P11.

Ralph Boschung soon shot up to second place a mere 0.026s off of Albon – that was until Fuoco found some extra pace to return to the head of the timings. Leclerc found himself on the move and wa up into P3, but like in practice it was Parry who looked racy and he rose to provisional pole by a tenth.

Fuoco tried his best to respond but he was just 0.014s shy of Parry’s time. Dennis was also a man on the move as he went third quickest but all eyes soon turned to de Vries as the ART rookie flew to the top of the timesheet.

At the chequered flag de Vries pocketed his maiden GP3 pole ahead of Parry, Fuoco, Dennis, Nirei Fukuzumi, Leclerc, Jack Aitken, Albon, Arjun Maini and Boschung.

2016 GP3 Series Hungarian Qualifying Results

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