Malaysian pole for Pierre Gasly in Prema 1-2

2016 GP2 Series Round 10. Sepang International Circuit, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Friday 30 September 2016. Pierre Gasly (FRA, PREMA Racing) Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service. ref: Digital Image _L0U7634

Frenchman Pierre Gasly claimed his fourth pole position of the 2016 GP2 Series season ahead of his PREMA Racing team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi and Russian Time‘s Raffaele Marciello.

Racing Engineering‘s Norman Nato led the session early on, being the first man to dip under the 1m43s before ART Grand Prix‘s Nobuharu Matsushita followed suit and took over in P1. Gasly, not wanting to hang about flew to the top of the timings on his first flying lap – with a time of 1m42.181 – which was not bettered before the chequered flag dropped.

Giovinazzi tried his hardest to match his team-mate but fell two tenths adrift of the Frenchman. However, it was not all plain sailing for the championship leader who brought out the yellow flags after running wide at Turn 12 and spinning into the gravel bed but was able to rejoin and carry on. Giovinazzi used this time to bring the gap to Gasly down to just 0.082s.

With four minutes left on the clock the red flag was brought out after the Pertamina Campos Racing car of Mitch Evans ended up in the barriers after the Kiwi’s brakes failed.

At the re-start the drivers were looking to make an improvement on their times, however their efforts were ruined seconds before the flag dropped as a result of Matsushita spinning to a stop at Turn 14 and bringing out the yellow flags once again.

The drivers next take to track for the Feature Race at 11.50 local time on Saturday, with Gasly lining up on pole followed by Giovinazzi, Marciello, Sergey Sirotkin, Matsushita, Alex Lynn, Nato, Jordan King, Oliver Rowland and Artem Markelov.

Sepang International Circuit Qualifying Results

121Pierre GaslyFRAPrema Racing1m42.181
220Antonio GiovinazziITAPrema Racing1m42.263
39Raffaele MarcielloITARussian Time1m42.526
42Sergey Sirotkin RUSART Grand Prix1m42.528
51Nobuharu MatsushitaJPNART Grand Prix1m42.623
65Alex LynnGBRDAMS 1m42.775
73Norman NatoFRARacing Engineering1m42.800
84Jordan King GBRRacing Engineering1m42.851
922Oliver Rowland GBRMP Motorsport1m42.902
1010Artem MarkelovRUSRussian Time1m42.934
1115Luca GhiottoITATrident1m42.934
126Nicholas LatifiCANDAMS 1m43.130
1311Gustav MaljaSWERapax1m43.224
1419Marvin KirchhöferGERCarlin1m43.290
1512Johnny CecottoVENRapax1m43.385
167Mitch Evans NZLPertamina Campos Racing1m43.606
1724Nabil JeffriMASArden International1m43.761
1823Daniël de Jong NEDMP Motorsport1m43.965
1918Sergio CanamasasESPCarlin1m43.977
208Sean GelaelINAPertamina Campos Racing1m44.087
2114Philo Paz ArmandINATrident1m44.578