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Bird bags pole in Spa
Old 24 Aug 2013 11:23
Category: GP2/GP3
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Sam Bird is a happy man: the Brit was quickest in today’s qualification in Spa pocketing his first pole position of the season with a laptime of 1:56.957 set in the first ten minutes of the session. Fabio Leimer and James Calado completed the top 3.

The session opened under blue skies and on a dry track which meant all twenty-six drivers could put their Pirelli Soft tyres to the test of the Belgium track. Johnny Cecotto set the early pace, but Marcus Ericsson bettered the Venezuelan’s time to claim top spot. Calado improved as well and went four tenths quicker than the Swede. It was then Leimer’s turn to go fastest, one tenth better than the Brit.

However, Bird put his head down and found the extra pace to sit pretty at the top of the timing sheet with a laptime two tenths quicker than the Swiss. At the mid-session and as the drivers returned to the pits for a fresh pair of rubbers, Bird, Leimer and Calado were still top three ahead of Alexander Rossi and Jolyon Palmer.

When the action resumed, Leimer improved slightly, but not enough to dethrone Bird who bagged pole at the chequered flag. Calado was unable to better his personal best and remained third. In the final stages of the session, Marcus Ericsson managed to move up to P4 ahead of Rossi. Nathanaël Berthon, Palmer Stéphane Richelmi, Sergio Canmasas (who will be dropped ten places following a grid penalty picked up in the Budapest Sprint Race) and Felipe Nasr completed the top ten.

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Spa-Francorchamps – Qualifying
1.Sam BirdRUSSIAN TIME1:56.9579
2.Fabio LeimerRacing Engineering1:57.1569
3.James CaladoART Grand Prix1:57.4049
4.Marcus EricssonDAMS1:57.5389
5.Alexander RossiEQ8 Caterham Racing1:57.57811
6.Nathanaël BerthonTrident Racing1:57.58810
7.Jolyon PalmerCarlin1:57.6919
8.Stéphane RichelmiDAMS1:57.80210
9.Sergio CanamasasEQ8 Caterham Racing1:57.80411
10.Felipe NasrCarlin1:57.83910
11.Robin FrijnsHilmer Motorsport1:57.88110
12.Julian LealRacing Engineering1:57.9249
13.Tom DillmannRUSSIAN TIME1:57.95010
14.Mitch EvansArden International1:58.27111
15.Simon TrummerRapax1:58.38411
16.Dani ClosMP Motorsport1:58.38511
17.Johnny CecottoArden International1:58.41910
18.Rio HaryantoBarwa Addax Team1:58.46310
19.Adrian Quaife-HobbsHilmer Motorsport1:58.5348
20.Stefano ColettiRapax1:58.61810
21.Daniel De JongMP Motorsport1:58.7899
22.Rene BinderVenezuela GP Lazarus1:58.80310
23.Vittorio GhirelliVenezuela GP Lazarus1:58.83110
24.Daniel AbtART Grand Prix1:59.02213
25.Jake RosenzweigBarwa Addax Team1:59.25310
26.Ricardo TeixeiraTrident Racing2:17.5283
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