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In Gp2, Grosjean powers to Istanbul pole

The first round of the series serves as opening for the Turkey GP.
Saturday, May 7, 2011

Romain Grosjean has picked up where he left off in the GP2 Asia Series by claiming the first pole position for this year's main Series, ahead of Sam Bird and Luca Filippi, this afternoon at the Istanbul Park circuit.

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Pole trio: Brid, Grosjean and Filippi.

The Frenchman's best lap of 1:34.398 was the target for the final 20 minutes of the session, and although Filippi went close and then Bird closer still to be within a tenth of pole, three red flag periods broke the session up sufficiently for Grosjean to hold on for the first points of the season.

Qualifying opened under dry but still cold conditions, with Fabio Leimer, Dani Clos, Grosjean and Jules Bianchi swapping best times, and Bird close but held up by traffic. Grosjean put himself on the top of the timesheets just prior to Davide Valsecchi stopping on the circuit and then rolling backwards, forcing a red flag stop for the field.

Bird and Filippi were among the first drivers back on track, and made good use of the space: the Italian ran just three tenths short of Grosjean's target with Bird splitting the pair just seconds later, but when Mikhail Aleshin hit the wall hard at the end of the back straight there was no option but to bring out the red flags once again.

When the track cleared the session got under way once more, but the cool temperatures meant there was little more to be gained and, when Michael Herck replayed Aleshin's incident in the final minute, the red re-emerged and the session was closed. Lining up on tomorrow's grid behind the top three are Bianchi, Clos, Luiz Razia, Charles Pic and Valsecchi: with rain now expected to hold off tomorrow, the opening round of the 2011 calendar promises fireworks.

POS. PILOTO EQUIPO TIEMPO DIF.
1 Romain Grosjean DAMS 1m34.398s
2 Sam Bird iSport 1m34.483s + 0.085s
3 Luca Filippi Super Nova 1m34.709s + 0.311s
4 Jules Bianchi ART 1m34.784s + 0.386s
5 Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1m34.797s + 0.399s
6 Luiz Razia AirAsia 1m34.888s + 0.490s
7 Charles Pic Addax 1m34.954s + 0.556s
8 Davide Valsecchi AirAsia 1m34.975s + 0.577s
9 Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1m34.981s + 0.583s
10 Josef Kral Arden 1m35.050s + 0.652s
11 Max Chilton Carlin 1m35.110s + 0.712s
12 Giedo van der Garde Addax 1m35.140s + 0.742s
13 Jolyon Palmer Arden 1m35.159s + 0.761s
14 Fabio Leimer Rapax 1m35.164s + 0.766s
15 Stefano Coletti Trident 1m35.182s + 0.784s
16 Johnny Cecotto Jr Ocean 1m35.360s + 0.962s
17 Davide Rigon Coloni 1m35.369s + 0.971s
18 Marcus Ericsson iSport 1m35.375s + 0.977s
19 Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova 1m35.428s + 1.030s
20 Michael Herck Coloni 1m35.545s + 1.147s
21 Pal Varhaug DAMS 1m35.681s + 1.283s
22 Kevin Mirocha Ocean 1m35.825s + 1.427s
23 Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1m35.873s + 1.475s
24 Esteban Gutierrez ART 1m35.973s + 1.575s
25 Julian Leal Rapax 1m36.168s + 1.770s
26 Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident 1m36.187s + 1.789s

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