GP2: Pierre Gasly claims first pole position at Monza

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DAMS’ driver Pierre Gasly scored his maiden pole position in the GP2 Series during Friday’s qualifying session at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

Gasly moved into GP2 at the beginning of 2015 following a successful year in Formula Renault 3.5 that saw him finish second to Carlos Sainz Jr. in the championship.

The Frenchman’s form so far this season in GP2 has been patchy, balancing seven non-scores with seven finishes in the points that include three podiums.

Now, Gasly will be in the running for his first win in the series after he stormed to pole position at Monza on Friday afternoon, edging out Russian Time driver Mitch Evans.

Gasly’s lap of 1:31.272 was enough to beat Evans by less than two-tenths of a second in the final classification as a late late saw Gasly usurp the long-time leader for pole.

The result marks Gasly’s first pole position since the Formula Renault 3.5 race at Paul Ricard almost one year ago, and will now be looking to convert it into his first win of the season.

Championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne’s hopes of claiming a record-breaking fifth pole position of the season remain on hold after he could only qualify third on Friday, finishing two-tenths of a second behind Gasly.

The Belgian will be joined on the second row of the grid by Gasly’s teammate, Alex Lynn, whilst Sergey Sirotkin and Rio Haryanto qualified fifth and sixth respectively.

American driver Alexander Rossi struggled to match the front-runners during qualifying at Monza, leaving him tenth on the grid for the start of tomorrow’s race.

In his first GP2 qualifying session, Jann Mardenborough ran well to finish P19 overall, whilst fellow debutants Patric Niederhauser and Meindert van Buuren finished 24th and 25th respectively.