Nicky Catsburg, Norbert Michelisz, Ma Qing Hua and Daniel Haglöf took the top four positions in Qualifying 2, perfectly matching their results in Qualifying 1. Therefore the front two rows of the grids for Sunday’s Races 1 and 3 will be equal. As for Race 2, Rob Huff and Néstor Girolami will share the front row of the top-ten reverse grid.
The session began on a damp track that dried up quickly. As a consequence, lap times became faster and faster towards the end of the 20-minute Q1. Eventually Catsburg posted the fastest lap of 2:11.877, followed by Haglöf, (2:12.059), Esteban Guerrieri (2:12.311), Benjamin Leuchter (2:12.399), Aurélien Panis (2:12.515), Girolami (2:12.521), Kevin Ceccon (2:12.737), Michelisz (2:12.763), Ma (2:12.901), Huff (2:13.062), Thed Björk (2:13.082) and Niels Langeveld (2:13.138). The first of the drivers who were eliminated was Mikel Azcona, 35 thousandths of a second behind Langeveld, while amongst those who did not make the cut for Q2 were Gabriele Tarquini and Jean-Karl Vernay.
Catsburg topped Q2 as well with al lap of 2:10.441, from Guerrieri (2:10.569), Ma (2:10.610), Haglöf (2:10.654) and Michelisz (2:10.699): Ceccon was sixth ahead of Langeveld, Panis, Girolami and Huff.
In Q3, Michelisz was the first one to hit the track and posted an excellent time of 2:09.746 that only Catsburg was able to beat with a lap of 2:09.639. Ma and Haglöf encored their third and fourth places from the previous Qualifying, while Guerrieri had to settle in fifth.
Race 1 will start at Sunday at 10:45 local time.
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