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Clos snatches Monaco pole

Dani Clos takes his maiden GP2 Series pole position around the streets of Monaco, ahead of Sergio Perez, Pastor Maldonado and Alberto Valerio.
Dani Clos will start from a GP2 Series pole position for the first time after coming out on top in a fierce exchange with Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado at a damp Monaco.

The qualifying session started out wet, but while the circuit would never completely dry, the latter laps were always likely to be those that decided grid positions.

Up to that point, Clos, Perez and Maldonado had swapped the top spot continuously, but pole position would always be decided by who was the quicker driver on the final lap.

As it happens, Maldonado had just taken provisional pole position when he slid off at Ste Devote. With Clos and Perez ahead of him, they were able to complete one more flying lap, the Spaniard getting the nod over the Mexican by a mere 0.033secs.

Furthermore, Maldonado's accident brought out the yellow flags, all but ruining the laps of those directly behind. As such, the Venezuelan clung onto third position, albeit nearly a second adrift of the eventual pole-winning time.

Alberto Valerio will start fourth for Coloni following one of his best qualifying performances yet in GP2, while Barcelona sprint race winner Fabio Leimer is well placed to score more good points as he starts as the highest rookie in fifth position.

Jules Bianchi starts sixth in the top ART entry, ahead of Jerome d'Ambrosio, Christian Vietoris, Luiz Razia and Sam Bird, the quartet all making up a position when Davide Valsecchi, who was originally classified seventh, was given a five-place grid penalty for colliding with Maldonado's stricken car at the end of the session.

Beyond Leimer, the qualifying session was more difficult for some of the Barcelona front runners, with feature race winner Charles Pic down in 18th, Giacomo Ricci 17th and Oliver Turvey 24th and last after damaging his iSport machine.


Tagged as: Monaco , Perez , Clos , Maldonado

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