Calado on pole at Valencia

James Calado's brilliant début season in GP2 Series continued with pole at the Valencia Street Circuit, just pipping Felipe Nasr to the top spot by 7 thousandths of a second.

Early on the session was called to a halt when Giancarlo Serenelli spun and stopped in the middle of the track, forcing red flags to be shown until his car could be removed.  When the session began again, series leader Davide Valsecchi went fastest, before seeing his time bettered by Esteban Gutiérrez and Nasr, before Calado claimed pole with his fastest laps.

In his first ever GP2 Series qualifying session, Daniël de Jong, who is replacing an ill Ricardo Teixeira this weekend, had a torrid time, qualifying 25th.

Post-session penalties were handed to Gutiérrez, Valsecchi, Johnny Cecotto, Jr. and Simon Trummer as punishment for their impeding other drivers.  Gutiérrez, Valsecchi and Cecotto, Jr. were handed 3-place grid penalties, while Trummer was handed a 2-place grid penalty.
As he did not set a time, Serenelli will not be on the grid for the feature race.
EDIT: Actually, Serenelli will start, from 26th.

Grid for Valencia Feature Race

1. James Calado 1:47.342
2. Felipe Nasr 1:47.349
3. Giedo van der Garde 1:47.543
4. Max Chilton 1:47.674
5. Esteban Gutiérrez1 1:47.444
6. Davide Valsecchi1 1:47.458
7. Fabio Leimer 1:47.779
8. Jolyon Palmer 1:47.801
9. Marcus Ericsson 1:47.972
10. Rio Haryanto 1:47.996
11. Luiz Razia 1:48.155
12. Tom Dillmann 1:48.176
13. Stefano Coletti 1:48.222
14. Stéphane Richelmi 1:48.288
15. Nathanaël Berthon 1:48.518
16. Fabio Onidi 1:48.578
17. Johnny Cecotto, Jr.1 1:48.390
18. Simon Trummer2 1:48.565
19. Josef Král 1:48.626
20. Julián Leal 1:48.641
21. Fabrizio Crestani 1:48.846
22. Rodolfo González 1:48.936
23. Nigel Melker 1:49.021
24. Víctor Guerin 1:49.335
25. Daniël de Jong 1:49.900
26. Giancarlo Serenelli
1 Esteban Gutiérrez, Davide Valsecchi and Johnny Cecotto, Jr. handed 3-place grid penalties for impeding other cars.
2 Simon Trummer handed a 2-place grid penalty for impeding other cars.

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