Back to back champions took Q1 at GP3Fon 15 décembre 2012 at 17 h 53 min
Round 1 of qualification has just given some first answers, and our back to back champions proved to be right taking the 1st spots of this round.
In stock class, it was a really close battle between Joe Streff and Steffen Leinburger. Steffen quickly opened a gap of 2 seconds during the first minutes of the run but Joe Streff answered improving his pace to finish 0.2s in front of Steffen. Joe was quite happy with his run saying that at the beginning he followed the rhythm of Manuel Wagner in front of him, and then, he was able to pass him and close the gap over Stephen on the end of the run. Keeping his car with the same setup since last practice, he managed to get all from his package for a very good run.
Steffen was quite happy with the pace of his car on the opening laps and said his gearing was a bit too long and he suffered from a drop of power on the last couple of laps. He plans to have a more conservative gearing on next run to get more consistant lap times.
Finishing third of the round, Manuel Wagner said that his car was quite good but he needs to improve his driving a bit and he should be close to the front. Enjoying the track layout, he is not planning any setup change for next round.
In modified class, it was not a big surprise to see Ronald Völker topping the time sheets. Describing his car as easy to drive, he just concentrate on having a clean run without mistake and it paid off. He don’t really know what to change on the car but he will make some adjustments to try to find more steering.
2nd of this 1st round was Lucas Urbain. The local hero said that a safe run allowed him to get a good result. Keeping the same setup as for the last practice run, he said as planned, new tyres give him an easier car to drive with more traction. Finishing 3rd of the 1st round of qualification, Marc Fisher said his pace was ok but not fast enough to match Ronald. He suffered from understeering after a C-hub screw came loose and made him lose some time in the second part of the run.