Chilton takes GP2 pole before spin

Max Chilton will start the GP2 feature race at Monza from pole position despite ending the session in the gravel at the Parabolica.

Carlin driver Chilton was attempting to improve on his 1m31.886s pole position time in the closing moments. He was up on his previous best in sector one, but lost control in the middle of the Parabolica and spun into the gravel.

The yellow flags meant his rivals could not improve even if they had the speed.

Giedo van der Garde will start second for Caterham, having set the pace after the first runs. But Chilton bettered him by 0.067 seconds to take his second pole of the season.

Johnny Cecotto Jr took third for Addax, ahead of comeback kid Luca Filippi of Coloni. Saturday will be Filippi's first single-seater race for 12 months.

Of the title rivals, Davide Valsecchi scored a victory of sorts with fifth, as the man he is tied on points with, Luiz Razia, will start down in 12th.

James Calado, who is third in points, will start 13th, after crashing in practice in the morning, with fourth-placed Esteban Gutierrez qualifying ninth.

Spa winner Marcus Ericsson starts sixth, despite a trip into the gravel at the Lesmos, ahead of Fabios Leimer and Onidi.

Results (time/laps)

1. Max Chilton Carlin 1:31.886 13

2. Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 1:31.953 13

3. Johnny Cecotto Barwa Addax Team 1:32.151 6

4. Luca Filippi Scuderia Coloni 1:32.165 9

5. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 1:32.208 13

6. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:32.216 13

7. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:32.324 13

8. Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 1:32.388 13

9. Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 1:32.396 11

10. Felipe Nasr DAMS 1:32.462 8

11. Rio Haryanto Carlin 1:32.471 14

12. Luiz Razia Arden International 1:32.495 13

13. James Calado Lotus GP 1:32.622 13

14. Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 1:32.625 13

15. Jolyon Palmer iSport International 1:32.659 13

16. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:32.675 13

17. Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering 1:32.769 13

18. Sergio Canamasas Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:32.772 13

19 Simon Trummer Arden International 1:32.889 15

20. Victor Guerin Ocean Racing Technology 1:32.911 14

21. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:32.967 14

22. Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 1:32.969 13

23. Julian Leal Trident Racing 1:32.989 15

24. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:33.109 12

25. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Racing 1:33.511 14

26. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 1:33.719 17