Brabham pipped to Long Beach Indy Lights pole

Matthew Brabham will start from third on the grid

Matthew Brabham will start from third on the grid

Matthew Brabham will start his second Indy Lights race from third position after narrowly missing out on pole position at the famous Long Beach street course.

The 20-year-old son of Geoff, the eldest of Sir Jack Brabham’s sons, made the most of the dying minutes of the session to elevate himself to third, just six hundredths of a second adrift of  pole man Zach Veach.

Frenchman Alex Baron held provisional pole for the majority of the session before he pitted with 30 seconds remaining believing he had done enough.

However, as chequered flag flew Andretti Autosport’s Veach came through to snatch pole with a 1.15.0074s. He was followed by Gabby Chaves and Brabham with the trio separated by just 0.0618s.

Baron will start from fourth just ahead of ex-GP2 racer Luiz Razia and former British F3 champion Jack Harvey.

Indy Lights Qualifying Results – Long Beach

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Zach Veach Andretti 1m15.0074s
2 Gabby Chaves Belardi 1m15.0349s +0.0275s
3 Matthew Brabham Andretti 1m15.0692s +0.0618s
4 Alex Baron Belardi 1m15.0863s +0.0789s
5 Luiz Razia Schmidt 1m15.7513s +0.7439s
6 Jack Harvey Schmidt 1m15.9463s +0.9389s
7 Scott Anderson Fan Force 1m15.9819s +0.9745s
8 Juan Piedrahita Schmidt 1m16.2681s +1.2607s
9 Juan Pablo Garcia Schmidt 1m16.3914s +1.3840s
10 Vittorio Ghirelli Moore 1m16.4741s +1.4667s
11 Zack Meyer Moore 1m16.4882s +1.4808s
12 Lloyd Read Herta 1m17.2629s +2.2555s

 

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