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Saavedra tops shock qualifying for Indy GP

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Saturday 10th May, 2014 - 6:38am

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Sebastian Saavedra

Sebastian Saavedra

The revised Indianapolis road course has served up an upset front row after unheralded Sebastian Saavedra claimed the fastest time in qualifying for the Indy GP.

Facing only his 42nd IndyCar Series start, Saavedra (KV Technology) took the top spot from Jack Hawksworth (Herta).

Ryan Hunter-Reay had sat on provisional pole but spun his Andretti Autosports Honda and crashed into the wall on the wet track.

Hunter-Reay’s accident on the 14th and final turn on the Indy road course saw him stripped of his two fastest times for bringing out the red flag.

Instead the former series champion will have to start from third position where he shares the second row with Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt).

Points leader Will Power still start from the third row alongside Scott Dixon.

Colombian Saavedra was ecstatic in claiming his maiden pole, voicing his distinct liking for wet conditions.

“I love the rain,” Saavedra said.

“It was crazy at first because we didn’t know what to expect from the track.

“We made a huge leap this morning and then the whole session was just weird.

“It started to rain and went from wet, to dry, to super dry, to super wet. I loved it.”

The red flag caught out a number of drivers who were saving their fresh tyres until the latter stages including Power.

Four-time Champ Car series winner Sebastien Bourdais will start from seventh ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya, Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves filling the top 10.

Aussie Ryan Briscoe, who featured in the second group of qualifying, will start from 16th.

VIDEO: Qualifying highlights

See below qualifying results

 1

Sebastian Saavedra

KV/Chevy

1:23.8822

 2

Jack Hawksworth

Herta/Honda

1:24.0788

+0.1966

 3

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti/Honda

1:24.8882

+1.0060

 4

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt/Honda

1:25.2881

+1.4059

 5

Will Power

Penske/Chevy

1:25.5216

+1.6394

 6

Scott Dixon

Ganassi/Chevy

1:25.6548

+1.7726

 7

Sebastien Bourdais

KV/Chevy

1:24.5187

Round 2

 8

Juan Pablo Montoya

Penske/Chevyx

1:24.5187

Round 2

 9

Tony Kanaan

Ganassi/Chevy

1:24.7099

Round 2

10

Helio Castroneves

Penske/Chevy

1:24.8839

Round 2

11

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti/Honda

1:25.1318

Round 2

12

Graham Rahal

Rahal/Honda

1:25.4748

Round 2

13

Marco Andretti

Andretti/Honda

1:10.2488

Group 1

14

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt/Honda

1:10.0226

Group 2

15

Josef Newgarden

Fisher/Honda

1:10.3601

Group 1

16

Ryan Briscoe

Ganassi/Chevy

1:10.2261

Group 2

17

Carlos Huertas

Coyne/Honda

1:10.4264

Group 1

18

Takuma Sato

Foyt/Honda

1:10.2804

Group 2

19

Carlos Munoz

Andretti/Honda

1:10.5097

Group 1

20

Justin Wilson

Coyne/Honda

1:10.4141

Group 2

21

Franck Montagny

Andretti/Honda

1:10.5571

Group 1

22

Martin Plowman

Foyt/Honda

1:10.4591

Group 2

23

Charlie Kimball

Ganassi/Chevy

1:10.6413

Group 1

24

Oriol Servia

Rahal/Honda

1:10.5996

Group 2

25

Mike Conway

Carpenter/Chevy

1:10.6535

Group 2

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