At Snetterton this morning Adriano Buzaid (Carlin) took advantage of the seemingly superior pace of his Dallara to snatch pole for two of this weekend's three races, heading home newly-crowned series champion Jean-Eric Vergne (Carlin) who will...
At Snetterton this morning Adriano Buzaid (Carlin) took advantage of the seemingly superior pace of his Dallara to snatch pole for two of this weekend's three races, heading home newly-crowned series champion Jean-Eric Vergne (Carlin) who will start both races from 2nd and James Calado (Carlin), the latter still in contention for the runner up slot this year as he battles to hold off Oli Webb (Fortec Motorsport) for the position with six races still to run.
Behind the Carlin trio could be found the R?ikk?nen Robertson Racing team almost en masse, with birthday boy Felipe Nasr heading home his more experienced team-mates in the shape of Daisuke Nakajima and Carlos Huertas, the two of them separated only by Webb. Suddenly, when it's too late, the Double R team seems to be finding its form again, but it really is too little too late to stop the Carlin steam-roller from having done its job for the third year in a row. In 7th was Gabriel Dias (Hitech Racing) with another Carlin runner, Jazeman Jaafar in 8th. The top ten was rounded out by Daniel McKenzie (Fortec Motorsport).
In 11th was Hywel Lloyd (C F Racing with Manor Motorsport), the Welshman's slow but steady progress this season seemingly continuing in the absence of the Manor part of the equation as most of them are in Belgium with the GP3s today. In 12th at the end of the session was William Buller (Hitech Racing), while Rupert Svendsen-Cook (Carlin), one of two local boys, was an uncharacteristically distant in 13th. If it was any consolation to him - and it probably wasn't - the other local, Alex Brundle would line up alongside him on the 7th row in his T-Sport run car.
It might also have made "Roop" feel marginally better to know that the last of the Carlin cars, in the hands of Lucas Foresti, was marooned in 15th after having been far closer to the front last time out at Silverstone. National Class pole went, as it so often has this year, to Menasheh Idafar (T-Sport) in 16th, faster as usual than Adderley Fong (Sino Vision Racing), and Max Snegirev (Fortec Motorsport), who separated him from National Class series leader James Cole (T-Sport). Local team Litespeed F3 could only manage to snatch 20th for Jay Bridger, and 21st was Juan Carlos Sistos in the last of the three National Class cars, this one run by Team West-Tec.
Weather: Dry, overcast.