Lucas Di Grassi qualified on pole position after a frantic exchange of fastest laps in the closing minutes of a highly competitive session. Adam Carroll was fastest at the halfway point when a red flag interrupted the session but Di Grassi put in...
Lucas Di Grassi qualified on pole position after a frantic exchange of fastest laps in the closing minutes of a highly competitive session. Adam Carroll was fastest at the halfway point when a red flag interrupted the session but Di Grassi put in a blistering final lap to steal pole from Nelson Piquet who had in turn just taken the fastest time from Carroll.
P1 Motorsport driver Carroll set the early pace and midway through the session he was fastest ahead of Ernesto Viso, Nelson Piquet and Alvaro Parente with the four drivers covered by just four hundredths of a second. James Rossiter gradually closed in on Carroll and eventually improved his fastest time to within just two hundredths of a second of the session leader.
Rossiter was improving with each lap and looked set to move in to provisional pole position but unfortunately Andrew Thompson coasted to a halt at Coram Curve, a flat-out right-hand corner, as he was unable to select a gear and the red flag was deployed so that the stricken car could be removed from the track.
At the restart Piquet started chipping away at Carroll's time with Di Grassi lapping a couple of tenths of a second slower. Cars started to run wide in as the drivers pushed harder and Clivio Piccione was lucky to continue after spinning through 360 degrees at high-speed in front of Hitech Racing pair Marko Asmer and James Walker.
Piquet significantly improved on his final lap of the session to go fastest with a 1m 01.654s lap and demote Carroll down to second place, but just seconds later Di Grassi also improved notably on his best time to edge Piquet down to second by under four hundredths of a second, with Carroll ultimately finishing the session in third place.