Danilo Dirani dominated qualifying for round one of the British Formula 3 International Series at Donington Park to put the only Championship class Lola chassis on pole position around the National circuit. The P1 Motorsport driver bounced back from lost time in testing to control the first session of the day.
Dirani went fastest early on and then soon lowered the benchmark to 1:02.784s. He then watched the final few minutes from the pitwall as second-placed Mark Asmer tried hard to improve. Over the latter half of his 26-lap stint Asmer etched away at the leading time and on his final lap set a time just one-hundredth of a second slower.
Mike Conway qualified in third place 0.22 seconds behind Dirani after a hectic session. The British driver completed 24 laps and made two pitstops but was unable to improve on his time that was set mid-way through the session. Daniel Clark lines up alongside him on the grid after improving from seventh to fourth on his final lap.
Charlie Kimball was expected to qualify highly after recent strong performances in testing but unfortunately spun off on only his second flying lap and lines up twenty-third on the grid. He was among the fastest drivers at the time but the track was at its slowest at the start of the session and the circuit was covered in mist.
Josh Fisher led the National Class and qualified twelfth overall after a close battle with rival Barton Mawer. Both drivers set almost identical times throughout the session and eventually qualified under a tenth of a second apart. The top seven National Class drivers were covered by less than half a second.