Parente Bounces Back With Donington Pole
Alvaro Parente overcame handling problems from yesterday to take pole position for round 14 of the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship at Donington Park this afternoon.
The Portuguese racer powered to the top of the timesheets in the wet conditions, beating series leader Nelson Piquet Jr to take his second pole position of the season.
"The car feels really good but it was still a little bit tricky in the conditions," said Parente. "I went out and managed to put two really quick laps in and it was good enough to be pole," he added.
Clivio Piccione is looking to repeat his early season victory at Donington and posted the third quickest time in the wet. Estonian Marko Asmer carried his speed from yesterday to end the session in fourth place. The Hitech Racing driver had held pole for a short time and is less than a tenth of a second away from Parente's time.
Andrew Thompson was the top Briton on the gird, taking sixth place, just behind Lucas Di Grassi and ahead of title contender James Rossiter. Round one winner at Donington and pole position winner from yesterday Adam Carroll suffered a nightmare session, ending up in sixteenth place and last Championship Class runner.
"I just had no grip through the session," said Carroll. "We made some changes during the session but I just couldn't go any quicker."
Ryan Lewis returned to the front of the Scholarship Class grid, setting a time that put him clear of his rivals and into the Championship Class runners. Stephen Jelley took second place ahead of series returnee Ronayne O'Mahony.
"I didn't get my head together yesterday and went out determined to do better today," said Lewis. "The car felt really good and I'm really pleased to be in amongst some of the championship cars. If it stays wet hopefully I'll be able to stay with them in the race," he added.