Piquet beats Rossiter to first Silverstone pole Nelson Piquet Junior claimed his second Avon Tyres British Formula 3 pole of the season, in qualifying for round 17 of the Championship, at Silverstone. James Rossiter was second fastest,...
Piquet beats Rossiter to first Silverstone pole
Nelson Piquet Junior claimed his second Avon Tyres British Formula 3 pole of the season, in qualifying for round 17 of the Championship, at Silverstone. James Rossiter was second fastest, two-tenths down on Piquet's time, while Adam Carroll will line up in third place on the grid for Sunday's first race.
The battle for pole was decided early in the 30-minute session, with Australian Will Power taking the early lead before the three drivers heading the championship went faster. Piquet was the first to do so, only for Carroll to immediately go five-thousandths quicker. Piquet was to improve though and, with a lap of 1m42.561s, he claimed pole before the session had even reached the half way point. He then returned to the pits to sit out the rest of the session, nervously waiting to see if anyone could match his time.
"The car was good, I think I could have been a bit faster, but it was enough to be pole," said the Brazilian. "It was a bit tense because I had to stay in the pits for 20 minutes, watching people do fastest first sectors and then make mistakes, but it was okay."
The long Silverstone Grand Prix circuit meant that each driver only had a few optimum laps in which to set the best time, after which they returned to the pits to conserve their tyres.
After a late start, Rossiter went out and took second from Carroll as the P1 Motorsport driver sat in the pits, pushing Power down to fourth, ahead of Danny Watts, who claimed another top five grid slot for Lola-Dome, with Carlin Motorsport's Alvaro Parente qualifying sixth.
After mixing with the Championship Class runners at the very start of the session, Ryan Lewis was beaten to Scholarship Class pole by Stephen Jelley by just 0.076 seconds. Jelley's Performance Racing team-mate, Ronayne O'Mahony, was the next Scholarship runner, ahead of newcomer James Winslow. Vasilije Calasan was fifth in class while, after a debut at Silverstone earlier in the year, Lars Sexton returned to the series and rounded out the grid.