By Mark Gledhill

Jamie Spence made a dream return to the British Formula Three Championship by qualifying on pole position for the opening race of the season at Silverstone. The Englishman, driving for new team Duma Racing, finished 0.4 seconds faster than former Formula Ford driver James Courtney. Formula Three regular Takuma Sato was third. The track was damp at the start of the session but soon dried up and after about 10 laps the drivers set their fastest times of the session. Spence made the most of the changeable conditions as several drivers went for a single all-or-nothing lap towards the end.

Matt Davies took pole position for the second race, as he and Gianmaria Bruni were the only drivers to go under 1m 16s in much drier conditions. Derek Heyes, driving for Manor Motorsport, was third and Takuma Sato fourth. Davies was consistantly fast throughout the session apart from a brief challenge by former team-mate Andy Priaulx. James Courtney lines up fifth, ahead of Prost Junior driver Nicholas Kiesa.

Both races will take place on the Silverstone International Circuit on Sunday 1st April, with race one at 11.30 BST and race two at 15.30 BST.