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AUSF3: Phillip Island qualifying report

James Winslow dominated qualifying today and will start race one from pole position, tomorrow morning. James Winslow timed his run perfectly to score pole position for race one of tomorrow's sixth round of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula ...

James Winslow dominated qualifying today and will start race one from pole position, tomorrow morning.

James Winslow timed his run perfectly to score pole position for race one of tomorrow's sixth round of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship for the CAMS Gold Star.

In unprecedented circumstances, Qualifying two was cancelled after a downpour left too much standing water on and off the race track to safely allow the cars to run.

The race two grid will be based on an amalgamation of both current championship standings and the prior qualifying results for the drivers so far without championship points this season.

Full details will be released following a meeting of race officials later this evening.

Winslow timed his run to pole position perfectly this morning, however, banking the best lap of the session just moments before a shower passed over the Phillip Island circuit.

No other driver was able to improve their time which left the British driver some 1.3 seconds clear of the chasing pack as he scored his third pole position of the season.

"I've never been on pole by 1.3 seconds!" he enthused.

"I'm absolutely over the moon. The Opes Prime car has been fantastic and team BRM have done a really good job."

Leanne Tander was second after yet another see-sawing battle with Winslow, Tander having rotated the top spot with the Opes Prime driver numerous times during the session.

Tim Macrow was third and F3 returnee Bart Mawer fourth in the second of the Opes Prime / BRM entries, whilst Marco Mapelli and a disappointed Charlie Hollings completed the top six.

Macrow said he had the potential to be further up the order in the weather-interrupted session.

"I was on a faster lap, but in the conditions I came off and lost a bit of time," he said. "I'm pretty sure I could've been at least second, if not as quick as Winslow."

In his championship class debut Daniel Schulz finished a strong seventh, out qualifying more experienced rivals Mat Sofi and Ian Dyk.

Trophy class stalwart Graeme Holmes was king of the classes, topping all of the national class cars by finishing 11th outright.

National Class Champion Chris Barry topped the battle of the 2001-spec cars, leading Jesse Wakeman and John Boothman.

Charlie Hollings will start two from pole as the current championship leader, noting his ease at gaining the top spot.

"That was certainly the easiest pole position I've ever won," the Astuti Motorsport driver grinned this afternoon.

Tomorrow will see two, 14-lap races contested for the sixth round of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship.

Charlie Hollings leads the championship for the CAMS Gold Star and will this weekend compete in a field thick with talent.

-credit: www.formula3.com.au

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Series F3
Drivers Marco Mapelli , Ian Dyk , James Winslow , John Booth , Tim Macrow , Leanne Tander , Jesse Wakeman , Graeme Holmes , Charlie Hollings , Phillip Island