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Jarvis takes pole position for Macau Grand Prix

Briton Oliver Jarvis grabbed pole position for the Polytec Formula Three Macau Grand Prix on Friday with a brilliant last-gasp effort in qualifying.

The TOM'S driver, who raced in the Japanese Formula Three championship this year, stepped up his performance just when it mattered to battle for the pole throughout the final qualifying session - which was red flagged three times because of crashes.

Jarvis first moved to the top of the timesheets after 20 minutes of qualifying and, later improving his time, looked to have had pole position sewn up. However, a late effort from Japanese rival Kodai Tsukakoshi put him on top and demoted Jarvis down to second.

It did not take long for Jarvis to respond, however, and seconds later he set his best effort of two minutes 11.696 seconds on his final lap of the session.

"It was a good session for me, but very tough," said a delighted Jarvis afterwards. "It was only on the last lap that I was able to put a quick lap together and get it on pole."

Provisional pole position man Marko Asmer found himself unable to beat Jarvis' time, having damaged his steering after hitting the wall halfway through, but was still able to secure second place on the grid.

Tsukakoshi held on to take third place, ahead of Sebastien Buemi, Edoardo Mortaro and Romain Grosjean.

The first red flag was brought out after 12 minutes when Renger van der Zande crashed into the barriers on the exit of Paiol and left debris scattered over the track.

With 12 minutes to go Brendon Hartley hit the barriers on the exit of Lisboa and was left stranded in a dangerous position, bringing out the second red flag. Then almost immediately after the restart Walter Grubmuller crashed into the barriers and caused the third stoppage of the afternoon.

-credit: macau.grandprix.gov.mo