Asmer takes provisional pole position for Macau Grand Prix Hitech Racing's Marko Asmer secured provisional pole position for the Polytec Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix on Thursday when he led the way after an incident-filled first...
Asmer takes provisional pole position for Macau Grand Prix
Hitech Racing's Marko Asmer secured provisional pole position for the Polytec Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix on Thursday when he led the way after an incident-filled first qualifying session.
The Estonian, who is competing in the Macau Grand Prix for the second time, put in his best lap with 10 minutes of the session remaining - and right before two red flags left his rivals unable to respond to his performance.
The first red flag was brought out by Signature Plus' Charlie Kimball, who crashed heavily at Fishermen's Bend. The American climbed out of the car unaided and was unhurt in the incident.
Then just a few minutes after the session had restarted, Japanese Formula 3 Champion Adrian Sutil brought qualifying to a halt when he also shunted at Fishermen's Bend. Although he remained in the car for several minutes after the accident, he eventually climbed out without injury. With only two minutes of the session remaining it was decided to abandon qualifying.
That decision left the morning's free practice pace setter Kohei Hirate with the second fastest time. "The red flags meant I could not respond to Marko's time, but I am sure there is plenty more to come from me tomorrow, so we should go quicker," he said.
Romain Grosjean was third fastest overall, ahead of Kamui Kobayashi and Fabio Carbone. British Formula Three champion Mike Conway was sixth fastest, with Richard Antinucci seventh and Roberto Streit eighth. Kimball still managed to take ninth place on the timesheets despite his accident.
Formula 3 Euroseries champion Paul di Resta was pretty happy with his tenth place after damaging his front right tyre when he ran over debris at the hairpin and locked up. "I can't really complain," said the Scotsman. "Of course I would like to be right at the top but considering the number of laps I have done, I am pretty satisfied."