EU: Series Silverstone qualifying report

Buller and Christensen Take A Pole Each. Silverstone, 19 May. It was a good start to his home race weekend for William Buller (Fortec Motorsport) as he will start the first race of the Formula BMW Europe weekend from pole after setting the...

Buller and Christensen Take A Pole Each.

Silverstone, 19 May. It was a good start to his home race weekend for William Buller (Fortec Motorsport) as he will start the first race of the Formula BMW Europe weekend from pole after setting the fastest time in today's qualifying. Alongside him on the front row wil be fellow Brit Kazeem Manzur (Josef Kaufmann Racing), with third going to Denmark's Michael Christensen (Mucke Motorsport) who will start from pole for race two.

It was not a good end to the session for championship leader Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational) who set times fast enough to be on pole for both races. In post qualifying scrutineering his car was found to have no reverse gear and so he lost all his times and will have to start from the back of the grid for both races.

It was a blustery day at the Northamptonshire track with the temperature just 16 degrees Celcius, but it was not the weather that meant Robin Frijns (Josef Kaufmann Racing) wasn't able to repeat his Zandvoort success and take pole. Unfortunately for the Dutch driver he had problems later on in the session and, while he was still the fastest Rookie, he finished fifth overall while top local Rookie, Jack Harvey (Fortec Motorsport), was just four hundredths of a second behind him in sixth and just ahead of another Brit, Rupert Svensden- Cook (Raikkonen Robertson Racing).

Pole - Round 5: William Buller (GB/Fortec Motorsport): "The last few races have been really bad for me as we struggled and luck was not on our side. However, we have worked really hard and kept our heads up and it has paid off this weekend. Last weekend in Zandvoort we were on the pace but got caught out by a red flag, so it just wasn't my weekend. We had a few car problems, but we have solved them and I am much happier."

Second on the grid Round 5: Kazeem Manzur (GB/Josef Kaufmann Racing): "It is great being second in my home race. This year I am doing well here, but last year I struggled a bit. I am happy to be back on form here. Third is a good place to start and hopefully if I get a good one I can gain a position and just see how the race goes from there."

Fourth on the grid Round 5 and top Rookie: Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing): "After I put new tyres on I was stuck in traffic. Then on my quick lap I had Daniel Juncadella in front of me, but it was okay as it was half the straight, but then he went off on the grass and this slowed me down a lot. It was just bad luck."

-credit: fbmw eu

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Michael Christensen , Kazeem Manzur , Daniel Juncadella , Jack Harvey , Robin Frijns , Felipe Nasr
Teams Mücke Motorsport