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Donington Park: Round 13 qualifying summary

Carroll Clinches Donington Pole Adam Carroll will start round eleven of the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship from pole position at Donington Park tomorrow afternoon. The Briton over-shadowed title rivals Nelson Piquet Jr and James...

Carroll Clinches Donington Pole

Adam Carroll will start round eleven of the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship from pole position at Donington Park tomorrow afternoon. The Briton over-shadowed title rivals Nelson Piquet Jr and James Rossiter, who ended the opening session in ninth and twelfth places respectively.

The P1 Motorsport driver beat Brazilian rival Lucas Di Grassi by just over a tenth of a second to take the top spot. Di Grassi had been setting the pace in the early part of the session. However, Carroll took the time just as the Brazilian ended his run in the gravel at McLeans corner, bringing out the red flags.

A tight timetable meant that the remaining four minutes of the session were cancelled, leaving the grid set for tomorrow's first of two races.

"I started the session with new brake discs and pads so I had to build up my speed," said Carroll. It's the first time I've been on the Grand Prix circuit here in the dry since 2002 and I got caught out with traffic in the first half of the session. There is a lot of grip on the track and once the field got going it was a case of stringing it together," he added.

Estonian Marko Asmer had traded times with Di Grassi throughout the session. However, he was unable to break onto the front row and had to settle for third place, just ahead of Danilo Dirani.

Australian Will Power put in a quick lap in the middle of the session to take pole position. But, he was also unable to keep up the pace at the front of the grid and ended up in fifth place.

The Lola-Dome of Danny Watts got off to a slow start after its first British championship victory last weekend. Watts stayed at the bottom end of the timesheets for most of the session, before working his way into sixth place before the red flags came out.

Series leader Piquet started the session well but then dropped down the order and was almost a full second away from Carroll's time. Previous round winner Alvaro Parente struggled to get to grips with the Grand Prix circuit. He finished down in fourteenth place, just ahead of the Scholarship Class cars, a lack of grip the main reason for his performance.

Stephen Jelley snatched the Scholarship Class pole position away from Ryan Lewis. Jelley ended the session almost three-tenths of a second faster than the series leader, but was mystified as to how he had managed it.

"It didn't feel like a quick lap," explained Jelley. "It didn't feel like I was pushing very hard or that I was near the limit. But, I obviously was as I beat Ryan's earlier time. There is definitely more to come in the second session tomorrow," he added.

Lewis took second place ahead of Frenchman Vasilije Calasan and series returnee Ronanye O'Mahony.

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Series BF3
Drivers Marko Asmer , Nelson Piquet , Vasilije Calasan , Adam Carroll , James Rossiter , Alvaro Parente , Will Power , Danilo Dirani , Ryan Lewis , Danny Watts , Stephen Jelley