Grubmuller on pole for second Oulton Park race

The second session of the day would be run with only 18 cars after Victor Correa (Litespeed F3) wiped himself out of contention after what initially looked to be a minor accident in the first session of the day. Carlos Huertas (Raikkonen Robertson...

The second session of the day would be run with only 18 cars after Victor Correa (Litespeed F3) wiped himself out of contention after what initially looked to be a minor accident in the first session of the day. Carlos Huertas (Raikkonen Robertson Racing) was the first to show pace this time, with Adriano Buzaid (T-Sport) in second. They were moved around when Riki Christodoulou (Fortec Motorsport) hit the front, but it was early days yet. Hywel Lloyd (C F Racing) was making up for lost time and enjoying himself far more than he had in the morning session, which was probably why he was now 2nd although Walter Grubmuller (Hitech Racing) promptly edged him and Christodoulou out. Meanwhile, Daniel McKenzie (Fortec Motorsport) was leading the National Class and was up to fifth overall.

At the very front Lloyd was soon back to second, which suggested we hadn't seen the best of him yet. Meanwhile one of the other front-runners, Daniel Ricciardo (Carlin Motorsport) was the one who was late to the party, finally emerging as the session was almost a third of the way through. His team-mates Henry Arundel and Oliver Oakes improved their positions to go 4th and 5th behind Chilton, while McKenzie was still leading the National Class but the others were now beginning to catch him up. However, the main interest was in the International Class, where Jay Bridger (West-Tec) was now 7th, while the Carlin struggle was again well underway with Chilton being replaced by Arundel for 3rd. A further reshuffle saw Grubmuller move ahead of everyone, while Lloyd was 2nd from Arundel, Chilton, Christodoulou, Bridger, Oakes and Victor Garcia (Fortec Racing), while Gabriel Dias (T-Sport) was leading the National Class ahead of International Class team-mate Buzaid.

With the times still dropping dramatically, Arundel edged up to 2nd, while everyone was wondering what had happened to Nick Tandy (JTR). Once again he didn't go out at the start of the session, and he was in fact still in civvies as everyone else was ready to go. It seemed a risky strategy. Meanwhile Grubmuller upped the pace but Ricciardo was able to match him, moving from 8th to 2nd. Also joining in was Daisuke Nakajima (Raikkonen Robertson Racing) who went 6th on his first real flying lap.

In comparison to the morning session this was a much calmer session, but it didn't look it in the middle stages. Chilton moved back into 4th place, while Nakajima hit 3rd with a very good effort and towed Huertas with him, thus pushing Chilton back down. Max promptly hit back and pushed both of the Double R drivers down. The screens then went mad showing Buzaid on pole by some impossible margin, but TSL soon sorted that out, and normal service was restored. Meanwhile Huertas improved to claim 4th and Tandy started to move up the order, initially in 10th.

To prove how hard they were trying some of the drivers were wobbling about on the kerbs and looking more than slightly wild, including Wayne Boyd (T-Sport), the youngster having a seriously wild moment. Looking smooth in comparison was Tandy, who was now up to 6th and although he'd left it a bit late, it wasn't beyond the bounds of possibility that he'd get himself up the order before the session was done. The National Class was once again a straight fight between Dias, who was still leading, and McKenzie, who wanted to. It was simplified when Max Snegirev, the Russian, pulled off the track at Shell, but he'd hardly looked like a threat to the other two anyway.

And now it was Ricciardo who was all over the kerbs, as he tried to get ahead of Grubmuller, and while it didn't help him, it didn't seem to be hindering him any either. Christodoulou, meanwhile, moved up to 4th, but apart from that there was little in the way of changes going on. Just behind him, Huertas edged out Nakajima for 5th, although immediately afterwards the Colombian went grass-tracking - though to be fair he recovered remarkably well.

Christodoulou was the next improver, claiming 3rd, while Tandy grabbed 5th after a long dry spell with no improvements from anyone. A little later and he was 4th, but the session was now in its final throes and there wasn't much left in the way of opportunities to improve. Despite that Chilton was pushing hard too but it simply didn't help. The final improvement came as Buzaid leaped to 11th. And that was it.

Grubmuller would start Round 2 from pole, ahead of Ricciardo, Christodoulou, Tandy, Chilton, Huertas, Nakajima, Arundel, Lloyd and Oakes. Buzaid was 11th from Garcia, Bridger, Boyd, National Class pole man Dias, McKenzie, Richelmi and Snegirev. Correa failed to set a time but will likely start from the back of the grid, officials permitting.

Weather: Fine, sunny.

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Series BF3
Drivers Walter Grubmuller , Henry Arundel , Daniel Ricciardo , Carlos Huertas , Jay Bridger , Nick Tandy , Oliver Oakes , Gabriel Dias , Victor Correa , Adriano Buzaid , Daisuke Nakajima , Max Snegirev , Riki Christodoulou , Hywel Lloyd
Teams Carlin