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Knockhill: Qualifying one summary

Viso takes pole for race one in Scotland Ernesto Viso took pole position for round seven of the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship at Knockhill in Scotland this morning (May 15). The Venezuelan set a time of 47.412s in a red ...

Viso takes pole for race one in Scotland

Ernesto Viso took pole position for round seven of the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship at Knockhill in Scotland this morning (May 15). The Venezuelan set a time of 47.412s in a red flag-disrupted opening session. Ryan Lewis once again took pole position in the Scholarship Class.

Australian Will Power was unable to match his pre-event testing times and had to settle for second place, just three-hundredths of a second behind Viso. Power was unhappy as he was tagged by Vasilije Calasan and had intermittent engine problems, but still took his best qualifying position.

"I am very happy, everything was good with the car," said Viso. "It is just like driving on the roads back home around here! To be quick you have to take risks here and I just had to risk it," he added.

Briton James Rossiter will line up third on a grid where the top 16 are separated by less than a second. Lucas Di Grassi took fourth place, just eight-thousands of a second ahead of Clivio Piccione. Round one winner Adam Carroll rounds out the top six.

Previous double race-winner Danilo Dirani struggled to match get onto terms with the front-running pace, ending the session in tenth place. Indian driver Karun Chandhok topped the times in the early part of the session. However, a spin into the gravel at the chicane ended his hopes of a front row start.

Nelson Piquet Jr continued to suffer poor form, ending the session in 13th place.

Ryan Lewis bounced back from his third place at Croft to take the first scholarship class pole position at Knockhill. The series leader was disappointed that he was not mixing it with more of the Championship Class drivers though.

"I really wanted to be mixing it and getting in front of some of the championship boys here," he said. "It's the best chance we have of doing that, but some of them made life difficult during that session. I'll try again later and see if we can move further up the grid," he added.

Barton Mawer pushed Lewis hard for most of the 30 minutes but had to settle for second with Stephen Jelley third.

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Series BF3
Drivers Nelson Piquet , Vasilije Calasan , Adam Carroll , Clivio Piccione , Karun Chandhok , James Rossiter , Will Power , Barton Mawer , Danilo Dirani , Ryan Lewis , Ernesto Viso , Stephen Jelley