Rossiter snatches pole for race two at Knockhill James Rossiter left it until late in the second qualifying session of the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship to claim pole position for round eight at Knockhill in Scotland this ...
Rossiter snatches pole for race two at Knockhill
James Rossiter left it until late in the second qualifying session of the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship to claim pole position for round eight at Knockhill in Scotland this afternoon (May 15). Barton Mawer took pole position in the Scholarship Class.
Rossiter had been well down the order but with just a handful of minutes left on the clock he knocked Australian Will Power off the top spot. Nelson Piquet Jr also left it until his final flying lap to jump into third place on the grid, after struggling in the opening session.
"It makes up for not getting it for race one," smiled Rossiter. "Although, looking at the times, third place in race one is a better option as Piquet and Dirani are further back and have a lot more work to do. I'll be flat out in race two and see how it goes. I've got to make the best of pole around here."
Power had to settle for another second place, missing out by just under eight-hundredths of a second from the Fortec Motorsport driver. Piquet had finally got his head around the undulating circuit, pushing harder with each lap to leapfrog past Lucas Di Grassi, Karun Chandhok and Ernesto Viso and take third on the grid.
Viso looked like repeating his earlier pole and had traded times with Power in the middle of the session. However, he had no chance to respond to the last minute charges by Rossiter and Piquet and had to settle for sixth.
In the Scholarship Class Ryan Lewis went for another pole position but pushed too hard in the early part of the session and spun off. Australian Barton Mawer took control for the remainder of the 30 minutes and claimed the top spot before stopping out on the circuit with a gearbox problem.
"I don't know exactly what went wrong with the gearbox, but it's not a major problem," he said. "Pole is definitely the place to be around here as passing is going to be really difficult."
Stephen Jelley and Adam Khan took second and third places on the grid with Lewis having a mountain to climb from last place to make it onto the podium in race two.