Another pole for Piquet at Silverstone As he had done earlier in the day, Nelson Piquet Junior claimed pole at Silverstone, in qualifying for the 18th round of the Avon Tyres British Formula 3 Championship, the second F3 race of the weekend....
Another pole for Piquet at Silverstone
As he had done earlier in the day, Nelson Piquet Junior claimed pole at Silverstone, in qualifying for the 18th round of the Avon Tyres British Formula 3 Championship, the second F3 race of the weekend. Adam Carroll improved one place from the morning to take the second spot on the grid, after a battle with series returnee Rob Austin, who claimed third.
Piquet was in pole after just nine minutes of the session, but the Brazilian was to improve by almost a second by the end of the session while Carroll, Austin and Will Power fought over second place. Australian Power was to lose out in the fight, eventually dropping to sixth, one spot behind James Rossiter.
Rossiter ran for more laps than most in the session, staying out as his tyres got older, while others went and sat out the end of the session in the pits. The move paid off though, as the Fortec Motorsport driver took fifth with just 45 seconds left on the clock.
Starting one place ahead of Rossiter will be Danny Watts, who put the Lola-Dome on the second row of the grid for his local race, one place higher than he had managed in the morning. Watts had run at the back of the Championship Class earlier in the session, before moving up with a succession of quick laps towards the end.
Rob Austin's performance in the first qualifying session opened up the potential for two great races on Sunday, as the Menu F3 driver was more than happy with the performance of his Dallara. "That car was good enough for pole," said Austin, "If I didn't know that I wouldn't be out there." Qualifying eighth and third, and with no championship aspirations, he will be one to watch on Sunday.
Ryan Lewis won the fight for Scholarship Class pole, despite not feeling as though he had made the most of the opportunity when conditions were at their peak.
"You've only really got your out lap and maybe two flying laps and I don't think I really maximised those two laps, but I'm out in front again, so I'm happy with that. I missed a gear coming out of Luffield on, I think, my fastest lap, so I could have gone even quicker."
Stephen Jelley was second, with James Winslow third in class. After problems in the morning, Lars Sexton's car cut out on him before he could complete a flying lap, leaving him at the back for the second race.
Round 17 is scheduled to take place at 10:05 on Sunday with round 18 later in the day at 15:15.