Double R Double as Kennard Denies Engel Pole Jonathan Kennard ( ...
Double R Double as Kennard Denies Engel Pole
Jonathan Kennard (#2 Raikkonen Robertson Racing) scored his second pole position of the year with the quickest lap of the weekend so far and, like team mate Stephen Jelley in first qualifying, edged out Maro Engel (#23 Carlin Motorsport) for the top spot.
Sam Bird (#3 Carlin Motorsport) was third fastest ahead of Jelley (#1 Raikkonen Robertson Racing), Atte Mustonen (#26 Raikkonen Robertson Racing) and an improving Rodolfo Gonzalez (#9 T Sport). Championship leader Marko Asmer (#7 Hitech) could only manage 7th fastest but only three tenths adrift of Kennard's time.
Mario Moraes (#4 Carlin), Greg Mansell (#50 Fortec) and Sebastian Hohenthal (#5 Fortec) rounds out the top ten fro tomorrow mornings 12 lap race.
Jelley set the early pace but the session was stopped after just 3 laps when Juan Pablo Garcia Samano (#33 Fluid Motorsport) went off at the top of the circuit, bringing out the red flags. When the session restarted Engel went out and set the fastest lap of the weekend, seven thousandths quicker than Jelley's pole time for Round 13. However the Germans joy was shortlived as Kennard became the first driver to set a 2m13 lap with a time of 2m13.896. Engel improved but his best was still 0.060 seconds adrift of Kennard.
In the National Class Sergio Perez (#31 T Sport) took the double, eight tenths ahead of title rival 'Frankie' Cheng (#39 Performance Racing), with Mike Meadows (#55 Newnet Raikkonen Robertson Racing) and Hamad Al Fardan (#38 Performance Racing) 3rd and 4th respectively.
Jonathan Kennard: "Oulton Park and Spa are two good circuits to get pole on, so delighted and the team have done a good job. We've just got to capitilise on it because there are no points for pole so we've just got to work out the race strategy and see what we can do. When I saw a 13-8 on the dash, I couldn't believe it. So 13-8, yes, I'm really pleased with that."
Maro Engel: "The front row isn't a bad place to be. We saw last year in the dry race Bruno (Senna) towed past me before we even got to Les Combes, so I'm hoping to do the same. Yesterday we were relying on our free practice pace and we decided to do the times without tows, which probably a bit over confident. Stephen (Jelley) gained six and a half tenths just in a straight line in the first sector compared to my fastest lap, so it is a tall order gaining six tenths back in the corners. The plan today was to go out and get a tow, which I did, so the improvement was there."
Round 13 of the 2007 Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series is due to start at 18:35 (local time) with Round 14 at 11:45 tomorrow.