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Sweeney Racing Donington qualifying notes

Carroll works hard to put Lola-Dome in top ten as Viso takes sensational double Scholarship Class pole. Contenders in the 2003 British F3 Championship gripped by AVON Tyres went head-to-head in serious competition for the first time at ...

Carroll works hard to put Lola-Dome in top ten as Viso takes sensational double Scholarship Class pole.

Contenders in the 2003 British F3 Championship gripped by AVON Tyres went head-to-head in serious competition for the first time at Donington Park Circuit this afternoon, during official qualifying for Rounds One and Two of the series which take place tomorrow, Sunday 6th April.

Sweeney Racing's Championship Class charger, Adam Carroll (Northampton / Portadown, Co Armagh) and its Scholarship Class hopeful Ernesto Viso (Cambridge) enjoyed mixed fortunes around the scenic 1.9-mile Derbyshire circuit.

Viso confirmed his stunning pre-season testing pace by securing a brace of dominant pole positions in the Scholarship Class after two tensely fought sessions. Carroll battled through a difficult first session to improve the new Lola-Dome F106 chassis dramatically for the afternoon session and posted a well deserved tenth place overall for the second of tomorrow's two races.

Championship Class - Adam Carroll (GBR) Lola-Dome F106 Opel-Spiess
1st Qualifying (grid for Rd 1): 17th
2nd Qualifying (grid for Rd 2): 10th

Qualifying - Round One

After a promising official test on Thursday, the team was hopeful that Carroll could promote his new Lola-Dome chassis into the top ten times for qualifying. After a quiet start to the session, Carroll went 12th quickest at the half way point, less than a second off the pole time. However, as the leading contenders made their final push for grid positions, Carroll found himself bumped down the order. Despite digging deep and reducing his own lap time within the last few minutes, Carroll ended the session in a very disappointed 17th place overall.

Qualifying - Round Two

The Formula 3 field barely had time to play themselves into the second of the day's qualifying sessions when the session was red-flagged due to a stranded car. Carroll and the Sweeney Racing team took this opportunity to make a couple of set-up changes that would prove critical over the remaining 25minutes. Once the circuit went green, Carroll put himself on the scoreboard in 15th position, then pulled into the pits for new tyres. His second flying lap saw him immediately promoted up to 10th overall, just 6/10th of a second behind poleman Jamie Green. With no one improving their times over the final few minutes, Carroll therefore lines up in a highly creditable 10th place overall for the second of tomorrow's two races.

Said Carroll:
"The first session was difficult but the important thing is that we moved forward in the right direction for the second qualifying. I actually had to overtake another car at the chicane on my fastest lap, so I'm confident there is more time to come."

Scholarship Class - Ernesto Viso (VEN) Dallara F301 Mugen-Honda
1st Qualifying (grid for Rd 1): pole (9th overall)
2nd Qualifying (grid for Rd 2): pole (8th overall)

Qualifying - Round One

From the start of the half hour qualifying session, it was clear that Viso was going to be the man to beat for the Scholarship pole position. But not content simply to head his class times, Viso immediately leapt to the head of the overall time sheet, overshadowing the Championship Class runners for the first ten minutes. Bumped down to eighth overall by mid session, Viso was still setting the pace in Scholarship, lapping 3/10th of a second clear of his main rival, Christian England. A blistering lap with ten minutes to go saw Viso squeeze another 2/10th of a second out of his Dallara Mugen- Honda, to put himself nearly half a second clear of T-Sport's Karun Chandhok. With no one able to get near the flying young Venezuelan, Viso duly took his first 2003 Scholarship Class pole position, 3/10th of a second clear of the late-surging Ivor McCullough.

Qualifying - Round Two

Viso's Scholarship Class challengers raised their game in the second qualifying session this afternoon. Viso, who started the session with used tyres, initially held second place in class as his rivals worked to capitalise upon their new rubber advantage. He then became embroiled in a fierce battle with both Christian England and Steven Kane - but once Viso had pitted for new rubber, he made short shrift of their efforts, going fourth quickest overall and the fastest Scholarship runner by 3/10th of a second. Another stunning lap saw Viso incredibly go third quickest overall and maintain the gap back to a very determined Steven Kane. Finally bumped down the order by Championship Class cars, Viso took the flag in pole position and a superb eighth place overall.

Said Viso:
"Obviously I am delighted with double pole here today. The car was very good in the both sessions - we went slightly more radical on set up for the second qualifying and it worked well, but we'll probably go back to the other set up for the races. I didn't have to push too hard this morning, but it was a bit harder this afternoon! Still, it's a good start to the weekend for me and the team."

-sr-

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Series BF3
Drivers Ivor McCullough , Adam Carroll , Christian England , Steven Kane , Jamie Green , Ernesto Viso