Rossiter banks pole early in rain affected session James Rossiter managed to bank and early flying lap to snatch pole position for round 19 of the Avon Tyres British F3 Championship at Thruxton this afternoon. The Fortec Motorsport driver was...
Rossiter banks pole early in rain affected session
James Rossiter managed to bank and early flying lap to snatch pole position for round 19 of the Avon Tyres British F3 Championship at Thruxton this afternoon. The Fortec Motorsport driver was able to relax as rain stopped the rest of the grid improving their times enough to challenge him. Stephen Jelley kept his Scholarship Class title hopes alive, taking pole position.
"I knew that we would have to set a lap early as we could see the weather coming in before the start of the session," said Rossiter. "I'm happy with that as it is the first time I have driven an F3 car in the dry here," he added.
Lucas Di Grassi was one of the few drivers to improve their times near the end of the session, snatching second from Clivio Piccione. Rob Austin continued his successful return to the championship by taking fourth place.
Danilo Dirani just managed to pip title contender Adam Carroll for fifth place by three-hundredths of a second. Estonian racer Marko Asmer had held pole in the opening few laps of qualifying, but had to settle for seventh by the time the chequered flag fell.
Championship leader Nelson Piquet Jr suffered a frustrating opening session. He was twelfth fastest in the first half of the 25-minutes session but had managed to round out the top ten behind Alvaro Parente and Fairuz Fauzy.
Stephen Jelley took command of the Scholarship Class grid in the opening laps of qualifying. However, series leader Ryan Lewis soon got to grips with the circuit and headed the times before the rain fell. A great effort by Jelley allowed him to leap-frog the T-Sport driver and take pole.
"We're still trying to find the balance of the car and need to make some more adjustments to be honest," said Jelley. "I also had an over rev on my engine during the session, so we need to look at the data to see if it has caused any damage," he added.