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CHARLIE HOLLINGS TAKES CRUSHING POLE FOR COUNTRY CLUB TASMANIA FORMULA 3 SUPERPRIX It may have been four rounds since his last pole position, but Astuti Motorsport driver Charlie Hollings proved today that he hadn't forgotten how to snare the...

CHARLIE HOLLINGS TAKES CRUSHING POLE FOR COUNTRY CLUB TASMANIA FORMULA 3 SUPERPRIX

It may have been four rounds since his last pole position, but Astuti Motorsport driver Charlie Hollings proved today that he hadn't forgotten how to snare the top spot after storming to a crushing pole position for the Country Club Tasmania Formula 3 SuperPrix, race two of tomorrow's seventh round of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship.

Hollings took pole by three tenths of a second in the SuperPrix qualifying session this afternoon, his margin made more impressive by the fact that the next four cars were covered by less than one tenth.

It was Hollings' fourth pole of the season and closed him to within one point of the championship lead.

"I've got to think of the championship, but it's great to be on pole for the Country Club Tasmania SuperPrix race," Hollings said this afternoon.

"I was able to set the pace from the start of the session to get pole position. The car was fantastic and my Astuti Motorsport team have done a great job."

"I'm starting right where I want to be. The John Bowe Trophy race is obviously very important and I think I have the car to win the race."

Hollings will start from pole, ahead of Team BRM / Opes Prime driver Barton Mawer, who headed a tight back of four cars covered by less than one tenth of a second.

Mawer's team-mate James Winslow enjoyed SuperPrix qualifying with a solid third place result, backing up his strong front-row start for race one.

"We have been having so many problems but again it's all managed to come right for qualifying," Winslow said.

"We didn't have any problems and the car felt really good. I think we should be quick tomorrow."

Leanne Tander will start the 30-lap SuperPrix from fourth position whilst Championship leader Tim Macrow will go from fifth.

The top eight cars were covered by less than one second in one of the tightest qualifying sessions for the year -- Hollings dominant pole aside.

Earlier in the day Leanne Tander took her Fleetcare TanderSport car to pole position for race one tomorrow, her second top qualifying spot this season.

In complete contrast to Hollings' dominating form in qualifying two, Tander had to wait until the last minute of the first session this morning to secure the top spot.

Tander's margin was also much more tenuous -- barely one tenth of a second splitting Leanne and second placed James Winslow.

Hollings, Marco Mapelli and Mawer completed the top five, with Macrow a disappointed sixth.

"I'm very happy," Leanne said.

"We did a time that we knew the car could do and what I expected to do. We didn't get the result we wanted in the (SuperPrix) qualifying because we struggled with some front grip but it could have been much worse.

"I think we will be competitive tomorrow," she said.

National Class competitor Jesse Wakeman rebounded from a heavy shunt yesterday by scoring his class pole position for the SuperPrix this afternoon, but failed to compete in the first session after awaiting parts from the mainland. John Boothman took the class pole for race one.

Trophy Class newcomer Samantha Reid was sidelined early in qualifying one after a broken clutch centre put her out until the last few minutes of session two.

Her efforts were still enough to net her a class pole for race one.

The Country Club Tasmania Formula 3 SuperPrix will be held tomorrow as part of the seventh round of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship for the CAMS Gold Star.

Australia's top wings and slicks drivers will take to the track for 30 laps in the afternoon with over $5000 worth of prizes and the inaugural John Bowe Trophy up for grabs.

A 24-lap opener in the morning, for full championship points, will also be contested.

-credit: www.formula3.com.au

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Series F3
Drivers Marco Mapelli , John Bowe , Barton Mawer , James Winslow , John Booth , Tim Macrow , Leanne Tander , Jesse Wakeman , Charlie Hollings