Carroll on pole for home race in Silverstone

Pole position for tomorrow's race one in the GP2 Series event at the Silverstone Circuit belonged to Adam Carroll after Nelson A. Piquet lost his best lap time for ignoring a yellow flag during the earlier practice session. Standings leader,...

Pole position for tomorrow's race one in the GP2 Series event at the Silverstone Circuit belonged to Adam Carroll after Nelson A. Piquet lost his best lap time for ignoring a yellow flag during the earlier practice session.

Standings leader, Lewis Hamilton, and Alexandre Premat, both from ART Grand Prix team, took second and third positions.

Piquet set a time of 1m29s029 late in the session after suffering through a string of troubles early on, but his fastest time has been removed after he was judged to have overtaken Gimmi Bruni under yellow flags in this morning's free practice.

Thus, Carroll`s time of 1m29s104 was enough for the Northern Ireland driver to take his first pole position of the season.

"It is great to get pole position in front of my home crowd. I've lived near here for the last five years, I have lots of fans and support and I can't wait for the race.To have an all British front row at the British Grand Prix is wonderful for the fans", commented Carroll about having Hamilton alongside in the front row.

"We have been improving all the time and our car is getting quicker every weekend. Now I just hope it all goes well tomorrow", stated the Irishman who races for the Racing Engineering team.

Third place in race one of Nurburgring has been the highest performance for Carroll so far in the year.

ART was able to put it both cars in top three places in another proof of the 2005 champion team that seems to be one step above the rest. In all the qualifying sessions of the season, there has been at least one driver of ART in the top three.

Hamilton claimed second place in a fantastic tight gap with the pole winner after he set 1m29s108. After the victory from the pole position that the Brit took in Monaco two weeks ago, the standings leader will now try to achieve victory in his home race weekend, something he is looking for.

Premat, third, and Piquet, who ended up with fourth place, were also able to set lap times in the 1m29s100 barrier. With these performances, it has become normal to expect a hard and head-to-head fight for the lead in Saturday's race.

Former Formula One racer and BCN team driver as of the last round of competition, Timo Glock claimed his strongest result of the session taking fifth in his debut with iSport International in replacement of Tristan Gommendy, who was injured after Monaco's melee in the start.

Austrian Andreas Zuber was also in his best job of the session with sixth place in the Trident Racing's Dallara-Renault. Seventh place belong to another rookie in hands of Lucas Di Grassi, followed by Gianmaria Bruni, Cilvio Piccione and Giorgio Pantano.

Tomorrow at 15.45 local time, the drivers will start race one of the weekend for GP2. The drivers must complete 36 laps around Silverstone's combination of fast and slow turns to take the chequered flag.

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Gianmaria Bruni , Giorgio Pantano , Lewis Hamilton , Adam Carroll , Tristan Gommendy , Alexandre Prémat , Timo Glock , Andreas Zuber
Teams Racing Engineering , Trident