UK 2000: Barber garners Brands Hatch round 3 pole

Westley Barber and Susie Stoddart secured an all-Comtec Racing with Duckhams front row for round three of the championship at Brands Hatch. Barber finished 0.057s ahead of Stoddart in extremely competitive session. Charles Hollings qualified third...

Westley Barber and Susie Stoddart secured an all-Comtec Racing with Duckhams front row for round three of the championship at Brands Hatch. Barber finished 0.057s ahead of Stoddart in extremely competitive session. Charles Hollings qualified third to be the only other driver to average over 100mph around the Indy circuit.

Paul Di Resta was immediately on the pace as he set a 44.655s time on only his third lap and he gradually improved on this time over the next five laps. Mike Conway was also quick at the start and went fastest with a 44.258s on his fourth lap.

Barber then went quickest with a a 44.222s lap to lead a flurry of activity over the next few minutes with John Bryne, David Epton, Paul Di Resta, Susie Stoddart, Patrick Hogan, Alex Storkenfeldt, Juan Polar and Rodolfo Gonzales all setting fastest times within 0.3 seconds of each other over three laps.

Barber, currently fifth in the championship, then alternated between flying and warm-up laps to improve his time to 44.094s, 44.082s and then a 44.057s which was ultimately his fastest lap of the session. Stoddard also backed off for a few laps and then pushed hard over a single lap to move up to second with her fastest lap of 44.114s, relegating Hollings to third.

Behind them there was an intense battle to simply qualify for the race and by the end of the session the 28 drivers who qualified were covered by less than one second. Five drivers failed to qualify as just 1.324 seconds covered the entire field at the end of the incident-free session.

<pre> Results: 1. Westley Barber Comtec Racing with Duckhams 44.057s 2. Susie Stoddart Comtec Racing with Duckhams 44.114s 3. Charles Hollings Fortec Motorsport 44.120s 4. Mike Conway Fortec Motorsport 44.150s 5. Alex Storckenfeldt Mark Burdett Motorsport 44.294s 6. Oliver Jarvis Motaworld Racing 44.302s 7. Paul Di Resta Manor Motorsport 44.326s 8. Joey Foster Motaworld Racing 44.327s 9. David Epton Motaworld Racing 44.341s 10. Patrick Hogan Manor Motorsport 44.393s

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Joey Foster , Charles Hollings , Westley Barber , Alex Storckenfeld , Mike Conway , Oliver Jarvis , Patrick Hogan , Rodolfo Gon