||Post Qualifying Interviews with Marko Asmer, Sebastian Hohenthal and Frankie Cheng
Marko Asmer continued his relentless push towards the 2007 British F3 title by securing his second pole position of the weekend, and his sixth this season, finishing the session four tenths of a second ahead of his nearest rival Sebastian Hohenthal, the Swede scoring his best British F3 qualifying position. 'Frankie' Cheng also scored the double in the National Class, finishing six places ahead of his championship rival Sergio Perez (#31 T Sport).
Jonathan Kennard once again set the early pace but was soon passed by his Double R teammates, first by Atte Mustonen and then Stephen Jelley posting an early claim for a Double R 1-2-3 for Round 12. However it only lasted a lap when Marko Asmer banged in a 1m18.753 to claim the top spot and then improved the time again on the next two laps so after 10 minutes Asmer had posted a 1m18.097, a time the rest of the grid couldn’t get near.
Behind Asmer Rodolfo Gonzalez was having a better session, briefly holding a front row position before slipping back to 4th at the half way point of the session, but the Venezuelan had started to show the type of pace he won the British F3 National Class title last season.
As Asmer consolidated his lead by posting consistently in the 118’s Sebastian Hohenthal put in a couple of quick laps to claim the other front row position, the best qualifying result of the year for the Swedish driver. Sam Bird (#3 Carlin Motorsport) also improved on the first qualifying session to claim third on the grid ahead of Atte Mustonen, Jonathan Kennard and Rodolfo Gonazalez.
‘Frankie’ Cheng continued to dominate the National Class with another dominant pole position over Sergio Perez and Mike Meadows (#55 Newnet Raikkonen Robertson Racing).
Marko Asmer: "We only had one lap in the first session and I said we had more pace in the car for the second, and we've shown that. I got a good run and I got quite a few laps for pole. I couldn't go any faster so I decided to come in and save the tyres. I must thank the team for the hard work yesterday, my engineer stayed until midnight to work on the setup and I'm pleased to have two pole positions."
Round 11 of the 2007 Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series gets underway at 11:40 on Sunday 15th July, with Round 12 due to start at 16:00.
ROUND 12 QUALIFYING - Result
1 - 7 - C - Marko ASMER - EST - 1:18.097
2 - 5 - C - Sebastian HOHENTHAL - SWE - +0.436s
3 - 3 - C - Sam BIRD - GBR - +0.471s
4 - 26 - C - Atte MUSTONEN - FIN - +0.502s
5 - 2 - C - Jonathan KENNARD - GBR - +0.514s
6 - 9 - C - Rodolfo GONZALEZ - VEN - +0.530s
7 - 1 - C - Stephen JELLEY - GBR - +0.858s
8 - 23 - C - Maro ENGEL - GER - +1.139s
9 - 21 - C - Niall BREEN - IRL - +1.185s
10 - 15 - C - Michael DEVANEY- IRL - +1.221s
11 - 6 - C - Walter GRUBMULLER - AUT - +1.284s
12 - 50 - C - Greg MANSELL - GBR - +1.327s
13 - 24 - C - John MARTIN - AUS - +1.441s
14 - 14 - C - Esteban GUERRIERI - ARG - +1.528s
15 - 22 - C - Alberto VALERIO - BRA - +1.661s
16 - 39 - N - CHENG Cong Fu - CHN - +1.736s
17 - 10 - C - Ricardo TEIXEIRA - ANG - +1.820s
18 - 16 - C - Max CHILTON - GBR - +2.170s
19 - 12 - C - Sean PETTERSON - RSA - +2.177s
20 - 4 - C - Mario MORAES - BRA - +2.262s
21 - 31 - N - Sergio PEREZ - MEX - +2.338s
22 - 44 - C - Leo MANSELL - GBR - +2.397s
23 - 8 - C - Francesco CASTELLACCI - ITA - +2.418s
24 - 55 - N - Michael MEADOWS - GBR - +2.940s
25 - 38 - N - Hamad AL FARDAN - BHR - +3.088s
26 - 34 - N - Alex WATERS - GBR - +3.150s
27 - 35 - N - Alastair JACKSON - GBR - 3.557s
28 - 77 - N - Salman AL KHALIFA - BHR - +3.744s
29 - 37 - N - Viktor JENSEN - ISL - +4.005s
30 - 33 - N - Juan Pablo GARCIA SAMANO - MEX - +4.445s
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