||Post qualifying interviews with Marko Asmer and 'Frankie' Cheng
Marko Asmer (#7 Hitech) continued his move towards securing the British F3 title with a dominant display in qualifying for Round 19 of the 2007 Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series to finish the 30-minute session 0.1 seconds of championship rival Maro Engel (#23 Carlin). 'Frankie' Cheng (#39 Performance Racing) bounced back after the disappointments of Thruxton to secure the National Class pole ahead of title leader Sergio Perez (#31 T Sport).
The sun made it's first appearance of the day as the 29 British F3 cars began the qualifying session. The early pace was made by Engel, with Sam Bird (#3 Carlin), from Niall Breen (#21 Carlin) and Jonathan Kennard (#2 Raikkonen Robertson Racing). Asmer soon made his presence felt, briefly holding the top spot before Engel, Breen, Stephen Jelley (#1 Raikkonen Robertson Racing) and Bird all went quicker on their next laps.
With 22 minutes of the session remaining Maro Engel was 0.005 ahead of Niall Breen and the German came into the pits to save his tyres. However witin a couple of minutes He found himself off the top spot as Asmer posted a 1m13.232 lap which put him 0.119 seconds in front of his rival. Engel then came back onto the track to take up the challenege.
With 14 minutes remaining the red flags were shown as Sebastian Hohenthal (#5 Fortec) went off on the circuit and his Dallara was judged to be in a dangerous position. The car was quickly moved to a safer location and the session resumed but most of the drivers had already posted their best laps.
One of the exceptions was Greg Mansell (#50 Fortec) who improved over the next 3 laps to move him up from the low teens to 8th on the grid, just 0.4 behind Asmer. 'Frankie' Cheng posted his best time of the session with just 5 minutes to go to secure his 3rd pole of the year, two places and 0.339 seconds ahead of Sergio Perez.
At the end of the session Marko Asmer was quickest, from Engel, Breen, Jelley, Mustonen and Bird, with the top 12 drivers split by just 0.6 seconds.
Qualifying for Round 20 is due to start at 15:00 this afternoon.
ROUND 19 - Qualifying
1 - 7 - C - Marko AMSER - (EST) - Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA - 1:13.232
2 - 23 - C - Maro ENGEL - (GER) - Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA - 1:13.351- + 0.119
3 - 21 - C - Niall BREEN - (IRL) - Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA - 1:13.356 -+0.124
4 - 1 - C - Stephen JELLEY - (GBR) - Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA - 1:13.481 - +0.249
5 - 26 - C - Atte MUSTONEN - (FIN) - Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA - 1:13.542 - +0.310
6 - 3 - C - Sam BIRD - (GBR) - Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA - 1:13.552 - +0.320
7 - 2 - C - Jonathan KENNARD - (GBR) - Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA - 1:13.577+0.345
8 - 50 - C - Greg MANSELL - (GBR) - Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA - 1:13.646 - +0.414
9 - 5 - C - Sebastian HOEHNTHAL - (SWE) - Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA - 1:13.823 - + 0.591
10 - 22 - C - Alberto VALERIO - (BRA) - Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA - 1:13.837 - +0.605
11 - 4 - C - Mario MORAES - (BRA) - Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA - 1:13.849 - +0.617
12 - 14 - C - Esteban GUERRIERI - (ARG) - Mygale Mercedes HWA - 1:13.890 - +0.658
13 - 9 - C - Rodolfo GONZALEZ - (VEN) - Dallara F307 Mugen-Honda - 1:14.125 - +0.893
14 - 6 - C - Walter GRUBMULLER - (AUT) - Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA - 1:14.128 - +0.896
15 - 24 - C - John MARTIN - (AUS) - Dallara F307 Mugen-Honda - 1:14.355 - +1.123
16 - 15 - C - Michael DEVANEY - (IRL) - Mygale - Mercedes - HWA - 1:14.680 - +1.448
17 - 16 - C - Max CHILTON - (GBR) - Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA - 1:14.693 - +1.461
18 - 39 - N - CHENG Cong - Fu - (CHN) - Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda - 1:14.702 - +1.470
19 - 44 - C - Leo MANSELL - (GBR) - Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA - 1:14.766 - +1.534
20 - 27 - C - Alistair JACKSON - (GBR) - Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA - 1:15.035 - +1.803
21 - 31 - N - Sergio PEREZ - (MEX) - Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda - 1:15.095 - +1.863
22 - 8 - C - Francesco CASTELLACCI - - (ITA) - Dallara F307 Mugen-Honda - 1:15.345 - +2.113
23 - 10 - C - Ricardo TEIXEIRA - (ANG) - Dallara F307 Mugen-Honda - 1:15.430 - +2.198
24 - 55 - N - Michael MEADOWS - (GBR) - - Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda - 1:15.452 - +2.220
25 - 77 - N - Salman AL-KHALIFA - (BHR) - Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda - 1:15.576 - +2.344
26 - 38 - N - Hamad AL - FARDAN - (BHR) - Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda - 1:15.623 - +2.391
27 - 59 - N - Ernesto OTERO - (BRA) - Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda - 1:15.946 - +2.714
28 - 33 - N - Juan Pablo GARCIA SAMANO - (MEX) - Lola-Dome F106/4 Mugen-Honda -1:16.526 - +3.294
29 - 37 - N - Viktor JENSEN - (ISL) - Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda - 1:16.926 - +3.694