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Donington 12/10/2008 - 06 Days, 05 Hrs, 07 Mins
 
07/06/2008:
RD10 QUALIFYING: Hartley Speeds to Second Pole of '08 Season

 

Brendon Hartley took his second pole of the season on a very damp Snetterton circuit, finishing the 30-minute qualifying session for round 10 of the 2008 British F3 International Series two tenths ahead of Sebastian Hohenthal and Sergio Perez.  Stefan Wilson claimed his first pole in the National Class and the second of the weekend for his Fluid Motorsport team.  Wilson finished the session 0.219 seconds ahead of team mate Jay Bridger. 

It was Marcus Ericsson who was once agin quickest on the opening laps but was soon displaced by Sergio Perez and Nick Tandy in quick order.  Tandy, using the experience from the first qualifying session was clearly revelling in the tricky conditions and improved to post a 1m12.535s lap with SergioPerez, Marcus Ericsson, Sam Abay, Sebastian Hohenthal all staking a claim to the other front row grid position.  But with just 8 minutes of the session completed th ered flags came out to enable the marshals to recover Callum MacLeod's Litespeedf3 SLC R1 which had stopped at the exit of Russells thanks to a faulty battery.

The car was quickly recovered and the session resumed with Nick Tandy improving his pole time even more while Jay Bridger was vying for his second pole of the day in the National Class.

However with the session approaching the half way point Brendon Hartley popped in a 1m12,196 second lap to stake his claim to pole position.  On a drying track the lap times continued to improve.

Atte Mustonen, who had been back in 11th place at the half way point, suddenly started to show the pace that won him the race at Rockingham two weeks ago and he went 0.031 seconds quicker than Hartley just before the red flags came out again after Nick Tandy clouted the tyre barrier on the inside of the Bomb Hole.  The JTR Mygale was quickly removed and teh session resumed with just 8-minutes on the clock.

Hartley became the first driver to put in a sub 1minute 12 second lap to go back to the head of the timing sheets and he was followed by Hohenthal who was just 0.2 seconds slower than the New Zealander.

The session came to a close with Stefan Wilson claiming his first National Class pole with 60-seconds left on the clock and with three cars off at Riches and the yellow flags waving the session came to an end with Brendon Hartley celebrating his second pole of the year.

Round 10 Qualifying

1 - 3 - INT - Brendon HARTLEY - NZL - 1m11.587

2 - 7 - INT - Sebastian HOHENTHAL - SWE - +0.268s

3 - 9 - INT - Sergio PEREZ - MEX - +0.317s

4 - 16 - INT - Michael DEVANEY - IRL - +0.364s

5 - 26 - INT - Atte MUSTONEN - FIN - +0.541s

6 - 4 - INT - Jaime ALGUERSUARI - ESP - +0.545s

7 - 17 - INT - Oliver TURVEY - GBR - +0.678s

8 - 8 - INT - Marcus ERICSSON - SWE - +0.731s

9 - 28 - INT - Nick TANDY - GBR - +0.760s

10 - 18 - INT - Sam ABAY - AUS - +0.809s

11 - 1 - INT - Max CHILTON - GBR - +0.980s

12 - 2 - INT - Walter GRUBMULLER - AUT - +0.994s

13 - 51 - NAT - Stefan WILSON - GBR - +1.123s

14 - 50 - NAT - Jay BRIDGER - GBR - +1.342s

15 - 6 - INT - Henry ARUNDEL - GBR - +1.345s

16 - 12 - INT - Ricardo TEIXEIRA - ANG - +1.448s

17 - 14 - INT - Philip MAJOR - CAN - +1.593s

18 - 5 - INT - Viktor JENSEN - ISL - +1.606s

19 - 24 - INT - John MARTIN - AUS - +1.638s

20 - 57 - NAT - Salman AL KHALIFA - BHR - +1.768s

21 - 53 - NAT - Steven GUERRERO - COL - +1.860s

22 - 11 - INT - Alistair JACKSON - GBR - +1.900s

23 - 59 - NAT - Jordan WILLIAMS - GBR - +2.224s

24 - 56 - NAT - Andy MEYRICK - GBR - +2.392s

25 - 54 - NAT - Kristjan EINAR - ISL - +2.526s

26 - 52 - NAT - Hywel LLOYD - GBR - +3.956s

27 - 60 - NAT - Callum MacLEOD - GBR - +12.334s

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