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Donington 12/10/2008 - 06 Days, 05 Hrs, 05 Mins
 
28/06/2008:
RD12 QUALIFYING: Hartley Charges to Second Thruxton Pole for Red Bull

 

Brendon Hartley improved on his front row position for Round 11 to take pole position for Round 12 of the 2008 British F3 International Series at Thruxton, the New Zealander finishing 0.035 seconds ahead of his Carlin teammate Oliver Turvey and Sweden's Marcus Ericsson.  Jay Bridger secured his second National Class pole of the year after Andy Meyrick fell off the track early in the session, leaving the Welshman languishing back in 25th place.  

With tyre wear still a worry to all the teams, many of the drivers elected to stay in the pitlane for the first part of the 30-minute qualifying session.  Of this on track Atte Mustonen was the quickest driver with his Double R teammate John Martin in second.  With five minutes of the session complete Jay Bridger put his National Class Dallara at the top of the time sheetd witha  lap of 1m07.493 but it wasn't long before he was bumped by a more powerful International Class car as John Martin staked his claim to the top slot.

National Class championship leader was circulating at the head of the National Class timesheet when disaster struck and the Dallara slide off the track and became beached in a dangerous position bringing out the red flags.

The stricken Dallara was quickly cleared by the marshals and the qualifying session resumed.  More cars joined in and it was Sam Abay who made the early running with a lap of 1m07.215s, but the Australian soon lost out to Sergio Perez, who went a tenth faster.  The time scontinued to tumble with Mustonen becoming the first driver in the sub 1minute 07 lap but it wasn't long before he was demoted by Nick Tandy and then Brendon Hartley in quick succession.

As the session entered its final stages it was Hartley from Turvey and Ericsson at the front of the field for the start of Round 12 of the 2008 British F3 International Series, which is due to get underway at 15:40 tomorrow.

ROUND 10 QUALIFYING: provisional result 

1 - 3 - INT - Brendon HARTLEY - NZL - 1m06.695

2 - 17 - INT - Oliver TURVEY - GBR - +0.035s

3 - 8 - INT - Marcus ERICSSON - SWE - +0.046s

4 - 28 - INT - Nick TANDY - GBR - +0.130s

5 - 26 - INT - Atte MUSTONEN - FIN - +0.143s

6 - 9 - INT - Sergio PEREZ - MEX - +0.153s

7 - 4  - INT - Jaime ALGUERSUARI - ESP - +0.256s

8 - 24 - INT - John MARTIN - AUS - +0.289s

9 - 7 - INT - Sebastian HOHENTHAL - SWE - +0.330s

10 - 16 - INT - Michael DEVANEY - IRL - +0.408s

11 - 18 - INT - Sam ABAY - AUS - +0.502s

12 - 6 - INT - Henry ARUNDEL - GBR - +0.558s

13 - 1 - INT - MAx CHILTON - GBR - +0.675s

14 - 14 - INT - Philip MAJOR - CAN - +0.763s 

15 - 5- NAT - Jay BRIDGER - GBR - +0.798s

16 - 2 - INT - Walter GRUBMULLER - AUT - +0.858s

17 - 53 - NAT - Steven GUERRERO - COL - +1.115s

18 - 12 - INT - Ricardo TEIXEIRA - ANG - +1.115s

19 - 11 - INT - Alistair JACKSON - GBR - +1.157s

20 - 51 - NAT - Stefan WILSON - GBR - +1.266s

21 - 57 - NAT - Salman AL KHALIFA - BHR -+1.317s

22 - 5 - INT - Viktor JENSEN - ISL - +1.368s

23 - 54 - NAT - Kristjan EINAR - ISL - +1.571s

24 - 52 - NAT - Hywel LLOYD - GBR - +1.768s

25 - 56 - NAT - Andy MEYRICK - GBR - +2.863s

26 - 59 - NAT - Jordan WILLIAMS - GBR - +3.154s

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