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Donington 12/10/2008 - 06 Days, 18 Hrs, 55 Mins
 
12/07/2008:
RD14 Qualifying: Pole Position For Ericsson

 

Marcus Ericsson bounced back after missing out on pole position for Round 13 to set the fastest lap for Round 14but his session ended in the barriers at Sheene Curve bringing out the red flags three minutes from the end.  Sergio Perez improved on his earlier performance to end the 15-minute qualifying session on the front row ahead of Atte Mustonen and his championship rival Jaime Alguersuari. Steven Guerrero scored his first National Class pole position 0.67 seconds ahead of Jay Bridger.

The majority of the drivers elected to go out early in the session, with the notable exceptions being Marcus Ericsson and Jaime Alguersuari, the drivers who claimed the front row in the earlier qualifying session.  It was Ericsson's Fortec teammate Sebastian Hohenthal who made an early claim to the top spot but Atte Mustonen also had ideas of taking pole position.

The times tumbled early in the session and briefly Australian Sam Abay held the top spot until Hohenthal went 0.003s faster.  At this point Ericsson and Alguersuari joined the track and were both immediately on the pace with Ericcson posting a 1m17.563 second lap and Alguersuari just 0.3 seconds behind in 2nd.  There then began a ding-dong battle for pole position with Ericsson and Alguersuari trying to out do each other. With 10-minutes of the session remaining Ericsson had reduced his lap time to 1m17.343, still 0.2 seconds ahead of Alguersuari.  Sergio Perez then demoted the Spaniard to 3rd just ahead of Oliver Turvey, Nick Tandy and Brendon Hartley.

Ericsson then posted the fastest lap of the session, reducing his lap time by another 0.030 of  a second, with Atte Mustonen moving back up the order to claim 3rd.  Ericsson then pushed a little too hard at Sheene, his Dallara clattering against the barriers and bringing the red flag out to halt qualifying two minutes early.

Round 14 Qualifying

1 - 8 - INT - Marcus ERICSSON - SWE - 1:17.313s

2 - 9 - INT - Sergio PEREZ - MEX - +0.132s

3 - 26 - INT - Atte MUSTONEN - FIN - +0.229s

4 - 4 - INT - Jaime ALGUERSUARI - ESP - +0.241s

5 - 17 - INT - Oliver TURVEY - GBR - +0.378s

6 - 28 - INT - Nick TANDY - GBR - +0.405s

7 - 3 - INT - Brendon HARTLEY - NZL - +0.490s

8 - 7 - INT - Sebastian HOHENTHAL - SWE - +0.514s

9 - 24 - INT - John MARTIN - AUS - +0.531s

10 - 18 - INT - Sam ABAY - AUS - +0.686s

11 - 1 - INT - Max CHILTON - GBR - +0.724s

12 - 2 - INT - Walter GRUBMULLER - AUT - +0.772s

13 - 6 - INT - Henry ARUNDEL - GBR - +0.997s

14 - 16 - INT - Michael DEVANEY - IRL - +1.088s

15 - 53 - NAT - Steven GUERRERO - COL - +1.604s

16 - 14 - INT - Philip MAJOR - CAN - +1.778s

17 - 12 - INT - Ricardo TEIXEIRA - ANG - +1.918s

18 - 11- INT - Alastair JACKSON - GBR - +2.052s

19 - 5 - INT - Viktor JENSEN - ISL - +2.346s

20 - 50 - NAT - Jay BRIDGER - GBR - +2.374s

21 - 57 - NAT - Salman AL KHALIFA - BHR - +2.467s

22 - 51 - NAT - Stefan WILSON - GBR - +2.496s

23 - 56 - NAT - Martin O'CONNELL - GBR - +2.561s

24 - 59 - NAT - Jordan WILLIAMS - GBR - +2.873s

25 - 52 - NAT - Hywel LLOYD - GBR - +3.033s

26 - 54 - NAT - Kristjan EINAR - ISL - +3.041s

27 - 61 - NAT - Jonathan LEGRIS - GBR - +3.385s

 

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