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15/08/2008:
RD17 QUALIFYING: Turvey Tops Times - Again

 

For the third time in three races Oliver Turvey took pole position, finishing the 30-minute session for Round 17 at Silverstone 0.131 seconds ahead of Carlin teammate Brendon Hartley.  Marcus Ericsson heads row two just six hundredths ahead of John Martin.  Championship leader Jaime Alguersuari will line up for tomorrows race in fifth, one place ahead of his nearest rival for the title Sergio Perez.  Stefan Wilson recorded his second National Class pole position ahead of his Fluid Motorsport teammate Jay Bridger, with Hywel Lloyd in third.

Only six cars came out on track for the initial part of the session with John Martin setting the early pace with a 1m15.356 lap, 1.2 seconds faster than his nearest rival.  Martin was still on pole as the rest of the field started to put in their fastest times with Atte Mustonen, Sam Abay and Henry Arundel vieing for the second place on the front row as the 30-minute session reached its half way stage.  After completing 10 laps John M

With 11 minutes remaining Oliver Turvey went quicker than Martin with a 1m15.323.  Marcus Ericsson briefly knocked Turvey off the top spot, but only for 15 seconds before the Englishman posted a 1m15.261.  He then knocked a further two tenths off the time to record the best lap of the session just as Brendon Hartley put in a 1m15.131 lap to secure the other front row place.

In the National Class Jay Bridger had held the top spot for the first 20-minutes of the session before his team mate Stefan Wilson posted a 1m16.532 to go two tenths quicker with just six minutes to go.

At the flag it was Turvey from Hartley and Ericsson. 

Pole sitter Oliver Turvey said, “I didn’t have any lap times on my dash, so it was quite a relaxing session!  I knew from my pit board that I was P1 for the majority of the session, and as long as that didn’t change I just kept driving as quick as I could.   Conditions were very different to this morning, I think the GT cars put down a lot of rubber, so the track was very different, but we dealt with it well.  It was good to continue the form we had a Spa and be quickest in practice and then quickest in first qualifying.  Hopefully we can continue to be at the front for the rest of the weekend.”

ROUND 17 Qualifying - Result

1 - 17 - INT - Oliver TURVEY - GBR - 1:15.000

2 - 3 - INT - Brendon HARTLEY - NZL - +0.131s

3 - 8 - INT - Marcus ERICSSON - SWE - +0.302s

4 - 24 - INT - John MARTIN - AUS - +0.365s

5 - 4 - INT - Jaime ALGUERSUARI - ESP - +0.376s

6 - 9 - INT - Sergio PEREZ - MEX - +0.549s

7 - 26 - INT - Atte MUSTONEN - FIN - +0.560s

8 - 1 - INT - Max CHILTON - GBR - +0.577s

9 - 28 - INT - Nick TANDY - GBR - +0.614s

10 - 18 - INT - Sam ABAY - AUS - +0.660s

11 - 14 - INT - Philip MAJOR - CAN - +0.714s

12 - 6 - INT - Henry ARUNDEL - GBR - +0.735s

13 - 2 - INT - Walter GRUBMULLER - AUT - +1.213s

14 - 85 - INV - Oliver OAKES - GBR - +1.335s

15 - 11 - INT - Alistair JACKSON - GBR - +1.409s

16 - 12 - INT - Ricardo TEIXEIRA - ANG - +1.439s

17 - 51 - NAT - Stefan WILSON - GBR - +1.532s

18 - 25 - INT - Clemente DE FARIA Jnr - BRA - +1.659s

19 - 50 - NAT - Jay BRIDGER - GBR - +1.689s

20 - 16 - INT - Michael DEVANEY - IRL - +1.913s

21 - 52 - NAT - Hywel LLOYD - GBR - +2.027s

22 - 53 - NAT - Steven GUERRERO - COL - +2.160s

23 - 57 - NAT - Salman AL KHALIFA - BHR - +2.226s

24 - 55 - NAT - Craig REIFF - GER - +2.740s

25 - 54 - NAT - Kristjan EINAR - ISL - +3.134s

26 - 61 - NAT - Jonathan LEGRIS - GBR - No Time Recorded (Gearbox failure)

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