||Post qualifying interviews with Brendon Hartley and Oliver Turvey
Brendon Hartley posted the only sub 1 minute 15 second lap of the two qualifying periods to start Round 18 of the 2008 British F3 International Series at the head of the 25-car field tomorrow. The New Zealander was 0.11 seconds quicker than Round 17 pole sitter Oliver Turvey with Nick Tandy starting at the head of the second row in his JTR run Mygale. Stefan Wilson scored a double pole in the National Class finishing the session 0.024 seconds ahead of teammate Jay Bridger, with T Sport's Salman Al Khalifa in third.
Marcus Ericsson led in the early part of the session as Jaime Alguersuari, Brendon Hartley, Nick Tandy and Oliver Turvey sat it out in the pitlane. The Swede posted a 1m15.477 to head the time sheets after ten minutes just ahead of Atte Mustonen and John Martin.
Carlin driver Sam Abay then joined the fray going second as the half way point of the session approached, with Sergio Perez posting the third fastest time before going faster than Ericsson on his next lap with a 1m15.216. The Swede responded but the time was only good enough to maintain his second place.
Alguersuari, Turvey and Tandy joined the fight at this point and were soon leaping up the table as Perez continued to improve his provisional pole time. With eleven minutes of the session remaining Turvey went quicker than Perez by 0.003 seconds with John Martin improving to claim third place just 0.045 seconds behind the new pole position holder.
Turvey improved his time on the next lap as Hartley made his bid for the top spot just 0.06 seconds behind the Englishman however Nick Tandy came out of no where to put his JTR Mygale at the top of the time sheet as Sergio Perez came into the pits, his challenge completed. Marcus Ericsson had a trip into the gravel at Brooklands but managed to keep his momentum to regain the track. Henry Arundel wasn’t so lucky as he spun at Woodcote and came to rest on the grass on the inside of the corner his Dallara spinning its wheels on the grass.
With just six minutes of the session remaining Nick Tandy still held the top spot but Brendon Hartley had other ideas and put in a 1m14.906 second lap to claim his fourth pole of the season. With three minutes to go Hartley and Tandy came into the pits with just Turvey and Ericsson still circulating. Ericsson improved to fourth place in the final minute of the session as Turvey improved to second and on his final lap just missed out on improving his time again on the final lap.
In an almost identical rerun of the earlier qualifying session Jay Bridger held the upper hand in the National Class for the majority of qualifying only to be pipped by his teammate Stefan Wilson in the final few minutes. This time the gap was even closer between the Fluid Motorsport pair, with just 0.024 seconds separating them.
ROUND 18 Qualifying - Result
1 - 3 - INT - Brendon HARTLEY - NZL - 1:14.906
2 - 17 - INT - Oliver TURVEY - GBR - +0.110s
3 - 28 - INT - Nick TANDY - GBR - +0.230s
4 - 8 - INT - Marcus ERICSSON - SWE - +0.280s
5 - 9 - INT - Sergio PEREZ - MEX - +0.292s
6 - 18 - INT - Sam ABAY - AUS - +0.328s
7 - 24 - INT - John MARTIN - AUS - +0.334s
8 - 4 - INT - Jaime ALGUERSUARI - ESP - +0.415s
9 - 26 - INT - Atte MUSTONEN - FIN - +0.616s
10 - 14 - INT - Philip MAJOR - CAN - +0.744s
11 - 1 - INT - Max CHILTON - GBR - +0.756s
12 - 85 - INV - Oliver OAKES - GBR - +0.830s
13 - 2 - INT - Walter GRUBMULLER - AUT - +0.946s
14 - 16 - INT - Michael DEVANEY - IRL - +0.985s
15 - 6 - INT - Henry ARUNDEL - GBR - +1.029s
16 - 12 - INT - Ricardo TEIXEIRA - ANG - +1.354s
17 - 51 - NAT - Stefan WILSON - GBR - +1.422s
18 - 11 - INT - Alistair JACKSON - GBR - +1.434s
19 - 25 - INT - Clemente DE FARIA JNR - BRA - +1.438s
20 - 50 - NAT - Jay BRIDGER - GBR - +1.446s
21 - 57 - NAT - Salman AL KHALIFA - BHR - +1.677s
22 - 53 - NAT - Steven GUERRERO - COL - +1.714s
23 - 52 - NAT - Hywel LLOYD - GBR - +1.805s
24 - 54 - NAT - Kristjan EINAR - ISL - +2.563s
25 - 55 - NAT - Craig REIFF - GER - +2.752s
26 - 61 - NAT - Jonathan LEGRIS - GBR - +3.170s