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2011 British F3 Round of Oulton Park (Rd 2, Qualifying, April 23rd)

April 23, 2011

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Felipe Nasr registered his first pole of the 2011 British Formula 3 season.

The Brazilian set his quickest your of 1:27.960 – a mere five-thousandths ahead of Fortec’s Lucas Foresti. Both the quickest times came late in the session.
Nasr and Foresti also share the front row for the Saturday race, albeit in opposite positions, with the Fortec pilot assuming the pole for the first race.

Menasheh Idafar secured 3rd on the grid alongside Rupert Svendsen-Cook in his Carlin-Volkswagen. Svendsen-Cook brought out one of the sessions two red flags, thanks to a mid-session off, but the Briton had done enough to pip Jazeman Jaafar (5th, Carlin) and William Buller (Fortec) on the time sheets.
Buller’s time would have given him a 6th place start; however that will become 16th, following a penalty thanks to his Monza antics.

Next up are Harry Tincknell (Fortec) and Kevin Magnussen (Carlin); however Magnussen missed much of the session following an early qualifying accident having set the early pace. Scott Pye (Double R) and Carlos Huertas (Carlin) recorded the 9th and 10th quickest times respectively ahead of Pietro Fantin, Pipo Derani and Jack Harvey.

Hitech’s Riki Christodoulou had a tough time in the session, with a fastest time some 0.945 shy of Nasr; however the Briton had quite a gap over the Sino Vision duo of Hywel Lloyd and Adderly Fong.
Fahmi Ilyas took 17th in his Mercedes-powered Fortec machine, with Yann Cunha the last of the International Class runners.

Bart Hylkema was the leading Rookie Class pilot – the T-Sport pilot had a 4.7 second advantage over his sole class rival, Kotaru Sakurai, although the Japanese youngster lost his timing unit after only two laps.

Round 2; Race one grid:
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap
 1.  Lucas Foresti         Fortec Dallara-Merc       1m28.165
 2.  Felipe Nasr           Carlin Dallara-VW         1m28.207  + 0.042s
 3.  Menasheh Idafar       T-Sport Dallara-VW        1m28.312  + 0.147s
 4.  Jazeman Jaafar        Carlin Dallara-VW         1m28.392  + 0.227s
 5.  Scott Pye             Double R Dallara-Merc     1m28.559  + 0.394s
 6.  Carlos Huertas        Carlin Dallara-VW         1m28.593  + 0.428s
 7.  Harry Tincknell       Fortec Dallara-Merc       1m28.655  + 0.490s
 8.  Pietro Fantin         Hitech Dallara-VW         1m28.829  + 0.664s
 9.  Rupert Svendsen-Cook  Carlin Dallara-VW         1m28.833  + 0.668s
10.  Riki Christodoulou    Hitech Dallara-VW         1m28.909  + 0.744s
11.  Pipo Derani           Double R Dallara-Merc     1m28.922  + 0.757s
12.  Jack Harvey           Carlin Dallara-VW         1m29.002  + 0.837s
13.  Kevin Magnussen       Carlin Dallara-VW         1m29.512  + 1.347s
14.  Fahmi Ilyas           Fortec Dallara-Merc       1m29.515  + 1.350s
15.  Adderly Fong          Sino Vision Dallara-Merc  1m29.563  + 1.398s
16.  Hywel Lloyd           Sino Vision Dallara-Merc  1m29.566  + 1.401s
17.  William Buller        Fortec Dallara-Merc       1m28.598  + 0.433s
18.  Yann Cunha            T-Sport Dallara-VW        1m29.739  + 1.574s
19.  Bart Hylkema          T-Sport Dallara-Mugen     1m30.409  + 2.244s
20.  Kotaru Sakurai        Hitech Dallara-Mugen      1m40.832  + 12.667s

Round 2; Race three grid:
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap
 1.  Felipe Nasr           Carlin Dallara-VW         1m27.960s
 2.  Lucas Foresti         Fortec Dallara-Merc       1m27.965s  + 0.005s
 3.  Menasheh Idafar       T-Sport Dallara-VW        1m28.244s  + 0.284s
 4.  Rupert Svendsen-Cook  Carlin Dallara-VW         1m28.331s  + 0.371s
 5.  Jazeman Jaafar        Carlin Dallara-VW         1m28.382s  + 0.422s
 6.  Harry Tincknell       Fortec Dallara-Merc       1m28.417s  + 0.457s
 7.  Kevin Magnussen       Carlin Dallara-VW         1m28.481s  + 0.521s
 8.  Scott Pye             Double R Dallara-Merc     1m28.491s  + 0.531s
 9.  Carlos Huertas        Carlin Dallara-VW         1m28.503s  + 0.543s
10.  Pietro Fantin         Hitech Dallara-VW         1m28.664s  + 0.704s
11.  Pipo Derani           Double R Dallara-Merc     1m28.693s  + 0.733s
12.  Jack Harvey           Carlin Dallara-VW         1m28.874s  + 0.914s
13.  Riki Christodoulou    Hitech Dallara-VW         1m28.905s  + 0.945s
14.  Hywel Lloyd           Sino Vision Dallara-Merc  1m29.158s  + 1.198s
15.  Adderly Fong          Sino Vision Dallara-Merc  1m29.399s  + 1.439s
16.  William Buller        Fortec Dallara-Merc       1m28.403s  + 0.443s*
17.  Fahmi Ilyas           Fortec Dallara-Merc       1m29.410s  + 1.450s
18.  Yann Cunha            T-Sport Dallara-VW        1m29.596s  + 1.636s
19.  Bart Hylkema          T-Sport Dallara-Mugen     1m30.054s  + 2.094s
20.  Kotaru Sakurai        Hitech Dallara-Mugen      1m34.709s  + 6.749s
*10-place penalty from incident at Monza

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