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