Rupert Svendsen-Cook secured pole position for the Sunday’s British Formula 3 Feature Race at Brands Hatch.
The 20-year-old set a best of 1:17.614 in bright, but cool conditions, to give himself a 0.18 advantage over surprise front row man, Adderly Fong.
Even the Sino Vision racer was somewhat surprised at his qualifying classification.
“[I am] a bit shocked really. It’s good, really nice. The car is good. We just need to dial it back a bit for the race, so it should be good for a long run.”
Fong could be the perfect foil for Svendsen-Cook, with fellow-Carlin runners Felipe Nasr and Carlos Huertas on the second row.
Fortec’s Championship runner, Lucas Foresti, claimed the third row with teammate William Buller. Pietro Fantin and Kevin Magnussen filled out the 7th and 8th positions (respectively), although both picked up warning for exceeding the track limits.
Double R’s Scott Pye set the quick running early on. He finally secured 9th spot, just marginally quicker than and Jazeman Jaafar (10th, Carlin). Rookie Jack Harvey just missed out on pipping Jaafar and will have to settle for 11th on the grid.
Svendsen-Cook had even done enough to claim pole for the weekend’s opening race. This time the Carlin runner will need to fend off Huertas (2nd), Nasr (3rd), Buller (4th), Jaafar (5th) and Foresti (6th).
Fong set a reasonable time for the 30 minute event – the Sino Vision man will start race 1 from 7th on the grid, with Fantin alongside. The fifth row belongs to Pye and Magnussen.
Bart Hylkema (T-Sport) took another pair of Rookie Class poles, aided by Kotaru Sakurai crashing in Graham Hill bend, while on his fifth lap.
British F3 Round of Brands Hatch (Rd 4, Qualifying, Race 1) Pos Driver Team Time 1. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin-Volkswagen 1:17.763 2. Carlos Huertas Carlin-Volkswagen 1:17.923 3. Felipe Nasr Carlin-Volkswagen 1:17.924 4. William Buller Fortec-Mercedes 1:17.964 5. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin-Volkswagen 1:18.155 6. Lucas Foresti Fortec-Mercedes 1:18.156 7. Adderly Fong Sino Vision-Mercedes 1:18.219 8. Pietro Fantin Hitech-Volkswagen 1:18.268 9. Scott Pye Double R-Mercedes 1:18.278 10. Kevin Magnussen Carlin-Volkswagen 1:18.281 11. Jack Harvey Carlin-Volkswagen 1:18.390 12. Hywel Lloyd Sino Vision-Mercedes 1:18.768 13. Menasheh Idafar T-Sport-Volkswagen 1:18.982 14. Harry Tincknell Fortec-Mercedes 1:18.983 15. Fahmi Ilyas Fortec-Mercedes 1:18.984 16. Pipo Derani Double R-Mercedes 1:19.397 17. Max Snegirev Hitech-Volkswagen 1:19.617 18. Yann Cunha T-Sport-Volkswagen 1:19.693 19. Bart Hylkema T-Sport-Mugen Honda 1:20.791 20. Kotaro Sakurai Hitech-Mugen Honda [no time] British F3 Round of Brands Hatch (Rd 4, Qualifying, Race 3) Pos Driver Team Time / Gap 1. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin-Volkswagen 1:17.614 2. Adderly Fong Sino Vision-Mercedes 1:17.796 3. Felipe Nasr Carlin-Volkswagen 1:17.873 4. Carlos Huertas Carlin-Volkswagen 1:17.892 5. Lucas Foresti Fortec-Mercedes 1:17.904 6. William Buller Fortec-Mercedes 1:17.938 7. Pietro Fantin Hitech-Volkswagen 1:17.981 8. Kevin Magnussen Carlin-Volkswagen 1:18.090 9. Scott Pye Double R-Mercedes 1:18.140 10. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin-Volkswagen 1:18.148 11. Jack Harvey Carlin-Volkswagen 1:18.341 12. Hywel Lloyd Sino Vision-Mercedes 1:18.389 13. Menasheh Idafar T-Sport-Volkswagen 1:18.736 14. Harry Tincknell Fortec-Mercedes 1:18.905 15. Fahmi Ilyas Fortec-Mercedes 1:18.931 16. Pipo Derani Double R-Mercedes 1:19.239 17. Max Snegirev Hitech-Volkswagen 1:19.356 18. Yann Cunha T-Sport-Volkswagen 1:19.629 19. Bart Hylkema T-Sport-Mugen Honda 1:20.471 20. Kotaro Sakurai Hitech-Mugen Honda 1:23.903