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2011 British F3 Round of Rockingham (Rd 8, Qualifying, Sep 3rd)

September 3, 2011

Rockingham. © Creative Commons / Will Pittenger

Pietro Fantin secured his first poles of the British Formula 3 season on the road course at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

The Brazilian pilot jumped to the top of the time sheets with six minutes remaining in the single qualifying session, registering a best lap of 1:11.794 in his Hitech prepared Dallara.

Fantin will be leading fellow Brazilian – and Championship leader – Felipe Nasr in the opening and close events of the round.
The Carlin driver did not complete the entire thirty-minute session – feeling Fantin’s time was unattainable, Nasr pulled into the pits four minutes prior to the chequered flag.

Kevin Magnussen will lead the second row charge in both races, although the Dane will be partnered in 4th by fellow Carlin driver Jazeman Jaafar at the beginning of tomorrow’s feature race. Jack Harvey lines up 5th for race three, with Rupert Svendsen-Cook alongside.
It was an intriguing battle between the top six throughout the session, regularly swapping places until a final order was resolved.

The sixth and final Carlin runner, Carlos Huertas, will start 7th in both races, just ahead of lead Fortec driver, Harry Tincknell.
Will Buller (Fortec) and Hywel Lloyd (Sino Vision) have the fifth row to themselves, with Scott Pye (11th, Double R), Menasheh Idafar (12th, T-Sport), Pipo Derani (13th, Double R) and Fahmi Ilyas (14th, Fortec) close by.

Recent Championship graduate Bart Hylkema made the best of the conditions and his T-Sport Dallara to assume 15th place, beating off former-championship contender Lucas Foresti (16th, Fortec).
Adderly Fong (17th, Sino Vision) and Yann Cunha (18th, T-Sport) were the last of the championship runners, with rookie class pilots Kotaro Sakurai (Hitech) and Luca Orlandi (Team West-Tec) filling out the final row.

British Formula 3 Rnd of Rockingham (Rnd 8, Race 1)
Pos Driver Team Time/gap
 1. Pietro Fantin         Hitech Volkswagen       1:11.895
 2. Felipe Nasr           Carlin Volkswagen          0.180
 3. Kevin Magnussen       Carlin Volkswagen          0.228
 4. Rupert Svendsen-Cook  Carlin Volkswagen          0.377
 5. Jazeman Jaafar        Carlin Volkswagen          0.406
 6. Jack Harvey           Carlin Volkswagen          0.632
 7. Carlos Huertas        Carlin Volkswagen          0.639
 8. Harry Tincknell       Fortec Mercedes            0.762
 9. Will Buller           Fortec Mercedes            0.841
10. Scott Pye             Double R Mercedes          0.954
11. Menasheh Idafar       T-Sport Volkswagen         0.959
12. Hywel Lloyd           Sino Vision Mercedes       0.985
13. Pipo Derani           Double R Mercedes          1.001
14. Fahmi Ilyas           Fortec Mercedes            1.135
15. Adderly Fong          Sino Vision Mercedes       1.459
16. Lucas Foresti         Fortec Mercedes            1.466
17. Bart Hylkema          T-Sport Volkswagen         1.529
18. Yann Cunha            T-Sport Volkswagen         1.624
19. Kotaro Sakurai        Hitech Mugen-Honda         3.049
20. Luca Orlandi          Team West-Tec Mugen-Honda  5.136

British Formula 3 Rnd of Rockingham (Rnd 8, Race 3)
Pos Driver Team Time/gap
 1. Pietro Fantin         Hitech Volkswagen       1:11.794
 2. Felipe Nasr           Carlin Volkswagen          0.180
 3. Kevin Magnussen       Carlin Volkswagen          0.284
 4. Jazeman Jaafar        Carlin Volkswagen          0.379
 5. Jack Harvey           Carlin Volkswagen          0.410
 6. Rupert Svendsen-Cook  Carlin Volkswagen          0.430
 7. Carlos Huertas        Carlin Volkswagen          0.597
 8. Harry Tincknell       Fortec Mercedes            0.679
 9. Will Buller           Fortec Mercedes            0.729
10. Hywel Lloyd           Sino Vision Mercedes       0.964
11. Scott Pye             Double R Mercedes          0.970
12. Menasheh Idafar       T-Sport Volkswagen         1.036
13. Pipo Derani           Double R Mercedes          1.079
14. Fahmi Ilyas           Fortec Mercedes            1.158
15. Bart Hylkema          T-Sport Volkswagen         1.359
16. Lucas Foresti         Fortec Mercedes            1.451
17. Adderly Fong          Sino Vision Mercedes       1.485
18. Yann Cunha            T-Sport Volkswagen         1.626
19. Kotaro Sakurai        Hitech Mugen-Honda         3.009
20. Luca Orlandi          Team West-Tec Mugen-Honda  4.462


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