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“Harvey takes double British F3 pole at Brands”

June 23, 2012

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British Formula 3 title challenger Jack Harvey secured a confident double pole position at Brands Hatch.

The Lincolnshire racer heads a trio of Carlin runners following a cool and windy session amongst the Kent hills.
Jazeman Jaafar will sit alongside Harvey on the front row for Sunday’s feature race, while Harry Tincknell holds 3rd.

Following a cautious opening run, Harvey set his quickest lap – a 1:17.048 – on his second set of tyres, comfortable jumping to the top of the table some seven-tenths up on the field.

As the session aged the pack closed up, with Jaafar eventually closing to within 0.083 of Harvey’s time.
Tincknell was a further two-tenths shy of the leading pair, with Fortec’s Alex Lynn running the Carlin man close in 4th.

After topping practice* yesterday, Carlos Sainz Jr qualified a disappointing 5th when his crucial final run was ruined by traffic. The Spaniard then enjoyed a half-second gap over Felix Serralles (Fortec, 6th) Nick McBride (T-Sport, 7th) and Pietro Fantin (Carlin, 8th).

Pipo Derani (Fortec) and Geoff Uhrhane (Double R) rounded out the top five. Both comfortably out-qualified Hannes van Asseldonk who threw his Mercedes-powered Fortec backwards into the tyre barrier at Paddock Hill Bend.
Fahmi Ilyas set only one timed lap after he went off only five minutes in.

Adderly Fong joined CF Racing for the National Class running at this event. The Canadian/Chinese driver topped qualifying in the class when he set a quickest lap of 1:19.504. Fong bettered Spike Goddard – although Goddard spun off – and Duvashen Padayachee.

For race one, Harvey will lead Jaafar, Lynn and Sainz Jr. Tincknell originally set the 5th fastest time, although he would lose his original time when the stewards ruled he had broken the track limits.

* {note 1}
Sainz Jr topped Friday practice in his Volkswagen-powered Dallara, leading a Carlin 1-2-3. The 17-year-old set a best of 1:17.257 in the afternoon – some three-tenths quicker than last year’s pole. Tincknell and Harvey followed to wrap up the top three, with Serralles gate crashing the Carlin party in 4th spot.
It was not all good for Carlin – Fantin missed a huge portion of practice following an off in the morning. Goddard crashed while attempting to match returning driver Fong, who had a spin of his own during the day.

2012 British F3 Round of Brands Hatch (Rd 5, Race 3 Qualifying)
Pos Driver Team/Car Time
 1. Jack Harvey             Carlin Dallara-VW        1m17.271s
 2. Jazeman Jaafar          Carlin Dallara-VW        1m17.287s
 3. Alex Lynn               Fortec Dallara-Merc      1m17.455s
 4. Carlos Sainz Jr         Carlin Dallara-VW        1m17.518s
 5. Harry Tincknell         Carlin Dallara-VW        1m17.713s
 6. Nick McBride            T-Sport Dallara-Nissan   1m18.141s
 7. Pietro Fantin           Carlin Dallara-VW        1m18.176s
 8. Felix Serralles         Fortec Dallara-Merc      1m18.297s
 9. Pipo Derani             Fortec Dallara-Merc      1m18.726s
10. Geoff Uhrhane           Double R Dallara-Merc    1m19.101s
11. Adderly Fong            CF Dallara-Mugen         1m19.953s
12. Spike Goddard           T-Sport Dallara-Mugen    1m20.011s
13. Hannes van Asseldonk    Fortec Dallara-Merc      1m20.324s
14. Duvashen Padayachee     Double R Dallara-Mugen   1m21.131s
15. Fahmi Ilyas             Double R Dallara-Merc    no time
Italics = National Class
2012 British F3 Round of Brands Hatch (Rd 5, Race 3 Qualifying)
Pos Driver Team/Car Time
 1. Jack Harvey             Carlin Dallara-VW        1m17.048s
 2. Jazeman Jaafar          Carlin Dallara-VW        1m17.131s
 3. Harry Tincknell         Carlin Dallara-VW        1m17.310s
 4. Alex Lynn               Fortec Dallara-Merc      1m17.340s
 5. Carlos Sainz Jr         Carlin Dallara-VW        1m17.492s
 6. Felix Serralles         Fortec Dallara-Merc      1m17.935s
 7. Nick McBride            T-Sport Dallara-Nissan   1m17.974s
 8. Pietro Fantin           Carlin Dallara-VW        1m18.024s
 9. Pipo Derani             Fortec Dallara-Merc      1m18.436s
10. Geoff Uhrhane           Double R Dallara-Merc    1m18.896s
11. Hannes van Asseldonk    Fortec Dallara-Merc      1m19.412s
12. Adderly Fong            CF Dallara-Mugen         1m19.504s
13. Spike Goddard           T-Sport Dallara-Mugen    1m19.748s
14. Duvashen Padayachee     Double R Dallara-Mugen   1m20.991s
15. Fahmi Ilyas             Double R Dallara-Merc    1m28.158s
Italics = National Class
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