“Marciello takes Macau pole position”

He left it late, but Raffaele Marciello secured pole position for tomorrow’s ten-lap Formula 3 qualifying race at Macau.

The Prema Powerteam racer and newly crowned FIA European F3 champion took to the top spot not long before the clock ran down in a session repeatedly broken up by red flags.

Fortec new-boy, Tom Blomqvist, headed the session for a time before Marciello’s championship rival, Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke), jumped to the top spot as the clock ticked toward zero.

With the red and yellow flags repeatedly breaking runs and routines, Marciello took advantage of a short patch of green flag running to set a pole time of 2:11.555s.
It gave the Italian an advantage of 0.067s over Rosenqvist when the time did run out, although both the front row men decided against one last lap on the spectacular Chinese circuit.

Alex Lynn and Lucas Auer made it an all-Prema Powerteam second row, with the Englishman a solid four-tenths up on his teammate. Carlin’s Antonio Felix da Costa was another improver in the latter stages, while Blomqvist eventually dropped to 6th overall.
Pipo Derani (Fortec) headed a gang of Carlin drivers, led by Formula Renault 3.5 regular Jazeman Jaafar, while Harry Tincknell and Jordan King rounded out the top ten.

The first race runs tomorrow morning from 6am, with live audio and timing & scoring feed available from macau.grandprix.gov.mo.
The Macau Grand Prix will be shown in delayed broadcast on Motors TV this Sunday at 3.30pm. All times are UK.

2013 Macau F3 Grand Prix (Combined Qualifying)
Pos  Driver                  Team/Car                        Time
 1.  Raffaele Marciello      Prema Dallara-Merc              2m11.555s
 2.  Felix Rosenqvist        Mucke Dallara-Merc              2m11.622s
 3.  Alex Lynn               Prema Dallara-Merc              2m11.639s
 4.  Lucas Auer              Prema Dallara-Merc              2m12.052s
 5.  Antonio Felix da Costa  Carlin Dallara-VW               2m12.083s
 6.  Tom Blomqvist           Fortec Dallara-Merc             2m12.111s
 7.  Pipo Derani             Fortec Dallara-Merc             2m12.144s
 8.  Jazeman Jaafar          Carlin Dallara-VW               2m12.225s
 9.  Harry Tincknell         Carlin Dallara-VW               2m12.409s
10.  Jordan King             Carlin Dallara-VW               2m12.616s
11.  Alexander Sims          T-Sport Dallara-Nissan          2m12.698s
12.  Will Buller             Fortec Dallara-Merc             2m12.768s
13.  Kevin Korjus            Double R Dallara-Merc           2m13.053s
14.  Carlos Sainz Jr         Carlin Dallara-VW               2m13.173s
15.  Esteban Ocon            Prema Dallara-Merc              2m13.333s
16.  Nicholas Latifi         Carlin Dallara-VW               2m13.551s
17.  Stefano Coletti         Eurointernational Dallara-Merc  2m13.777s
18.  Yuhi Sekiguchi          Mucke Dallara-Merc              2m13.833s
19.  Lucas Wolf              URD Dallara-Merc                2m13.938s
20.  Antonio Giovinazzi      Double R Dallara-Merc           2m14.018s
21.  Yuichi Nakayama         TOM'S Dallara-Toyota            2m14.308s
22.  Dennis van de Laar      Mucke Dallara-Merc              2m14.310s
23.  John Bryant-Meisner     Fortec Dallara-Merc             2m14.570s
24.  Sean Gelael             Double R Dallara-Merc           2m14.657s
25.  Nelson Mason            Zeller Dallara-Merc             2m14.706s
26.  Ed Jones                Fortec Dallara-Merc             2m14.975s
27.  Katsumasa Chiyo         B-Max Dallara-Toyota            2m15.253s
28.  Sun Zheng               Double R Dallara-Merc           2m18.912s

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