04/08/2012 - Britain's Jack Harvey will start from pole position
for the first Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series
race after edging Carlos Sainz Jnr in an incredibly close
qualifying session at Snetterton.
The Carlin driver, who is second in the title race heading into
this weekend's latest round, produced an impressive display at the
Norfolk circuit to hold off all of his championship rivals to
secure pole. However, he didn't have it all his own way and was
pushed extremely hard by Sainz Jnr, Harry Tincknell, Jazeman Jaafar
and Alex Lynn, with just 0.129 seconds separating the top four.
But it was another Carlin car that set the early pace with
Malaysia's Jaafar going quickest early on, as the 16 strong field
adjusted to the hotter track conditions from Friday's test session.
His provisional pole didn't last long as team mate Harvey found his
rhythm to move to the top of the timing screens with an impressive
No sooner had Harvey lit up the timing screens, Essex racer Alex
Lynn, who was quickest in Friday's test, grabbed second spot just
four tenths adrift of pole. Positions continued to change up and
down the field with Tincknell securing second, shaving a tenth off
of the deficit to pole. The top nine were covered by just a second
which epitomised how closely fought the fight for pole would be as
the time ticked ever closer to the chequered flag.
As the session reached the halfway stage, the majority of the
field headed into the pits to make changes to the cars to adjust to
the ever changing track conditions. Once the action on track
resumed, Tincknell was the first to strike moving to within a tenth
of Harvey's provisional pole time with Jaafar in third.
With just 0.041 seconds the gap between the top two, Harvey
could not afford to relax and he subsequently went even quicker by
setting a 1.41.170s. Sainz Jnr burst on to the scene with a late
challenge in the final few minutes, but his effort was just 11
thousandths of a second slower than Harvey.
Lynn thought he had a shot at snatching pole too along with
championship leader Felix Serralles, but they both fell short by a
tenth of a second to claim third and fourth on row two. After
showing signs of great speed Tincknell and Jaafar were forced to
settle with fifth and sixth to line up on row three. Adderly Fong
was the quickest runner in the National Class setting a time just
three thousandths of a second quicker than Pedro Pablo
The first of three Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International
Series races at Snetterton begins at 15:15pm.
Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series Qualifying
1. Jack Harvey, Carlin, 1.41.170s
2. Carlos Sainz Jnr, Carlin, +0.011s
3. Alex Lynn, Fortec, +0.125s
4. Felix Serrales, Fortec, +0.129s
5. Harry Tincknell, Carlin, +0.238s
6. Jazeman Jaafar, Carlin, +0.277s
7. Pipo Derani, Fortec, +0.559s
8. Pietro Fantin, Carlin, +0.760s
9. Hannes Van Asseldonk +0.932s
10. Geoff Uhrhane, Double R, +1.237s