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Felipe Nasr nets double British F3 pole position

Saturday, May 14 2011

Championship leader Carlin's Felipe Nasr secured a commanding double pole position in qualifying for the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series at Snetterton on Saturday.

The 30 minute session saw drivers vying for grid positions for two races - their fastest overall times setting the order for Sunday's third race, whilst their second quickest laps determined the starting order for Saturday's opening encounter.

Brazilian driver Nasr posted a sequence of succinct laps on fresh tyres during the final stages of the 30 minute qualifying session to edge out early provisional pole-sitter, team-mate Kevin Magnussen - who clinched a brace of second places.

"Yesterday we were strong in testing and today it was just a case of repeating it," said Nasr. "The track got quicker towards the end of the session."

Ipswich driver Carlin's Rupert Svendsen-Cook enjoyed a strong start to his home round, finishing third fastest in race three qualifying. His second best effort was sufficient to take fifth position for Saturday's first race.

Fortec's Riki Christodolou was the fastest non-Carlin driver, netting third on the grid for race one and fourth for race three.

All drivers opted to change onto new tyres mid-way through the session, and Carlin's Carlos Huertas capitalised on clear track space after making an early pit stop to secure fifth fastest overall and fourth with his second fastest lap time.

Fifth Carlin driver Jazeman Jaafar and Hitech's Pietro Fantin enjoyed a close battle on the time sheets - Jaafar edging Fantin out for sixth place in race three qualifying, although their positions were reversed on the race one grid.

Sino Vision's Hywell Lloyd will start tenth and eight for races one and three respectively, whilst Double R's Pipo Derani also set two top ten qualifying times - ninth for race one and tenth for race three.

Harry Tincknell steered his Fortec Dallara to ninth for race three, whilst Fortec's Will Buller rounded out race one's top ten.

It was a difficult session for Nasr's main championship rival Fortec's Lucas Foresti, who languished outside the top ten in both qualifying times in 14th and 15th for races one and three.

Snetterton will host race one from the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series at 2.55pm on Saturday, ahead of races two and three on Sunday at 10.55am and 4.15pm respectively.

Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series, Snetterton, qualifying:
1. Felipe Nasr (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), 1m39.147s
2. Kevin Magnussen (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +0.339s
3. Rupert Svendsen-Cook (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +0.503s
4. Riki Christodoulou (Hitech Racing Dallara-Volkswagen), +0.663s
5. Carlos Huertas (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +0.670s
6. Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +0.736s
7. Pietro Fantin (Hitech Racing Dallara-Volkswagen), +0.843s
8. Pipo Derani (Double R Racing Dallara Mercedes), +0.941s
9. Harry Tincknell (Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes), +0.995s
10. Hywel Lloyd (Sino Vision Racing Dallara-Mercedes), +1.054s

Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series, Snetterton, qualifying second best times:
1. Felipe Nasr (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), 1m39.549s
2. Kevin Magnussen (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +0.024s
3. Riki Christodoulou (Hitech Racing Dallara-Volkswagen), +0.293s
4. Carlos Huertas (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +0.296s
5. Rupert Svendsen-Cook (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +0.370s
6. Pietro Fantin (Hitech Racing Dallara-Volkswagen), +0.516s
7. Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +0.562s
8. Hywel Lloyd (Sino Vision Racing Dallara-Mercedes), +0.669s
9. Pipo Derani (Double R Racing Dallara Mercedes), +0.862s
10. Will Buller (Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes), +0.866s

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