F3 » 20 March 2009
er claims second Adelaide F3 pole.
Accustomed to the greasy, damp and cool conditions presented to him, Joey Foster let it all hang out as he recorded his second Yorkshire Investments Pole Award in as many attempts at the Clipsal 500.
A wild, sideways and aggressive lap at the end of the second 20-minute session that set the grid for the Sunday race saw the Briton repeat his qualifying effort from Thursday to lead Tim Macrow and Mathew Sofi on Sunday's grid.
Foster is now $400 richer thanks to his double-pole effort in Adelaide, and has taken an early step towards the season-ending $1000 bonus to the driver who scores the most pole wins this year.
Due to the damp conditions – the result of a 'washed' track that was still drying, as well as overnight dew - Foster's time of 1m 19.6822secs was over a second slower than his track-record best yesterday, but half a second up on Macrow's time.
“Quite simply, I couldn't ask for anything more,” Foster said, “Two pole positions from two sessions is fantastic. It was a challenging session as the track was very slippery, but I gave it absolutely everything and we got a great result.
“The races are going to be very good but, hopefully, we can get away and get a buffer over the field. It's harder to lead the race than it is to chase, though, so it will be interesting to see what happens. The team is working well, the car is great and the track is amazing. It's awesome.”
Macrow was philosophical about qualifying second once again, but said that the mere fact they were on the money was a strong starting point to the year.
“I think we went a bit the wrong way from yesterday, the car wasn't quite as good,” he said, “But, really, I'm still very happy. Given we only did this deal to be here on Monday, to achieve what we have with a very limited amount of time is fantastic. Hopefully, we can keep this up for the rest of the weekend and have a good start to the championship. It's great to be here and back in a car. I'm having a heap of fun and really enjoying my driving.”
A last-minute improvement lifted AmPro Tools driver Mathew Sofi to third place, though some seven-tenths from Fosters impressive time. The top seven cars are split by under two seconds, indicating a close battle in Saturday's first twelve-lap race.
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