Oliver Turvey has taken his maiden pole position in the British F3 International Series after setting the pace in the opening qualifying session of the weekend at Spa.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver posted a best time of 2min 15.361secs during the session at the famous Ardennes circuit which allowed him to outpace Carlin team-mate Brendon Hartley by just 0.086secs.

Carlin enjoyed a session to remember with Jaime Alguersuari - currently level on points with Sergio Perez at the top of the standings - setting the third fastest time as the team locked out the top three places on the timesheets.

Indeed it could have been better for Trevor Carlin's eponymous squad had JTR's Nick Tandy not secured the fourth quickest time, as the Mygale man prevented Carlin from locking out the front two rows - demoting Sam Abay to fifth place. The young Australian will share row three with fellow Formula BMW graduate Marcus Ericsson, who was sixth quickest.

Double R duo John Martin and Atte Mustonen will share row four, with Michael Devaney and Perez completing the top ten. F3 Euroseries racer Daniel Campos-Hull just missed out on the top ten as the HBR Motorsport team takes on the British contingent for the weekend with the eleventh fastest time.

With main rival Andy Meyrick once again forced to miss the weekend, National Class points leader Jay Bridger was quickest of the National Class runners in a solid 14th place overall and was well clear of T-Sport's Salman al Khalifa - who will start 21st and was nearly a second behind. Steven Guerrero was third quickest of the National Class runners.

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