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Turvey at the double at Spa.

Oliver Turvey made it two pole positions out of two at Spa after qualifying at the head of the field for the second British F3 International Series race of the weekend at the famous Belgian circuit.

The Carlin driver posted a time of 2mins 04.101secs during the session, which put him 1.2 seconds quicker than his qualifying times for race one pole time and 0.461 second ahead of second-placed Marcus Ericsson. Australian Sam Abay was an impressive 3rd just ahead of New Zealander Brendon Hartley as Carlin secured three of the top four places on the grid.

With the temperature at Spa 10 degrees lower than the first qualifying session, the expectation was for quicker lap times as the first of the drivers went out for the 30-minute session. Championship leader Sergio Perez set the early provisional pole time with a 2mins 16.176secs lap, three tenths quicker than Fortec ace Ericsson, John Martin and Atte Mustonen.

Perez improved his time by a further three tenths on the next lap before returning to the pits along with Ericsson, Martin and Mustonen. As the session continued Perez continued to hold the top spot while Oliver Oakes and Nick Tandy posted the second fastest times in quick succession.

At the halfway point Ericsson, who had rejoined the track, went 0.5 seconds quicker than Perez to stake his claim to the top spot with a 2mins 15.271secs, which was 0.1 seconds quicker than Turvey's round 15 pole time.

As the session entered the final ten minutes, the times continued to fall rapidly with John Martin and then Sam Abay posting the second fastest times of the session but then Sergio Perez became the first driver to post a sub 2m15s lap with a 2mins 14.955secs. Brendon Hartley then put in a 2min 14.936secs but his time at the top lasted no more than 30-seconds as first Sam Abay and then Oliver Turvey went quicker. Turvey then improved his time by a further two tenths on the next lap with a 2mins 14.101secs. Abay improved his time but stayed second but with less than eight minutes to go Ericsson moved ahead of the Australian to claim the front row position, with Nick Tandy improving to fourth to join Abay on the second row.

Yellow flags then came out at Pouhon as John Martin's Dallara came off the track, effectively ending any further attempts by drivers to improve their lap times for the rest of the session.

Jay Bridger was 19th overall to claim his fifth National Class pole of the season with Steven Guerrero and Stefan Wilson just behind him on the grid.


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