F3 » 16 August 2008
Carlin takes double pole at Silverstone.
Carlin has secured a double pole for the latest rounds of the British F3 International Series at Silverstone after Oliver Turvey and Brendon Hartley took a pole apiece in qualifying.
Turvey took his third successive pole ahead of the opening race while Red Bull driver Hartley continued the strong form shown at Spa to qualify second, just one tenth of a second behind his team mate. Current championship leader Jaime Alguersuari will start the race from fifth place, while Sam Abay was tenth.
“I didn't have any lap times on my dash, so it was quite a relaxing session!” Turvey said. “I knew from my pit board that I was P1 for the majority of the session, and as long as that didn't change I just kept driving as quick as I could. Conditions were very different to this morning, I think the GT cars put down a lot of rubber, so the track was very different, but we dealt with it well.
“It was good to continue the form we had a Spa and be quickest in practice and then quickest in first qualifying. Hopefully we can continue to be at the front for the rest of the weekend.”
Hartley took Carlin's second pole position of the weekend as he set the pace ahead in qualifying for race two, while Turvey put in a last lap dash to take second on the grid, taking Carlin's second front row lock out of the weekend. Abay improved on his race one effort and will start sixth, with Alguersuari starting eighth as he seeks to extend his slender championship lead.
“I'm really pleased to have taken pole,” Hartley admitted. “I was a bit frustrated after the first session as I felt I didn't get the best lap together. Its good for my championship, I have the other championship contenders behind me, although I think its going to be quite a big battle between me and Oliver, with both of us on the front row for both races. I need to focus on finishing and winning both races, so there's quite a lot of pressure, but I need to make up for mistakes made earlier in the season.”
Team Principal Trevor Carlin was understandably pleased with the team's performance.
“The team did a great job in session one, and despite little practice time and changing conditions, all the drivers were on the pace,” he said. “Oliver is a pleasure to watch at the moment. He is driving brilliantly and is really getting a handle on F3 qualifying. To have three drivers in the top five is a good start to the weekend.
“I think the second qualifying session demonstrated just how competitive British F3 is this season. Brendon did a brilliant job; we saw the tables turned with Brendon putting together the big lap, although Oliver was very strong again. Sam was fifth for the majority of the session before falling to sixth in the final seconds, and did a great job to make steps forward since first qualifying.
“Having qualified eighth I think race two will be about damage limitation for Jaime, but overall we're looking good for the races tomorrow.”
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