Brendon Hartley admitted his delight at securing his maiden F3 pole for the second race of the weekend at Croft.

After a disappointing opening session for the Carlin squad, the Red Bull backed New Zealander led the team's challenge on the second session to pick up his first pole position in the series.

As the opening 30 minute session drew to an end, Brendon Hartley was the quickest Carlin driver in sixth place, followed by Racing Steps Foundation Oliver Turvey in seventh. Sam Abay qualified ninth, just ahead of Oulton Park race winner Jaime Alguersuari. Andy Meyrick put in another impressive performance to take his third pole position in the National Class, over seven tenths ahead of the nearest National driver. Kristjan Einar will line up seventh for the National Class race.

Having adapted to changing track conditions and made various set-up changes the team were back on track for second qualifying session. In a disruptive session, Red Bull driver Brendon Hartley took his first F3 pole. Behind him, Turvey lay fourth, Abay fifth, and Alguersuari ninth. Carlin national class runner Andy Meyrick was also on form again, to make it four out of four pole positions so far. Kristjan Einar will start race two from seventh place.

"It was a good session; we improved the car significantly from the first run," Hartley said. "I think the team deserve praise for improving so much in second qualifying. There was a lot of improvement in the car but I was also pleased with my performance as I really put the sectors together - which I think helped us clinch pole position.

"It's nice that as a team we can bounce back from a disappointing position in first qualifying and see all the cars higher up the order for race two. It says a lot about how hard we are working as a team."

 

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