Rockingham British F3: Sam MacLeod takes double pole
|By Scott Mitchell||Sunday, May 4th 2014, 11:19 GMT|
Sam MacLeod claimed both pole positions in the first qualifying session of the 2014 British Formula 3 season, edging Fortec team-mate Matt Rao at Rockingham.
MacLeod spent the entire session atop the times after posting a 1m19.053s during a flurry of laps at the beginning, with fellow British F3 rookie Rao slotting into second.
Formula Renault BARC race winner MacLeod failed to improve on his second batch of efforts but Rao closed to just 0.002s of his benchmark with around a third of the session remaining.
Despite the slim margin MacLeod opted to spend the closing minutes in the pits watching on, a decision justified as Rao proved unable to remove him from pole for races one and three.
The second race grid will be a partially-reserved race one finishing order as usual.
Andy Chang was third fastest, just under half a second behind the Fortec duo, despite missing most of the second half of the session after running wide at Brook and skating over the gravel before returning to the pits.
Martin Cao will join Chang on the second row for both races, ahead of Camren Kaminsky and Peter Li Zhi Chong.
The grid will grow to seven for the three races, with Alice Powell set to return from a Team GB skeleton team trial that meant she missed qualifying this morning.
Race one grid: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Sam MacLeod Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m19.069s 2. Matt Rao Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m19.249s +0.180s 3. Andy Chang Double R Dallara-Merc 1m19.600s +0.531s 4. Martin Cao Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m19.664s +0.595s 5. Camren Kaminsky Double R Dallara-Merc 1m20.039s +0.970s 6. Peter Li Carlin Dallara-VW 1m20.264s +1.195s 7. Alice Powell Carlin Dallara-VW Race three grid: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Sam MacLeod Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m19.053s 2. Matt Rao Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m19.055s +0.002s 3. Andy Chang Double R Dallara-Merc 1m19.515s +0.462s 4. Martin Cao Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m19.600s +0.547s 5. Camren Kaminsky Double R Dallara-Merc 1m19.898s +0.845s 6. Peter Li Carlin Dallara-VW 1m20.039s +0.986s 7. Alice Powell Carlin Dallara-VW