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Carroll claims sprint race pole

Adam CarrollAdam Carroll boosted Ireland's chances of winning the A1GP title this weekend by taking pole position for Sunday's sprint race at Brands Hatch.

The former GP2 race winner put in a spectacular lap in the second segment of qualifying, as he topped the timesheet despite not using his power boost.

Salvador Duran put Mexico on the front row thanks to using his boost, which put him ahead of free practice pace setter Jeroen Bleekemolen for the Netherlands who, like Carroll, opted to save his one lap of boost for feature race qualifying.

Several more cars behind Bleekemolen also used their power boost, and Team USA rookie JR Hildebrand led the chasing pack as he gave the Andretti-Green-run squad its best qualifying result of the season with fourth place.

Portugal made the top five as it bids to snatch the title away from leaders Switzerland and Ireland, while Earl Bamber took sixth for New Zealand.

Behind India in seventh, Neel Jani's tough weekend continued and he could only manage eighth place without the benefit of power boost. One of the stars of the session will line up behind the defending champion, as Indonesia used its power boost to take ninth place with Satrio Hermanto.

Hermanto may have been slightly responsible for so many teams choosing to use their power boost for the sprint race sessions, as he went out early and initially put his car on the front row of the grid.

Team Great Britain's fortunes seemed set to change after Q1 when Dan Clarke put the home team third. However, he was the only driver not to improve in Q2, which dropped him down to 13th place.

Pos Driver                  Team               Time          Gap
 1. Adam Carroll            Ireland            1m11.615s
 2. Salvador Duran          Mexico             1m11.653s  +0.038
 3. Jeroen Bleekemolen      Netherlands        1m11.992s  +0.377
 4. JR Hildebrand           USA                1m11.994s  +0.379
 5. Fiipe Albuquerque       Portugal           1m12.040s  +0.425
 6. Earl Bamber             New Zealand        1m12.108s  +0.493
 7. Narain Karthikeyan      India              1m12.109s  +0.494
 8. Neel Jani               Switzerland        1m12.212s  +0.597
 9. Satrio Hermanto         Indonesia          1m12.658s  +1.043
10. John Martin             Australia          1m12.745s  +1.130
11. Daniel Morad            Lebanon            1m12.889s  +1.274
12. Nicolas Prost           France             1m13.011s  +1.396
13. Dan Clarke              Great Britain      1m13.019s  +1.404
14. Clivio Piccione         Monaco             1m13.260s  +1.645
15. Michael Ammermuller     Germany            1m13.329s  +1.714
16. Vitantonio Liuzzi       Italy              1m13.549s  +1.934
17. Felipe Guimaraes        Brazil             1m13.584s  +1.969
18. Aaron Lim               Malaysia           1m13.686s  +2.071
19. Alan van der Merwe      South Africa       1m13.854s  +2.239
20. Franky Cheng            China              1m13.861s  +2.246
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