Calado clinches maiden F3 poles

James Calado secured his maiden British Formula 3 pole positions by setting the two fastest times during qualifying on the new Silverstone Arena circuit this morning

Calado clinches maiden F3 poles

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed Carlin driver leapt to the top of the times in the second half of the session with a 1m53.198s best, to take pole for tomorrow's 40-minute feature race.

The 2009 Formula Renault UK runner-up then set another time within a tenth of his best to secure the top spot for this afternoon's first race.

Fellow Brit Oli Webb (Fortec) jumped into second late-on with a 1m53.483s lap, then improved to 1m53.329s on his final flying lap to also annex a front row start for races one and three.

Hitech's William Buller found himself mired in the midfield during the first half of the session, but sprang into life later on to go third quickest, just under three tenths adrift of pole and just over a tenth clear of fellow rookie Felipe Nasr (Raikkonen Robertson Racing).

The reigning Formula BMW Europe champion will be relieved with such a strong performance, after destroying his Dallara-Mercedes on the first flying lap during qualifying for the season opener at Oulton Park last month.

The Brazilian's Japanese team-mate Daisuke Nakajima, who is understood to be under investigation by the stewards for a yellow flag infringement during the session, produced his best lap right at the death to go fifth, just 0.009s quicker than Hitech's Gabriel Dias. The 2009 National Class runner-up annexed both pole positions during the fast half of the session, but slipped down the order as others improved and he didn't on a second set of new slick tyres.

Championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne struggled with traffic during the quicker second part of the session and wound up only eighth fastest, sandwiched by seventh placed team-mate Adriano Buzaid and Raikkonen Robertson's Carlos Huertas.

Rupert Svendsen-Cook (Carlin), the only man other than Vergne to win a race at Oulton last month, rounded out the top 10, just ahead of team-mates Jazeman Jaafar and Lucas Foresti.

Leading F3 Euro Series squad ART struggled badly in qualifying. Mexican Esteban Gutierrez wound up 13th, just ahead of team-mate and 2008 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner Alexander Sims, who improved to a time 1.1s off the pace on his final flying lap.

T-Sport's Menasheh Idafar was the fastest National Class runner. The British-born Bahraini went 17th fastest, 1.205s off pole and 0.4s quicker than his International Class team-mate Alex Brundle (18th).

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap 1. James Calado Carlin D/V 1m53.198s 2. Oli Webb Fortec D/M 1m53.329s +0.131 3. William Buller Hitech D/V 1m53.496s +0.298 4. Luiz Felipe Nasr Raikkonen D/M 1m53.602s +0.404 5. Daisuke Nakajima Raikkonen D/M 1m53.636s +0.438 6. Gabriel Dias Hitech D/V 1m53.645s +0.447 7. Adriano Buzaid Carlin D/V 1m53.649s +0.451 8. Jean-Eric Vergne Carlin D/V 1m53.687s +0.489 9. Carlos Huertas Raikkonen D/M 1m53.839s +0.641 10. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin D/V 1m53.961s +0.763 11. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin D/V 1m53.999s +0.801 12. Lucas Foresti Carlin D/V 1m54.055s +0.857 13. Esteban Gutierrez ART D/M 1m54.209s +1.011 14. Alexander Sims ART D/M 1m54.303s +1.105 15. Hywel Lloyd CF/Manor D/M 1m54.346s +1.148 16. Daniel McKenzie Fortec D/M 1m54.489s +1.291 17. Menasheh Idafar T-Sport D/H 1m54.493s +1.295 18. Alex Brundle T-Sport D/V 1m54.813s +1.615 19. Rio Haryanto CF/Manor D/M 1m55.381s +2.183 20. Maxim Snegirev Fortec D/M 1m55.622s +2.424 21. Jay Bridger Litespeed D/M 1m55.782s +2.584 22. James Cole T-Sport D/H 1m56.323s +3.125 23. Jim Pla ART D/M 1m56.376s +3.178 24. Luiz Razia West-Tec D/H 1m56.435s +3.237 25. Adderly Fong Sino Vision D/M 1m57.232s +4.034 26. Kevin Chen Sino Vision D/M 1m59.531s +6.333 
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