Dirani, Asmer Claim Poles at Donington

Danilo Dirani and Marko Asmer have each taken a pole and a second position in the first two qualifying sessions ahead of tomorrow's opening rounds of the British Formula Three series at Donington

Dirani, Asmer Claim Poles at Donington

Dirani took the first qualifying session with a time of 1 minute 2.784, just one hundredth of a second ahead of Estonian Marko Asmer. In the second session the pair switched places, with Asmer stopping the clock one tenth ahead with a time of 1 minute 3.094.

The Brazilian is leading the Lola fightback in the championship as one of only two non-Dallara chassis' in the series.

Mike Conway was consistent, placing third behind the front-running pair in both sessions, run under the pleasant, dry conditions that graced the circuit all day. The three drivers should be leading the challenge for the championship throughout the series.

None of the drivers reported any major problems with their cars other than Steven Kane in the second Lola, who had a gearbox problem in the first session and couldn't set a time before claiming sixth on the grid in the second session.

Susie Stoddart, who has enjoyed a heightened media profile going into the season, claimed 11th and 10th on the grid, while National Class honours were split between Josh Fisher in the first session and Barton Mawer in the second.

Most importantly from the team owners' perspectives was there were no off track incidents at all, which means that everyone will be able to race without carry any compromises in their cars tomorrow.

Qualifying - Round 1

Pos Cl. Driver              Team                          Time              Laps
 1.  C  Danilo Dirani       Lola B05/30 Mugen Honda       1:02.784           14
 2.  C  Marko Asmer         Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      1:02.794 + 0.010   26
 3.  C  Mike Conway         Dallara Opel Spiess           1:03.007 + 0.223   24
 4.  C  Daniel Clarke       Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      1:03.040 + 0.256   22
 5.  C  Bruno Senna         Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      1:03.052 + 0.268   13
 6.  C  Ryan Lewis          Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      1:03.239 + 0.455   25
 7.  C  Tim Bridgman        Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      1:03.262 + 0.478   24
 8.  C  James Walker        Dallara F305 Opel Spiess      1:03.411 + 0.627   22
 9.  C  Christian Bakkerud  Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      1:03.549 + 0.765   27
10.  C  Stephen Jelley      Dallara F305 Opel Spiess      1:03.576 + 0.792   26
11.  C  Susie Stoddart      Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      1:03.577 + 0.793   19
12.  N  Josh Fisher         Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:03.689 + 0.905   24
13.  C  Steven Kane         Lola B05/30 Mugen-Honda       1:03.718 + 0.934   16
14.  N  Barton Mawer        Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:03.783 + 0.999   27
15.  N  Suk Sandher         Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:03.864 + 1.080   16
16.  N  Salvador Duran      Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:03.899 + 1.115   20
17.  N  Charlie Hollings    Lola-Dome F106/4 Mugen Honda  1:03.920 + 1.136   23
18.  C  Ronayne O'mahony    Dallara F305 Opel Spiess      1:03.943 + 1.159   27
19.  N  Jonathan Kennard    Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:04.141 + 1.357   25
20.  N  Juho Annala         Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:04.143 + 1.359   24
21.  C  Keiko Ihara         Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      1:04.643 + 1.859   26
22.  N  Nick Jones          Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:05.379 + 2.595   26
23.  C  Charlie Kimball     Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      1:05.718 + 2.934    2
24.  N  Cheong Lou Meng     Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:06.391 + 3.607   22
25.  N  Ricardo Teixeira    Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:08.130 + 5.346   15

Qualifying - Round 2

Pos Cl. Driver              Team                          Time              Laps
 1.  C  Marko Asmer         Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      1:03.094           24
 2.  C  Danilo Dirani       Lola B05/30 Mugen Honda       1:03.212 + 0.118   23
 3.  C  Mike Conway         Dallara Opel Spiess           1:03.296 + 0.202   21
 4.  C  Daniel Clarke       Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      1:03.428 + 0.334   22
 5.  C  Charlie Kimball     Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      1:03.518 + 0.424   25
 6.  C  Steven Kane         Lola B05/30 Mugen-Honda       1:03.663 + 0.569   15
 7.  C  Christian Bakkerud  Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      1:03.669 + 0.575   23
 8.  C  James Walker        Dallara F305 Opel Spiess      1:03.738 + 0.644   23
 9.  C  Bruno Senna         Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      1:03.778 + 0.684   23
10.  C  Susie Stoddart      Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      1:03.794 + 0.700   21
11.  N  Barton Mawer        Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:03.841 + 0.747   24
12.  C  Ronayne O'mahony    Dallara F305 Opel Spiess      1:03.973 + 0.879   24
13.  C  Tim Bridgman        Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      1:04.044 + 0.950   24
14.  N  Salvador Duran      Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:04.170 + 1.076   23
15.  C  Ryan Lewis          Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      1:04.172 + 1.078   11
16.  N  Josh Fisher         Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:04.222 + 1.128   22
17.  N  Suk Sandher         Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:04.290 + 1.196   21
18.  N  Jonathan Kennard    Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:04.361 + 1.267   22
19.  N  Charlie Hollings    Lola-Dome F106/4 Mugen Honda  1:04.379 + 1.285   18
20.  C  Stephen Jelley      Dallara F305 Opel Spiess      1:04.399 + 1.305   23
21.  C  Keiko Ihara         Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      1:04.686 + 1.592   23
22.  N  Juho Annala         Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:04.691 + 1.597   19
23.  N  Nick Jones          Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:05.672 + 2.578   21
24.  N  Ricardo Teixeira    Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:06.963 + 3.869   17
25.  N  Cheong Lou Meng     Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:07.508 + 4.414    6

C = Championship
N = National
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