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Engel on pole for Monza race 1

Maro Engel is set to get his season back on track after taking pole in the first British Formula 3 qualifying session at Monza today

The Carlin Motorsport driver has had a tough time of it lately, but bounced back from a particularly unhappy Snetterton to go quickest in a session dominated by drivers with experience of the Italian circuit.

Engel's fellow front-row man Stephen Jelley is a veteran of the series' 2005 visit to Monza, while in-form Atte Mustonen (Double R) had a test at the track during the winter. That means Sam Bird is the best of the true circuit rookies, having claimed fourth after topping the timesheets for quite some time at the beginning of the session.

The end of the session was quiet, with the top four parking in the pits to save adding any more wear to their tyres, which they will have to use in the race tomorrow.

Sergio Perez (T-Sport) snatched the National Class pole off Franky Cheng (Performance Racing) in the latter stages of the session.

Qualifying 1 results:

Pos  Driver             Chassis/Engine         Time
 1.  Maro Engel         Dallara/Mercedes       1:46.241
 2.  Stephen Jelley     Dallara/Mercedes       1:46.293  + 0.052
 3.  Atte Mustonen      Dallara/Mercedes       1:46.365  + 0.124
 4.  Sam Bird           Dallara/Mercedes       1:46.392  + 0.151
 5.  Marko Asmer        Dallara/Mercedes       1:46.574  + 0.333
 6.  S.Hohenthal        Dallara/Mercedes       1:46.672  + 0.431
 7.  Greg Mansell       Dallara/Mercedes       1:46.742  + 0.501
 8.  Jonathan Kennard   Dallara/Mercedes       1:47.018  + 0.777
 9.  Niall Breen        Dallara/Mercedes       1:47.106  + 0.865
10.  Alberto Valerio    Dallara/Mercedes       1:47.145  + 0.904
11.  E.Guerrieri        Mygale/Mercedes        1:47.329  + 1.088
12.  Sergio Perez       Dallara/Mugen-Honda    1:47.488  + 1.247
13.  John Martin        Dallara/Mugen-Honda    1:47.546  + 1.305
14.  W.Grubmuller       Dallara/Mercedes       1:47.563  + 1.322
15.  Rodolfo Gonzalez   Dallara/Mugen-Honda    1:47.684  + 1.443
16.  Mario Moraes       Dallara/Mercedes       1:47.688  + 1.447
17.  Cheng Cong Fu      Dallara/Mugen-Honda    1:47.739  + 1.498
18.  Michael Devaney    Mygale/Mercedes        1:47.771  + 1.530
19.  Max Chilton        Dallara/Mercedes       1:48.187  + 1.946
20.  Matteo Chinosi     Dallara/Mugen-Honda    1:48.316  + 2.075
21.  Leo Mansell        Dallara/Mercedes       1:48.463  + 2.222
22.  Ricardo Teixeira   Dallara/Mugen-Honda    1:48.747  + 2.506
23.  D.Muermans         Dallara/Opel           1:49.004  + 2.763
24.  Hamed Al Fardan    Dallara/Mugen-Honda    1:49.026  + 2.785
25.  Michael Meadows    Dallara/Mugen-Honda    1:49.039  + 2.798
26.  Juan P.Garcia      Lola-Dome/Mugen-Honda  1:49.060  + 2.819
27.  F.Glorioso         Dallara/Mugen-Honda    1:49.199  + 2.958
28.  Alex Waters        Dallara/Mugen-Honda    1:49.400  + 3.159
29.  Ali Jackson        Dallara/Mugen-Honda    1:49.674  + 3.433
30.  Sean Petterson     Lola/Mugen-Honda       1:49.973  + 3.732
31.  Viktor Jensen      Dallara/Mugen-Honda    1:50.003  + 3.762
32.  Alberto Costa      Dallara/Mugen-Honda    1:50.220  + 3.979

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