First F3 Pole for Kimball

Charlie Kimball bagged his first British Formula Three Championship pole position when he set the fastest time in the first of two qualifying sessions for tomorrow's two races at Thruxton

First F3 Pole for Kimball

On a dry, windy day at the fast Hampshire track, Kimball led a Carlin Motorsport blitz on the top times as the team put three cars in the top four places. The Californian Formula Ford graduate and F3 rookie put a rather hit and miss start to his first season in the series behind him to go fastest.

"It's been a long time since I've been up here," he admitted. "I'm very happy. It didn't feel like great lap, but they never do when they are."

Fortec's Mike Conway broke up the Carlin Dallara-Mugen dominance with second best time in his Opel-powered Dallara, with points leader Alvaro Parente third Carlin. Parente's recent pole-streak - he's started first in each of the last four races - is at an end.

Dane Christian Bakkerud was the third best Carlin runner in fourth spot ahead of Hitech pair Tim Bridgman and Marko Asmer. Bridgman - determined to break a run of unforced errors here outqualified his more consistent Estonian teammate.

Steven Kane and Danilo Dirani could only manage ninth and 10th best times in the two Lolas, though Charlie Hollings was the best of the National Class runners in his Lola-Dome, with 15th fastest time overall.

British F3 International - Thruxton Qualifying Round 5 (Race 9):

Pos  Driver              Make-Engine               Time             Laps
 1.  Charlie Kimball     Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda  1:07.140          10
 2.  Mike Conway         Dallara Opel Spiess       1:07.396 + 0.256  15
 3.  Alvaro Parente      Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda  1:07.534 + 0.394  16
 4.  Christian Bakkerud  Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda  1:07.585 + 0.445  15
 5.  Tim Bridgman        Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda  1:07.676 + 0.536  12
 6.  Marko Asmer         Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda  1:07.697 + 0.557  17
 7.  Ryan Lewis          Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda  1:07.827 + 0.687  14
 8.  James Walker        Dallara F305 Opel Spiess  1:07.970 + 0.830  21
 9.  Steven Kane         Lola B05/30 Mugen-Honda   1:07.993 + 0.853  19
10.  Danilo Dirani       Lola B05/30 Mugen Honda   1:08.012 + 0.872  11
11.  Dan Clarke          Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda  1:08.252 + 1.112  19
12.  Ronayne O'mahony    Dallara F305 Opel Spiess  1:08.385 + 1.245  22
13.  Stephen Jelley      Dallara F305 Opel Spiess  1:08.541 + 1.401  24
14.  Bruno Senna         Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda  1:08.631 + 1.491  21
15.  Charlie Hollings    Lola-Dome F106/4 Mugen H  1:08.641 + 1.501  22
16.  Jonathan Kennard    Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda  1:08.648 + 1.508  20
17.  Barton Mawer        Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda  1:08.751 + 1.611  19
18.  Salvador Duran      Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda  1:08.768 + 1.628  13
19.  Josh Fisher         Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda  1:09.044 + 1.904  18
20.  Juho Annala         Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda  1:09.149 + 2.009  16
21.  Ricardo Teixeira    Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda  1:10.573 + 3.433  21
22.  Keiko Ihara         Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda  1:10.638 + 3.498  14
23.  Nick Jones          Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda  1:11.332 + 4.192  18
24.  Cheong Lou Meng     Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda  1:12.521 + 5.381  23
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