Jack Harvey takes double Snetterton Formula 3 pole

Jack Harvey looks in good shape to return to the top of the British Formula 3 International Series points table after taking a double pole position for this weekend's races at Snetterton

Jack Harvey takes double Snetterton Formula 3 pole

Harvey, who trails Spa winner Felix Serralles by four points, was fastest almost throughout, although on the second set of tyres the chasing pack made inroads into the Englishman's advantage. Harvey's own best time on his second set was enough to close out Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr by just 0.011 seconds.

"It got mightily close in the end!" he said. "But being good on the first set of tyres helped us out - to be fair I've been able to do that all year."

Sainz remarked: "It is so close it is impossible to imagine!" and felt that he could have been a touch faster had he not encountered a National Class car on his fastest lap. The Spaniard's second-fastest lap was good enough only for fifth on the grid for Saturday afternoon's opening race.

Series leader Serralles will start alongside Harvey at the front this afternoon, but qualified fourth for Sunday's race in his Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes. He was pipped for fastest Fortec time by Alex Lynn, who lines up third for both races and felt a front-row slot was on if he had not locked up into Russell on his best lap.

Jazeman Jaafar, the other title contender, is alongside Lynn on the second row for Saturday's race in his Carlin machine, although was edged down to sixth by Harry Tincknell for Sunday's race.

A late improvement by Adderly Fong allowed the Chinese driver to pip Pedro Pablo Calbimonte for Sunday's National Class pole by just 0.003s in his CF Racing Dallara, although the Bolivian T-Sport driver remained on top for Saturday's race.

Race one grid: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Jack Harvey Carlin Dallara-VW 1m41.270s 2. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m41.377s + 0.107s 3. Alex Lynn Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m41.420s + 0.150s 4. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Dallara-VW 1m41.524s + 0.254s 5. Carlos Sainz Jr Carlin Dallara-VW 1m41.610s + 0.340s 6. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW 1m41.707s + 0.437s 7. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m41.932s + 0.662s 8. Pietro Fantin Carlin Dallara-VW 1m41.959s + 0.689s 9. Hannes van Asseldonk Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m42.109s + 0.839s 10. Fahmi Ilyas Double R Dallara-Merc 1m42.453s + 1.183s 11. Geoff Uhrhane Double R Dallara-Mugen 1m42.493s + 1.223s 12. Nick McBride T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 1m42.515s + 1.245s 13. Pedro Pablo Calbimonte T-Sport Dallara-Mugen 1m44.124s + 2.854s 14. Adderly Fong CF Dallara-Mugen 1m44.277s + 3.007s 15. Duvashen Padayachee Double R Dallara-Mugen 1m44.406s + 3.136s 16. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Mugen 1m44.576s + 3.306s Race three grid: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Jack Harvey Carlin Dallara-VW 1m41.170s 2. Carlos Sainz Jr Carlin Dallara-VW 1m41.181s + 0.011s 3. Alex Lynn Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m41.295s + 0.125s 4. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m41.299s + 0.129s 5. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW 1m41.408s + 0.238s 6. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Dallara-VW 1m41.447s + 0.277s 7. Pipo Derani  Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m41.729s + 0.559s 8. Pietro Fantin Carlin Dallara-VW 1m41.930s + 0.760s 9. Hannes van Asseldonk Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m42.102s + 0.932s 10. Geoff Uhrhane Double R Dallara-Mugen 1m42.407s + 1.237s 11. Fahmi Ilyas Double R Dallara-Merc 1m42.410s + 1.240s 12. Nick McBride T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 1m42.514s + 1.344s 13. Adderly Fong CF Dallara-Mugen 1m43.845s + 2.675s 14. Pedro Pablo Calbimonte T-Sport Dallara-Mugen 1m43.848s + 2.678s 15. Duvashen Padayachee Double R Dallara-Mugen 1m43.980s + 2.810s 16. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Mugen 1m44.376s + 3.206s 
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