Parente Grabs Pole at Croft

Portugal's Alvaro Parente has claimed pole position for this weekend's first British Formula Three race at Croft, after outpacing Fortec Motorsport's Mike Conway in Saturday morning's first qualifying session

Parente Grabs Pole at Croft

The Carlin Motorsport driver, who has not yet made a start in British F3 this season after the Spa-Francorchamps round was cancelled on his return to the series, edged out his closest rival by just 0.059 seconds.

There was little to separate the leading drivers, with third fastest Marko Asmer just 0.066 seconds off the pole position time in his Hitech Racing car.

Championship leader Danilo Dirani, who dominated the opening round of the series at Donington Park, was fifth fastest, just behind Christian Bakkerud.

The first session was red flagged just after 10 minutes when Josh Fisher of Team SWR suffered a hefty crash coming out of Sunny - knocking off both his front wheels and damaging his nose and rear wing.

"I spun coming out of Sunny and I missed all tyre barriers and went straight into the wall," said Fisher, who was given the all clear by the circuit's medical team. "The doctors said I am fine. I feel okay. I am just suffering from headaches now. It's a shame, because I was running really well before I went off."

Croft - British F3 First Qualifying

Pos Driver Make Time Laps 1. Alvaro Parente Dallara F305 1:14.251 14 2. Mike Conway Dallara Opel 1:14.310 + 0.059 12 3. Marko Asmer Dallara F305 1:14.317 + 0.066 14 4. Christian Bakkerud Dallara F305 1:14.643 + 0.392 13 5. Danilo Dirani Lola B05/30 1:14.667 + 0.416 14 6. Dan Clarke Dallara F305 1:14.784 + 0.533 12 7. Charlie Kimball Dallara F305 1:14.804 + 0.553 8 8. Bruno Senna Dallara F305 1:14.934 + 0.683 11 9. Steven Kane Lola B05/30 1:14.966 + 0.715 15 10. Tim Bridgman Dallara F305 1:15.030 + 0.779 14 11. James Walker Dallara F305 1:15.192 + 0.941 11 12. Charlie Hollings Lola-Dome F106/4 1:15.212 + 0.961 19 13. Ryan Lewis Dallara F305 1:15.396 + 1.145 15 14. Salvador Duran Dallara F304 1:15.515 + 1.264 7 15. Stephen Jelley Dallara F305 1:15.609 + 1.358 21 16. Barton Mawer Dallara F304 1:15.945 + 1.694 17 17. Juho Annala Dallara F304 1:16.038 + 1.787 15 18. Josh Fisher Dallara F304 1:16.056 + 1.805 8 19. Jonathan Kennard Dallara F304 1:16.204 + 1.953 16 20. Ronayne O'mahony Dallara F305 1:16.457 + 2.206 15 21. Keiko Ihara Dallara F305  1:16.527 + 2.276 21 22. Ricardo Teixeira Dallara F304 1:17.678 + 3.427 20 23. Nick Jones Dallara F304 1:18.061 + 3.810 20 24. Cheong Lou Meng Dallara F304 1:18.998 + 4.747 14 
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