Parente Takes 2nd Knockhill Pole

Alvaro Parente notched up his fourth straight British F3 pole position, with yet another success in second qualifying at Knockhill today

Parente Takes 2nd Knockhill Pole

Carlin Motorsport's man played the wet conditions to perfection, and will now start both of tomorrow's races at the front.

T-Sport's Ryan Lewis was second fastest this time, after a session which started damp and got steadily wetter. It was the best qualifying performance of his Championship class career.

With only a narrow window to set times at the very start, Lewis fell just two thousandths of a second short of Parente. As the rain got worse it became almost impossible to improve times - a late burst of sunshine coming too late to dry the track.

Parente said: "In the beginning it was a bit drier. We got two quick laps in with no traffic. The car felt perfect and there was a lot of grip in the wet. Even the straights were flooded at the end of the session, and it would have been very hard to lower the times."

The Hitech Racing pair of Marko Asmer and Tim Bridgman will start third and fourth. Charlie Kimball (Carlin Motorsport) starts fifth, just ahead of series leader Mike Conway.

Lewis, Asmer, Bridgman and Kimball are all searching for their first win of the season.

Pos Driver Make-Engine Time Laps 1. Alvaro Parente Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 54.015 15 2. Ryan Lewis Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 54.017 + 0.002 21 3. Marko Asmer Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 54.255 + 0.240 21 4. Tim Bridgman Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 54.430 + 0.415 24  5. Charlie Kimball Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 54.503 + 0.488 22 6. Mike Conway Dallara Opel Spiess 54.514 + 0.499 17 7. Steven Kane Lola B05/30 Mugen-Honda 54.753 + 0.738 20 8. James Walker Dallara F305 Opel Spiess 54.820 + 0.805 18 9. Salvador Duran Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda 54.826 + 0.811 15 10. Bruno Senna Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 54.858 + 0.843 22 11. Josh Fisher Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda 54.960 + 0.945 22 12. Charlie Hollings Lola-Dome F106/4 Mugen Honda 54.972 + 0.957 25 13. Dan Clarke Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 55.147 + 1.132 21 14. Stephen Jelley Dallara F305 Opel Spiess 55.153 + 1.138 24 15. Danilo Dirani Lola B05/30 Mugen Honda 55.206 + 1.191 18 16. Christian Bakkerud Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 55.336 + 1.321 25 17. Barton Mawer Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda 55.647 + 1.632 26 18. Ronayne O'mahony Dallara F305 Opel Spiess 55.680 + 1.665 20 19. Jonathan Kennard Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda 55.920 + 1.905 21 20. Juho Annala Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda 56.407 + 2.392 20 21. Keiko Ihara Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 56.491 + 2.476 19 22. Nick Jones Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda 58.154 + 4.139 16 23. Cheong Lou Meng Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda 58.797 + 4.782 17 24. Ricardo Teixeira Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda 1:00.906 + 6.891 7 
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