Pizzonia and Kiesa take Donington poles

Andrew Kirkaldy has proved the seriousness of his F3 comeback by starring in qualifying at Donington today. The Scot took a brace of second places for the double header tomorrow, to be the most consistently fast driver of the meeting so far

Pizzonia and Kiesa take Donington poles

The Scot had looked dangerous ever since testing last week, when he took his team Avanti Dallara to the fastest time. Antonio Pizzonia, now homing in to the title ever more closely, took pole for the first race, and third for the second race. RC Benetton's Nicolas Kiesa continued his steady rise to the top by taking pole for the second race and sixth in the first, while his Yugoslavian team-mate Milos Pavlovic scored a fifth and a fourth.

Pizzonia's main challenger for the title, Stewart's Tomas Scheckter looked less convincing than he has of late, and could only manage ninth on the grid for the first race, and seventh for the second. By contrast, his team-mate Narain Karthikeyan was an impressive third in the first session - though he slipped to tenth on the grid for the second race.

Gary Paffett took his customary pair of Scholarship Class poles, as he zeroes in on the class title. By now, only an act of God can stop the Englishman, and he could be taking the trophy home with him by Sunday evening if he can continue his clean sweep of the class.

Qualifying: race one
1 C Antonio Pizzonia BRA Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:28.698
22 C Andrew Kirkaldy GBR Dallara F300 Spiess-Opel 1:28.738
3 C Narain Karthikeyan IND Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:28.778
8 C Gianmaria Bruni ITA Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:28.860
11 C Milos Pavlovic YUG Dallara F300 Spiess-Opel 1:28.882
12 C Nicolas Kiesa DEN Dallara F300 Spiess-Opel 1:28.920
9 C Takuma Sato JPN Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:28.999
10 C Ben Collins GBR Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:29.023
4 C Tomas Scheckter RSA Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:29.053
17 C Martin O'Connell GBR Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:29.078
7 C Michael Bentwood GBR Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:29.208
6 C Andy Priaulx GBR Dallara F300 Renault 1:29.248
5 C Matthew Davies GBR Dallara F300 Renault 1:29.279
61 S Gary Paffett GBR Dallara F398 Renault 1:29.752
2 C Juan Manuel Lopez ARG Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:29.881
18 C Warren Carway IRL Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:30.268
55 S Atsushi Katsumata JPN Dallara F398 Toyota 1:30.456
16 C Tor Sriachavanon THA Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:30.841
51 S Christian Colombo ITA Dallara F398 Mugen-Honda 1:30.976
66 S Ryan Walker USA Dallara F398 Mugen-Honda 1:30.997
52 S Philip Hopkins GBR Dallara F398 Spiess-Opel 1:31.096
54 S Craig Fleming GBR Dallara F398 Mugen Honda 1:31.279
77 S Mark Mayall GBR Dallara F398 Mugen-Honda 1:31.665

Qualifying: race two
12 C Nicolas Kiesa DEN Dallara F300 Spiess-Opel 1:28.544
22 C Andrew Kirkaldy GBR Dallara F300 Spiess-Opel 1:28.559
1 C Antonio Pizzonia BRA Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:28.686
11 C Milos Pavlovic YUG Dallara F300 Spiess-Opel 1:28.786
9 C Takuma Sato JPN Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:28.804
8 C Gianmaria Bruni ITA Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:28.899
4 C Tomas Scheckter RSA Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:28.905
10 C Ben Collins GBR Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:28.939
7 C Michael Bentwood GBR Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:29.009
3 C Narain Karthikeyan IND Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:29.019
5 C Matthew Davies GBR Dallara F300 Renault 1:29.106
6 C Andy Priaulx GBR Dallara F300 Renault 1:29.164
2 C Juan Manuel Lopez ARG Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:29.474
17 C Martin O'Connell GBR Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:29.576
61 S Gary Paffett GBR Dallara F398 Renault 1:29.633
18 C Warren Carway IRL Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:29.803
16 C Tor Sriachavanon THA Dallara F300 Mugen-Honda 1:30.385
55 S Atsushi Katsumata JPN Dallara F398 Toyota 1:30.860
54 S Craig Fleming GBR Dallara F398 Mugen Honda 1:30.884
51 S Christian Colombo ITA Dallara F398 Mugen-Honda 1:31.143
66 S Ryan Walker USA Dallara F398 Mugen-Honda 1:31.253
52 S Philip Hopkins GBR Dallara F398 Spiess-Opel 1:31.607
77 S Mark Mayall GBR Dallara F398 Mugen-Honda 1:31.850


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