Qual: Piquet on pole at Spa

Nelson Angelo Piquet has set himself up perfectly to seal the British Formula 3 drivers' crown at Spa-Francorchamps tomorrow (Sunday). The Piquet Sports driver will start this afternoon's first race on pole position, shielded from his championship rivals by Euroseries guest star Nicolas Lapierre.

Qual: Piquet on pole at Spa

Piquet cannot mathematically sew up the championship in the first race, but a clean run will as good as get the job done. And with the finishing order determining the starting grid for tomorrow, pole position should have long-term benefits.

The Brazilian, under the eye of his father Nelson Senior for the first time this season, admitted to receiving an all-important tow on his best lap, which explains the gap of three-tenths of a second to the rest of the field despite a car that had looked shaky in Friday practice.

Lapierre, whose Signature team is entering the Spa race as a one-off, embarrassed regulars by going second-quickest, even though the team is not accustomed to running on Avon tyres. Lapierre is a former Macau and Korean Grand Prix winner, and could be a strong bet for the races given that Piquet will need to be cautious.



Adam Carroll, who has a dim hope of the title, will start third in his P1 Motorsport entry. James Rossiter, who is second in the points, starts seventh for Fortec.


Pos Driver Chassis-Engine Time
1 Nelson Angelo Piquet (Dallara-Mugen) 2m15.216s
Nicolas Lapierre (Dallara-Opel) +0.317s
Adam Carroll (Dallara-Mugen) +0.339s
Clivio Piccione (Dallara-Mugen) +0.924s
Danny Watts (Lola-Dome-Mugen) 0.970s
Fairuz Fauzy (Dallara-Mugen) +1.099s

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