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Returnee Watts on Thruxton pole

Danny Watts clinched pole position on his Formula Three comeback at Thruxton this morning

Watts, racing for champions Double R this weekend, was the only driver to break the 1:07 barrier when he bettered Oliver Jarvis' time with eight minutes of the session remaining.

Bruno Senna kept his hopes of finishing second in the championship alive by qualifying just behind Jarvis in third, while Maro Engel finished up fourth after setting the pace early in the session.

Recently crowned champion Mike Conway could only manage sixth fastest.

Formula Three debutants Greg and Leo Mansell ended their first qualifying session in 12th and 15th places respectively, while fellow Formula BMW graduate Oliver Turvey qualified 19th.

The fastest National Class runner was again Rodolfo Gonzalez, in thirteenth place.

Qualifying times:

Pos  Driver              Make                              Time
 1.  Danny Watts         Dallara F306 Mercedes         1:06.932    
 2.  Oliver Jarvis       Dallara F306 Mugen-Honda      1:07.046  + 0.114
 3.  Bruno Senna         Dallara F306 Mercedes HWA     1:07.282  + 0.350
 4.  Maro Engel          Dallara F306 Mugen-Honda      1:07.500  + 0.568
 5.  Stephen Jelley      Dallara F306 Mercedes HWA     1:07.736  + 0.804
 6.  Mike Conway         Dallara F306 Mercedes HWA     1:07.756  + 0.824
 7.  Yelmer Buurman      Dallara F306 Mercedes HWA     1:07.788  + 0.856
 8.  Alberto Valerio     Dallara F306 Mugen-Honda      1:08.179  + 1.247
 9.  Jonathan Kennard    Dallara F306 Mugen-Honda      1:08.306  + 1.374
10.  Stuart Hall         Dallara F306 Mugen-Honda      1:08.320  + 1.388
11.  Christian Bakkerud  Dallara F306 Mugen-Honda      1:08.393  + 1.461
12.  Greg Mansell        Dallara F306 Mercedes         1:08.580  + 1.648
13.  Rodolfo Gonzalez    Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:08.752  + 1.820
14.  James Jakes         Dallara F306 Mercedes HWA     1:08.767  + 1.835
15.  Leo Mansell         Dallara F306 Mercedes         1:08.846  + 1.914
16.  Juho Annala         Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:08.990  + 2.058
17.  Keiko Ihara         Dallara F306 Mugen-Honda      1:09.867  + 2.935
18.  Cristiano Morgado   Lola-Dome F106/4 Mugen Honda  1:10.790  + 3.858
19.  Oliver Turvey       Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:11.684  + 4.752
20.  James Walker        Dallara F306 Mercedes HWA     1:11.919  + 4.987
21.  Alex Waters         Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:12.932  + 6.000
22.  Rodolfo Avila       Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      1:13.148  + 6.216

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