Ricciardo claims Silverstone pole

Daniel Ricciardo struck the first blow in round eight of the British Formula 3 championship by claiming pole position for race one at Silverstone today

Ricciardo claims Silverstone pole

The points leader joined the action late, but once he left the pit lane the Australian dominated the session, setting five individual laps good enough for pole position.

The Red Bull-backed racer set an emphatic 1m14.783s best on his final flying lap to claim the top spot by 0.197s on a circuit that was clearly slower than yesterday, despite similar weather conditions.

"That's just the way I wanted to start the weekend," said the Carlin driver after claiming his fourth pole of the season. "It's a good couple of tenths gap and we'll see this afternoon if I can get a bit more.

"Touch wood this has been a good circuit for me the few times I've been here, but I'm not going to rest - we've got to keep pushing."

Max Chilton continued his strong Silverstone form and helped lock out the front row for his Carlin team by setting second fastest time.

The Briton won a duel with Hitech's Renger van der Zande for provisional pole in the early part of the session, before slipping back when Ricciardo took to the track. Chilton pipped van der Zande to the front row by just 0.019s - the Dutchman being the only other driver to dip below 1m15s.

Van der Zande's title challenging team-mate Walter Grubmuller made it an all-Hitech second row by setting fourth fastest time.

The Austrian does not like Silverstone and has been struggling so far this weekend - especially in the final sector of the lap. However, an engine switch and some head scratching overnight have enabled him to make a significant improvement relative to rivals.

Colombian rookie Carlos Huertas continued to show well for Double R and set fifth fastest time. He finished almost three tenths adrift of Grubmuller, but managed to edge out Carlin's Henry Arundel by 0.019s to head row three.

It is rare that reigning British Formula Ford champion Wayne Boyd should out qualify his T-Sport team-mate Adriano Buzaid, but he managed it here by setting seventh fastest time.

He was joined on row four by Fortec's Riki Christodoulou, who has been struggling this weekend. Buzaid rounded out the top 10 after being bumped down by a late lap from Daisuke Nakajima (Double R), which propelled the Japanese to ninth on the grid.

T-Sport's Gabriel Dias claimed the National Class pole in 14th place overall.

 Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap 1. Daniel Ricciardo Carlin D/V 1m14.783s 2. Max Chilton Carlin D/V 1m14.980s +0.197s 3. Renger van der Zande Hitech D/M 1m14.999s +0.216s 4. Walter Grubmuller CF D/M 1m15.075s +0.292s 5. Carlos Huertas Double R D/M 1m15.321s +0.538s 6. Henry Arundel Carlin D/V 1m15.340s +0.557s 7. Wayne Boyd T-Sport D/V 1m15.422s +0.639s 8. Riki Christodoulou Fortec D/M 1m15.442s +0.659s 9. Daisuke Nakajima Double R D/M 1m15.638s +0.855s 10. Adriano Buzaid T-Sport D/V 1m15.654s +0.871s 11. Philip Major Carlin D/V 1m15.679s +0.896s 12. Hywel Lloyd CF D/H 1m15.815s +1.032s 13. Victor Garcia Fortec D/M 1m16.044s +1.261s 14. Gabriel Dias T-Sport D/H 1m16.140s +1.357s 15. Daniel McKenzie Fortec D/H 1m16.360s +1.577s 16. Jay Bridger Litespeed M/M 1m16.528s +1.745s 17. Kevin Chen Double R D/M 1m16.928s +2.145s 18. Stephane Richelmi Barazi D/M 1m16.967s +2.184s 19. Michele Faccin West-Tec D/H 1m17.332s +2.549s 20. Victor Correa Litespeed S/H 1m18.563s +3.780s 21. Maxim Snegirev West-Tec D/H 1m18.615s +3.832s 22. Satrio Hermanto Litespeed S/H 1m18.371s +3.588s 
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