Silverstone European F3: Harry Tincknell, Alex Lynn claim poles

Harry Tincknell and Alex Lynn led a British domination of Formula 3 European Championship qualifying at Silverstone as each took pole positions for this weekend's races

Silverstone European F3: Harry Tincknell, Alex Lynn claim poles

Carlin driver Tincknell was in a class of his own in the dry opening session that determined the grids for both of Saturday's races.

His 1m54.098s lap was easily enough to give the Dallara-Volkswagen driver pole for the opener by three tenths of a second from Lynn's Prema machine.

His second best lap was also faster than anybody else's best, ensuring he will also start from the front in race two.

With a brief but intense rain shower dousing the circuit during the short break between sessions, however, tyre choice became key for Q2.

While the whole field began the session on wets, a number of drivers - including Lynn and Tincknell's Carlin team-mate Jordan King - led the switch to slicks.

This paid dividends for Lynn as he took pole for Sunday's race in 2m03.859s with his final lap of the session to supplement his second and fourth grid spots for Saturday's races.

He was almost a second ahead of Prema team-mate Raffaele Marciello, who leads the championship. Mucke Motorsport's practice pace-setter Felix Rosenqvist was third.

Tincknell will start race three from seventh on the grid while Marciello's dry pace netted the Italian fourth and third spots for races one and two.

Pipo Derani's Q1 was affected when he was tagged by Sandro Zeller and lost the rear wing from his Fortec car, while Tom Blomqvist, 12th and 13th for Saturday's races, will start Sunday's encounter from the back of the grid after stopping on track early in Q2 and bringing out the red flags.

Race 1 grid: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW 1m54.098s 2. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc 1m54.421s + 0.323s 3. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m54.471s + 0.373s 4. Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 1m54.602s + 0.504s 5. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW 1m54.728s + 0.630s 6. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc 1m54.783s + 0.685s 7. Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc 1m54.832s + 0.734s 8. Will Buller T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 1m54.936s + 0.838s 9. Mans Grenhagen Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m54.977s + 0.879s 10. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m55.058s + 0.960s 11. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW 1m55.160s + 1.062s 12. Tom Blomqvist EuroIntern'l Dallara-Merc 1m55.300s + 1.202s 13. Sven Muller Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m55.348s + 1.250s 14. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m55.384s + 1.286s 15. Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc 1m55.481s + 1.383s 16. Josh Hill Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m55.628s + 1.530s 17. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m55.652s + 1.554s 18. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m55.677s + 1.579s 19. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW 1m55.719s + 1.621s 20. Michael Lewis Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m55.928s + 1.830s 21. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc 1m56.095s + 1.997s 22. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc 1m56.467s + 1.422s 23. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m56.725s + 2.133s 24. Gary Thompson Ferraris Dallara-Merc 1m56.807s + 4.643s 25. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 1m57.309s + 5.548s 26. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc 1m58.426s + 6.922s 27. Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m58.541s + 2.834s 28. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc 1m58.710s + 5.324s Race 2 grid:  Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW 1m54.129s 2. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m54.643s + 0.514s 3. Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 1m54.859s + 0.730s 4. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc 1m54.916s + 0.787s 5. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW 1m54.922s + 0.793s 6. Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc 1m54.991s + 0.862s 7. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc 1m55.064s + 0.935s 8. Will Buller T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 1m55.066s + 0.937s 9. Mans Grenhagen Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m55.128s + 0.999s 10. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m55.159s + 1.030s 11. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW 1m55.378s + 1.249s 12. Sven Muller Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m55.402s + 1.273s 13. Tom Blomqvist EuroIntern'l Dallara-Merc 1m55.405s + 1.276s 14. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m55.675s + 1.546s 15. Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc 1m55.687s + 1.558s 16. Josh Hill Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m55.699s + 1.570s 17. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m55.751s + 1.622s 18. Michael Lewis Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m55.969s + 1.840s 19. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m55.985s + 1.856s 20. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc 1m56.371s + 2.242s 21. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW 1m56.640s + 2.511s 22. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc 1m56.737s + 2.608s 23. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 1m57.427s + 3.298s 24. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc 1m58.794s + 4.665s 25. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m58.816s + 4.687s 26. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc 1m59.375s + 5.246s 27. Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m59.676s + 5.547s 28. Gary Thompson Ferraris Dallara-Merc 2m03.569s + 9.440s Race 3 grid:  Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap  1. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc 2m03.859s 2. Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 2m04.706s + 0.847s 3. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 2m04.821s + 0.962s 4. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW 2m05.084s + 1.225s 5. Will Buller T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 2m05.221s + 1.362s 6. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW 2m05.347s + 1.488s 7. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW 2m06.623s + 2.764s 8. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc 2m06.952s + 3.093s 9. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 2m07.149s + 3.290s 10. Sven Muller Ma-con Dallara-VW 2m07.605s + 3.746s 11. Gary Thompson Ferraris Dallara-Merc 2m07.823s + 3.964s 12. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW 2m08.173s + 4.314s 13. Michael Lewis Mucke Dallara-Merc 2m08.447s + 4.588s 14. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc 2m08.881s + 5.022s 15. Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc 2m08.953s + 5.094s 16. Josh Hill Fortec Dallara-Merc 2m09.033s + 5.174s 17. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 2m09.098s + 5.239s 18. Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc 2m09.607s + 5.748s 19. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc 2m09.949s + 6.090s 20. Mans Grenhagen Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 2m10.112s + 6.253s 21. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc 2m10.736s + 6.877s 22. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc 2m10.841s + 6.982s 23. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc 2m11.417s + 7.558s 24. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc 2m11.446s + 7.587s 25. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc 2m11.458s + 7.599s 26. Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW No time 27. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc No time 28. Tom Blomqvist EuroIntern'l Dallara-Merc No time 
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