Svendsen-Cook takes Brands poles

Rupert Svendsen-Cook claimed his maiden British Formula 3 pole positions from an incredibly tight qualifying session at Brands Hatch

Svendsen-Cook takes Brands poles

The Briton has started from reversed grid pole in the past, but this is the first time he has outqualified the field since graduating to F3 from Formula BMW in 2010.

Svendsen-Cook narrowly trailed his championship-leading Carlin team-mate Felipe Nasr for the first half of the session, but two late sub-1m17.8s laps of the Grand Prix circuit were good enough to bag him the top starting spot for this afternoon's first race and tomorrow's 40-minute feature event.

"It's fantastic to bounce back after a disappointing Snetterton," said the double poleman. "The car was fantastic and had really great balance. From the first lap on new tyres I knew I could take pole."

Nasr failed to improve on his second set of tyres and went off at Stirlings on his final flying lap of the session.

By this stage, the Brazilian had already been demoted to third by a stunning effort from Sino Vision's Adderly Fong, who produced his best qualifying performance yet to comfortably outpace team-mate Hywel Lloyd and set the second fastest time and earn a race three front row.

"I was expecting a good result, but that was a bit over my expectations!" said the Chinese team-owner/driver, who will start seventh for this afternoon's opening race.

Carlin's Carlos Huertas, Fortec team-mates Lucas Foresti and Will Buller, plus Hitech's Pietro Fantin were the last drivers to lap sub-1m18s, while Snetterton race winner Kevin Magnussen (Carlin), reigning British Formula Ford champion Scott Pye (Double R) and Carlin's Jazeman Jaafar rounded out a top 10 covered by just over half a second on the 2.4-mile circuit.

Huertas will join team-mate Svendsen-Cook on the front row for race one, on account of his second fastest time, ahead of Nasr, Buller, Jaafar and Foresti.

Fantin, Pye and Magnussen complete the top 10 order for the race one grid.

Grid for race one: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin Dallara-VW 1m17.763s 2. Carlos Huertas Carlin Dallara-VW 1m17.923s + 0.160s 3. Felipe Nasr Carlin Dallara-VW 1m17.924s + 0.161s 4. William Buller Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m17.964s + 0.201s 5. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Dallara-VW 1m18.155s + 0.392s 6. Lucas Foresti Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m18.156s + 0.393s 7. Adderly Fong Sino Vision Dallara-Merc 1m18.219s + 0.456s 8. Pietro Fantin Hitech Dallara-VW 1m18.268s + 0.505s 9. Scott Pye Double R Dallara-Merc 1m18.278s + 0.515s 10. Kevin Magnussen Carlin Dallara-VW 1m18.281s + 0.518s 11. Jack Harvey Carlin Dallara-VW 1m18.390s + 0.627s 12. Hywel Lloyd Sino Vision Dallara-Merc 1m18.768s + 1.005s 13. Menasheh Idafar T-Sport Dallara-VW 1m18.982s + 1.219s 14. Harry Tincknell Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m18.983s + 1.220s 15. Fahmi Ilyas Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m18.984s + 1.221s 16. Pipo Derani Double R Dallara-Merc 1m19.397s + 1.634s 17. Maxim Snegirev Hitech Dallara-VW 1m19.617s + 1.854s 18. Yann Cunha T-Sport Dallara-VW 1m19.693s + 1.930s 19. Bart Hylkema T-Sport Dallara-Mugen 1m20.791s + 3.028s 20. Kotaro Sakurai Hitech Dallara-Mugen Grid for race three: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin Dallara-VW 1m17.614s 2. Adderly Fong Sino Vision Dallara-Merc 1m17.796s + 0.182s 3. Felipe Nasr Carlin Dallara-VW 1m17.873s + 0.259s 4. Carlos Huertas Carlin Dallara-VW 1m17.892s + 0.278s 5. Lucas Foresti Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m17.904s + 0.290s 6. William Buller Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m17.938s + 0.324s 7. Pietro Fantin Hitech Dallara-VW 1m17.981s + 0.367s 8. Kevin Magnussen Carlin Dallara-VW 1m18.090s + 0.476s 9. Scott Pye Double R Dallara-Merc 1m18.140s + 0.526s 10. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Dallara-VW 1m18.148s + 0.534s 11. Jack Harvey Carlin Dallara-VW 1m18.341s + 0.727s 12. Hywel Lloyd Sino Vision Dallara-Merc 1m18.389s + 0.775s 13. Menasheh Idafar T-Sport Dallara-VW 1m18.736s + 1.122s 14. Harry Tincknell Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m18.905s + 1.291s 15. Fahmi Ilyas Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m18.931s + 1.317s 16. Pipo Derani Double R Dallara-Merc 1m19.239s + 1.625s 17. Maxim Snegirev Hitech Dallara-VW 1m19.356s + 1.742s 18. Yann Cunha T-Sport Dallara-VW 1m19.629s + 2.015s 19. Bart Hylkema T-Sport Dallara-Mugen 1m20.471s + 2.857s 20. Kotaro Sakurai Hitech Dallara-Mugen 1m23.903s + 6.289s Race 1 grid: Second-fastest qualifying times Race 2 grid: Race 1 finishing order with top 10 reversed Race 3 grid: Fastest qualifying times 
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