Thruxton qual 2: Salignon's first pole

Eric Salignon claimed the first pole position of his British Formula 3 career in the second qualifying session at Thruxton, although it was the second of the day for the Hitech team

Thruxton qual 2: Salignon's first pole

Engine supplier Renault couldn't match its dominance from the first qualifying session, as Mugen-Honda powered drivers found they could overcome any power deficits by use of an aerodynamic tow around the Thruxton circuit.

Salignon enjoyed a long battle for the top spot with championship leader Alan van der Merwe (Carlin), although in the end it was Fairuz Fauzy (Promatecme) who surprisingly crept in to claim second, demoting the championship leader to third.

Billy Asaro (Alan Docking Racing) qualified an excellent fourth, ahead of Adam Carroll (Menu)and Will Power (Fortec). Robert Dahlgren was seventh in the second Fortec, ahead of Jamie Green's Carlin machine.

Race one pole-sitter Danny Watts (Hitech) could only manage ninth this time around. The Briton went the wrong way on his set-up, and struggled to maximise the advantage of new tyres. He also failed to get a tow, costing him further ground to his rivals. The third Hitech driver, Andrew Thompson, qualified tenth, dropping Nelson Piquet Jr just out of the top ten.

Richard Antinucci was another who couldn't match his form from first qualifying. Promatecme's new driver could only manage 12th, although his replacement at Carlin, Michael Keohane, found himself down in 16th.

Ernesto Viso (P1 Motorsport) claimed his second pole of the day in the Scholarship class, once again chased by the T-Sport duo, with Karun Chandhok getting the better of team-mate Steven Kane.

Eric Salignon Hitech 1m07.369s
Fairuz Fauzy Promatecme 1m07.429s
Alan van der Merwe Carlin 1m07.466s
Billy Asaro Alan Docking Racing 1m07.678s
Adam Carroll Menu 1m07.699s
Will Power Fortec 1m07.705s
Robert Dahlgren Fortec 1m07.749s
Jamie Green Carlin 1m07.821s
Danny Watts Hitech 1m07.869s
Andrew Thompson Hitech 1m07.919s

Ernesto Viso P1 Motorsport 1m08.194s
Karun Chandhok T-Sport 1m08.387s
Steven Kane T-Sport 1m08.737s

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