Carroll takes double pole for Ireland

Adam Carroll completed a qualifying double for title-chasing Team Ireland with pole position for the feature race at Brands Hatch this weekend

Carroll takes double pole for Ireland

The Irish car was second to title rival Switzerland in the first part of feature race qualifying, as Neel Jani gambled on using new tyres and power boost earlier than his rivals.

However, when Carroll used his power boost in the final part of qualifying, he blitzed Jani's time, as well as that of Clivio Piccione, who had briefly put Monaco on pole.

"We had a difficult morning today, so we just had to have faith in the new tyres," said Carroll. "This is a great start to the weekend."

Piccione will start from the front row alongside Carroll, while Jeroen Bleekemolen couldn't repeat his practice form and had to settle for third place.

Jani, who ended his day in the gravel at Druids after an off at the start of his final flying lap, will start fourth, while France and New Zealand will share the third row.

Behind the top six, John Martin put Australia up to seventh with a late charge, while China took eighth with Franky Cheng, ahead of title outsider Filipe Albuquerque in the Portuguese car.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Adam Carroll Ireland 1m10.902s 2. Clivio Piccione Monaco 1m11.085s +0.183 3. Jeroen Bleekemolen Netherlands 1m11.146s +0.244 4. Neel Jani Switzerland 1m11.338s +0.436 5. Nicolas Prost France 1m11.543s +0.641 6. Earl Bamber New Zealand 1m11.633s +0.731 7. John Martin Australia 1m11.930s +1.028 8. Cheng Cong Fu China 1m12.180s +1.278 9. Filipe Albuquerque Portugal 1m12.270s +1.368 10. Narain Karthikeyan India 1m12.397s +1.495 11. JR Hildebrand USA 1m12.662s +1.760 12. Alan van der Merwe South Africa 1m12.730s +1.828 13. Salvador Duran Mexico 1m12.740s +1.838 14. Dan Clarke Great Britain 1m12.756s +1.854 15. Daniel Morad Lebanon 1m12.766s +1.864 16. Michael Ammermuller Germany 1m12.797s +1.895 17. Felipe Guimaraes Brazil 1m13.048s +2.146 18. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy 1m13.131s +2.229 19. Satrio Hermanto Indonesia 1m13.560s +2.658 20. Aaron Lim Malaysia 1m14.203s +3.301 
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