Eng takes pole at Brands Hatch

Philipp Eng took his maiden Formula 2 pole position at Brands Hatch this afternoon after an exceptionally close qualifying session

Eng takes pole at Brands Hatch

The Austrian took the top spot away from Sebastian Hohenthal in the final 10 minutes, after the Swede had shown his first signs of front running form this season in the early part of the session.

Eng then survived a late onslaught of fastest times as Hohenthal and Andy Soucek also broke into the 1m17.4s, but his earlier effort was just fast enough to clinch pole as the top three were covered by 0.017s.

Henry Surtees set the fourth quickest time, with Mikhail Aleshin fifth and Kazim Vasiliauskas sixth.

Robert Wickens and Julien Jousse, who lie second and third in the standings behind Soucek, will fill row four for Saturday's first race, with Mirko Bortolotti and Milos Pavlovic completing the top 10.

Hohenthal, Bortolotti, Tobias Hegewald and Jack Clarke received warnings during the session for failing to respect the track limits.

Pos Driver Time Gap 1. Philipp Eng 1m17.445s 2. Andy Soucek 1m17.458s + 0.013s 3. Sebastian Hohenthal 1m17.462s + 0.017s 4. Henry Surtees 1m17.547s + 0.102s 5. Mikhail Aleshin 1m17.660s + 0.215s 6. Kazim Vasiliauskas 1m17.665s + 0.220s 7. Robert Wickens 1m17.723s + 0.278s 8. Julien Jousse 1m17.749s + 0.304s 9. Mirko Bortolotti 1m17.753s + 0.308s 10. Milos Pavlovic 1m17.816s + 0.371s 11. Carlos Iaconelli 1m17.896s + 0.451s 12. Edoardo Piscopo 1m17.931s + 0.486s 13. Jolyon Palmer 1m17.936s + 0.491s 14. Nicola De Marco 1m18.031s + 0.586s 15. Henri Karjalainen 1m18.101s + 0.656s 16. Jack Clarke 1m18.396s + 0.951s 17. Alex Brundle 1m18.433s + 0.988s 18. Tobias Hegewald 1m18.448s + 1.003s 19. German Sanchez 1m18.470s + 1.025s 20. Armaan Ebrahim 1m18.483s + 1.038s 21. Natacha Gachnang 1m18.532s + 1.087s 22. Tom Gladdis 1m18.662s + 1.217s 23. Jason Moore 1m18.671s + 1.226s 24. Jens Hoing 1m19.024s + 1.579s 25. Pietro Gandolfi 1m20.132s + 2.687s 
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