Palmer claims maiden F2 pole

Jolyon Palmer snatched a last-gasp pole for the opening round of the Formula 2 season at Silverstone today

Palmer claims maiden F2 pole

Johan Jokinen and Dean Stoneman had contested the top spot throughout most of the half hour, but Palmer jumped from third to first with a final effort a tenth of a second quicker than Jokinen.

Philipp Eng was fourth fastest, ahead of series newcomers Sergei Afanasiev and Will Bratt.

Kazim Vasiliauskas, whose place in the series was only saved on Thursday, will start seventh, with Jack Clarke, Mihai Marinescu and Benjamin Lariche completing the top 10.

There were no stoppages during the session, the only incidents being a spin for Ajit Kumar and a trip through the gravel at Priory for Tom Gladdis.

Pos Driver Time Gap Laps 1. Jolyon Palmer 1m36.380s 16 2. Johan Jokinen 1m36.521s +0.141 14 3. Dean Stoneman 1m36.707s +0.327 14 4. Philipp Eng 1m37.056s +0.676 13 5. Sergei Afanasiev 1m37.088s +0.708 15 6. Will Bratt 1m37.390s +1.010 14 7. Kazim Vasiliauskas 1m37.468s +1.088 16 8. Jack Clarke 1m37.497s +1.117 15 9. Mihai Marinescu 1m37.531s +1.151 16 10. Benjamin Lariche 1m37.573s +1.193 14 11. Tom Gladdis 1m37.674s +1.294 15 12. Ivan Samarin 1m37.686s +1.306 13 13. Armaan Ebrahim 1m37.703s +1.323 13 14. Nicola de Marco 1m37.848s +1.468 15 15. Benjamin Bailly 1m38.219s +1.839 14 16. Paul Rees 1m38.297s +1.917 15 17. Kelvin Snoeks 1m38.425s +2.045 14 18. Ricardo Teixeira 1m38.490s +2.110 14 19. Natalia Kowalska 1m38.608s +2.228 12 20. Parthiva Sureshwaren 1m39.336s +2.956 14 21. Plamen Kralev 1m40.065s +3.685 15 22. Ajith Kumar 1m42.664s +6.284 13 
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