Stoneman seals Brands pole

Dean Stoneman converted his dominant practice form into pole position for Saturday's Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch

Stoneman seals Brands pole

The 19-year-old sealed his third pole position of the year by four tenths of a second from Sergei Afanasiev.

He will be looking to close the gap to championship leader Jolyon Palmer, who could only manage seventh on the grid.

Jack Clarke will start from the head of the second row, after holding provisional pole for much of the session by just 0.001s from Afanasiev before the late improvements.

Will Bratt will line up alongside Clarke, with Tom Gladdis fifth, Ivan Samarin sixth and Palmer making sure all five British drivers will start in the top seven for their home race.

Philipp Eng, Kazim Vasiliauskas and Nicola de Marco completed the top 10.

Benjamin Bailly's recent good form ended as he qualified down in 16th, just ahead of series debutant Julian Theobald.

The session was halted three minutes early when Plamen Kralev crashed at Stirlings. There was only time for one flying lap each after the restart, but there were no further improvements.

Pos Driver Time Gap Laps 1. Dean Stoneman 1m15.758s 16 2. Sergei Afanasiev 1m16.160s +0.402 18 3. Jack Clarke 1m16.234s +0.476 20 4. Will Bratt 1m16.267s +0.509 20 5. Tom Gladdis 1m16.336s +0.578 20 6. Ivan Samarin 1m16.357s +0.599 16 7. Jolyon Palmer 1m16.359s +0.601 20 8. Philipp Eng 1m16.407s +0.649 19 9. Kazim Vasiliauskas 1m16.566s +0.808 20 10. Nicola de Marco 1m16.613s +0.855 19 11. Ricardo Teixeira 1m16.686s +0.928 20 12. Armaan Ebrahim 1m16.842s +1.084 20 13. Benjamin Lariche 1m16.889s +1.131 17 14. Natalia Kowalska 1m16.996s +1.238 15 15. Mihai Marinescu 1m17.077s +1.319 19 16. Benjamin Bailly 1m17.262s +1.504 18 17. Julian Theobald 1m17.545s +1.787 18 18. Parthiva Sureshwaren 1m17.712s +1.954 17 19. Plamen Kralev 1m18.978s +3.220 13 
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