Steele grabs pole in wet qualifying at Brands Hatch

16/07.2011 - Kent driver Aaron Steele showed his class to grab pole position for both races at MSVR's Brands Hatch Indy Weekend.

16/07/2011 - Kent driver Aaron Steele showed his class to grab pole position in stunning fashion for both races at MSVR's Brands Hatch Indy Weekend.

The Rochester man, who has been the dominant force in this season's F3 Cup, set a blistering pace around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit to claim the all important pole position by 1.160 seconds from Matt Draper. Steele, winner from the last round at Spa, had opened up margin of 1.7 seconds, but a strong showing from Draper closed the gap and kept the local man on his toes.

Chris Needham impressed in the wet conditions as he secured third on the grid just a tenth of a second behind Draper. After a slow start to the session, Louis Hamilton-Smith joined Needham on row two.

Fellow Kent driver Mark Terry snatched fifth spot less then three hundredths of a second faster than Dave Karaskas, who had held fourth position for the majority of the session. F3 Cup debutant Robbie Watts was seventh fastest. Nick Robinson, Kat Impey and Stuart Wiltshire rounded out the top ten.

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Photos by Michael Lambert

Qualifying results top 10, Brands Hatch Indy Circuit:

1. A Steele, Dallara F302, 51.758s
2. M Draper, Dallara F304, +1.160s
3. C Needham, Dallara F302, +1.217s
4. L Hamilton-Smith, Dallara F301, +2.207s
5. M Terry, Dallara F302, +2.908s
6. D Karaskas, Dallara F300, +2.933s
7. R Watts, Lola F101/03, +3.728s
8. N Robinson, Dallara F302, +4.156s
9. K Impey, Dallara F302, +4.166s
10. S Wilthsire, Dallara F302, +4.753s