Steele and Hamilton-Smith on front row for Donington Park race one

02/04/2011 - Aaron Steele and Louis Hamilton-Smith set the fastest times of the day to take the front two places on the grid.

Aaron Steele and Louis Hamilton-Smith will both be on the front row for the start of the F3 Cup race one at Donington Park.

Steele was fastest throughout the qualifying session and set an excellent time of 1:03.80 to achieve pole position. However, after completeing thirteen laps, Steele pulled off the circuit at Redgate, in his Renault Sodemo powered Dallara F302, due to a battery problem.

Newcomer to the F3 Cup, Louis Hamilton-Smith, was chasing Steele down hard in qualifying, and as the session progressed, seconds were tumbling off Hamilton-Smith's lap times. On his thirteenth lap Hamilton-Smith set a time of 1:04.56, which resulted in him achieving the second fastest lap, behind Steele, and a place on the front row.

Chris Needham, in the DST Group Ltd entered Opel Spiess Dallara F302, continued his impressive form by qualifying third with a time of 1:06.38.

Fellow Class A competitor, Stuart Wiltshire, joins Needham on the second row of the grid after setting a time of 1:06.81 in his Renault Xtec powered Dallara F302. 

Dave Karaskas qualified fifth with a time of 1:07.24, and will line up on the third row just ahead of Richard Purcell, who set the sixth fastest time of 1:07.38.

On his eleventh lap Nick Robinson set his fastest time, and took seventh place, with a time of 1:08.56. Joining Robinson on the fourth row of the grid, after setting a time of 1:09.72, will be Mark Harrison in his Dallara F302/27.

With a time of 1:10.17 Class B runner, James Ledamun, qualified an impressive ninth place in his Toyota powered TOMS 036F, ahead of the Class A entries of Neil Harrison in tenth (1:11.47) and Philip Austion in eleventh (1:14.70). 

To download the Donington Park F3 Cup qualifying classification please CLICK HERE.