Steele and Needham set the pace in Silverstone qualifying

30/09/2011 - F3 Cup race winners Aaron Steele and Chris Needham claimed pole positions for the two races for the penultimate round of the series at Silverstone this weekend.

30/09/2011 - F3 Cup race winners Aaron Steele and Chris Needham claimed pole positions for the two races for the penultimate round of the series at Silverstone this weekend.

Steele, driving for Grays Motorsport, managed to deal with a huge 54 car entry taking part in qualifying around the Silverstone Arena Grand Prix circuit, to produce a lap nearly two seconds faster than nearest rival Chris Needham, who will start from pole in race two. Mark Harrison continued his impressive form by clinching third on the grid just ahead of Dave Karaskas. The F3 Cup will be joined by cars from the Monoposto Championship this weekend to create a bumper entry.

Steele lapped the 3.66 mile track setting a best time of 2.03.854 seconds which was 1.987 seconds faster than Needham. Harrison, who secured two podium finishes last time out at Anglesey, was only four tenths of a second adrift in third with Karaskas two tenths further back in fourth. Nick Robinson and Neil Harrison impressed as they will line up in sixth and seventh ahead of Phil Austin, Mark Terry, Stuart Wiltshire, debutant Chris Dittmann, James Ledamun and Kat Impey.

The second fastest times set the grid for race two and it was Needham, who secured the honour of pole position for race two ahead of Steele, Neil Harrison and Mark Harrison and Mark Terry.

F3 Cup Silverstone Race 1 Grid Top 10:

1. A Steele, Dallara F302, 2.03.854s
2. C. Needham, Dallara F302. +1.987s
3. M. Harrison, Dallara F302/4, +2.413s
4.  D. Karaskas, Dallara F300, +5.540s
5. N. Robinson, Dallara F302, +6.083s
6. N. Harrison, Dallara F302, +6.301s
7. P. Austin, Dallara F398, +6.942s
8. M Terry, Dallara F302, +7.045s
9. C. Dittmann, Dallara F301, +9.839s
10. S. Clegg, Dallara F301, +10.921s

The first of two F3 Cup races at Silverstone begin at 15.00. For full qualifying results please CLICK HERE.