Sowery streaks to Silverstone pole
Tricky Silverstone conditions greeted the start of the second qualifying session of the year, but Toby Sowery was unmatched to claim his second successive pole position.
Tricky Silverstone conditions greeted the start of the second qualifying session of the year, but Toby Sowery was once again unmatched as he claimed his second successive pole position.
The battle for second was fiercely-contested, with Lee Morgan, Henry Chart, Louis Hamilton-Smith and Tristan Cliffe all vying to join him on the front-row, but it was Morgan who stole it with his final lap of the session.
Hamilton-Smith had been the early pacesetter, opting to begin the session with slicks. Sowery and Cliffe both pitted after their out lap to despatch with their wets, and Louis Hamilton-Smith proved their decision was the correct one by clearing the first competitive wet time.
Sowery was soon up to speed on his slicks and was the first to dip under the two-minute 10 second mark, but a moment at Brooklands a few impressive flying laps later prompted him to call an early end to his session. He pitted with a 3.4-second advantage with a 2:05.610s, but the fight for second was only just beginning to heat up.
Chart had stayed out on wets and earlier matched Hamilton-Smith's times, but he pitted at the halfway mark for slicks as Morgan was bringing himself into contention. Chart's first flying lap on slicks was straight on the pace of Morgan, and the pair traded times as they closed in on Hamilton-Smith's second-place benchmark.
Chart was first to beat it and claim a provisional second until Morgan came round to go 0.7s faster to steal second and move Chart back to third.
Hamilton-Smith called an end to his session with three minutes still to run, but his second-place start became a fifth place as Cliffe too improved after a quiet session by his standards. Cliffe jumped to fourth with the session's final flyer.
Stuart Wiltshire started the session on slicks and spent much of it improving his times. The Gale Force Racing pedaler rounds out the top six, over three seconds faster than his team-mate Nick Robinson. Both improved with their last lap as the track dried, Robinson demoting Harrison to eighth in doing so. Harrison installed a new engine in his Dallara as late as Thursday following his blow-up in testing at Snetterton.
Tony Bishop, who's also racing at Donington Park in Monoposto this weekend, will start ninth.
Silverstone GP round three qualifying top six
- Toby Sowery - Lanan Racing - 2:05.610
- Lee Morgan - Grays Motorsport - +1.651s
- Henry Chart - Enigma Motorsport - +2.395s
- Tristan Cliffe - Omicron Motorsport - +2.600s
- Louis Hamilton-Smith - Jigsaw Motorsport - +3.468s
- Stuart Wiltshire - Gale Force Racing - +8.146s
Round three starts at 17:30. Follow @F3 Cup for live updates.
Photo credit Jonathan Hatfield / JDH Motorsport Photography