Sebastiani Secures GP Circuit Pole
Reigning champion Jacopo Sebastiani secured pole position in a very fast qualifying session this morning
F3 Cup’s second weekend of the 2018 season sees the championship arrive in Kent, at the iconic Brands Hatch. Racing on the hallowed GP circuit, the scene of infamous F1 and sports car battles over the years, F3 Cup has historically seen similarly close racing here and this weekend would be no exception.
With glorious sunshine forecast all weekend, the qualifying session kicked off early on Saturday morning. This year the drivers head out for qualifying in a predetermined order, and today it was the turn of University of Wolverhampton Racing’s Shane Kelly to lead the pack out of the pit lane. A number of new faces join the grid this weekend, including Martin Daly (father of Stephen, who won the second race of the year at Donington), Baptiste Leonard who last raced in F3 Cup last summer, and Tristan Charpentier, who is running his current spec BRDC British Formula 3 Championship car in the Invitation Class.
Stuart Wiltshire was the early pace setter, jumping to the top the table after just a few laps and holding on to the position even as the lap times fell around him.
As the times dropped into the 1m20s range, Kelly was able to jump to the top ahead of Sebastiani and Wiltshire but the top five traded pole position almost every time they crossed the line in the middle stages of the session. Cian Carey soon dropped into the 1m19 zone and was joined by Sebastiani, who just pipped him to pole position as the session ended. With the top four separated by just one second, the stage was set for an exciting first race.