George Makes Bee Line For Pole Position
2016 Champion George Line returns to form to grab pole position for race one at Snetterton
Norfolk’s Snetterton circuit welcomes F3 Cup this weekend, with three races across the weekend set to have a huge effect on the tight championship standings.
This morning’s qualifying session took place under sunny skies, with the line up as published except for Roberto Tirone, whose engine let go in testing on Friday. The drivers swapped times throughout, with reigning champion Jacopo Sebastiani setting the pace early on.
As the laps notched up, the drivers took it in turns to top the table, with Cian Carey, Tony Bishop and George Line all holding the honours. The returning Robbie Watts suffered a throttle cable failure which cost him most of the session, but Team Fox Racing got straight to work. Likewise Shane Kelly called time on his session earlier than planned and would have to settle for sixth on the grid as his rivals increased their pace in the closing stages.
Ultimately it was 2016 Champion George Line who made a spectacular return to form to secure pole position. Speaking to commentator Matt Suckling after the session he said, “It’s definitely a late surge, shall we say! We struggled through the start [of the season] but we’re definitely going forward now, we’ve found a lot more pace. I’d like to say a big thank you to CF Racing because we’re definitely getting pace now, and to my sponsor Camozzi Pneumatics because I definitely wouldn’t be here without them.”
Tony Bishop managed to pip team mate Stuart Wiltshire to third on the very last lap. He commented, “It was a bit difficult to tell because I was out on my own! Two laps from the end I had a little spin so I just had the one chance at the end there. I think Snetterton is great, it’s got everything – slow corners, fast corners, the straights – it’s got it all.”
Wiltshire said, “It was a good end to the session, I found some space. I struggled earlier on with that to get a good lap in. It’s a long lap here so 15 minutes is only really seven or eight laps. I’m generally good starting to as long as I’m on the front two rows, I’m happy with that.”
Championship leader Cian Carey, fifth on the grid, said, “I just got caught in the traffic really. But, we can definitely fight from there. If we get a good start hopefully and then I think I’ve got the pace. I just need to get back to my usual routine and hopefully can clear a few of them off the line.”
F3 Cup’s first race of the weekend is at 16:05 today (Saturday 11th August) - head to www.f3cup.co.uk/LIVE for live timing and updates throughout.