Northampton based Fortec Motorsport secured a lockout of the front-row during qualifying for Rounds Thirteen and Fourteen of the 2011 Formula 2.0 UK Championship at their local circuit Silverstone, with championship leader Alex Lynn taking a double pole position, with Felix Serralles alongside him for the opening race around the Grand Prix circuit.
The thirty minute session saw the driver's best time set the grid for the opening race and their second fastest time set the grid for the second encounter. Lynn continued his domination of the 2011 campaign with an assured performance in the session, leading the way throughout, setting a best time of 1min 59.349s, making it nine poles this season for him.
Lynn said: “It was a pretty good session to be fair. I felt quite comfortable throughout and the car felt really good, I'm just looking forward to the race now. I'm going to give tomorrow my best shot, as I know that it is important to keep the points rolling in.”
Puerto Rican Serralles had a successful day too, finishing up 0.470s adrift of Lynn to take second on the grid for the opener. His next best time put him fourth on the grid for the second race.
Serralles commented: “I am happy to take second. I struggled a little bit with my first set of tyres but the second set felt really good and I was able to put in a competitive lap. Unfortunately I caught some traffic which was a bit disappointing as I felt that we could have gone a little quicker.”
Leading the way once again for Atech Reid GP was Tio Ellinas, the first year Formula Renault driver having gone quickest in Friday testing. Unable to quite match that pace in qualifying, the Cypriot had to settle for third pn the grid for the opener, but will start the second race from the front row.
Ellinas reflected: “The session went quite well for me today. Since the start of yesterday I have felt very confident that I could perform well here in qualifying as we were fastest by four tenths. The track has changed a lot since yesterday so we have to make some slight changes on the car and be strong from the start of the race.”
Racing Steps Foundation backed driver Oliver Rowland also had a good session, the Fortec Motorsport driver setting a best time of 2min 00.125s to finish up fourth, the fastest of the Graduate Cup entrants. He will line up third for the second encounter.
Rowland added: “It was quite difficult to go out straight away on new tyres today as the track had changed since yesterday's session. It took until the second set of tyres to set some competitive times. I got the most out of the car that I could at the time but feel we should've been four tenth's quicker, had I been able to get a cleaner lap.”
The weekend's first race will see Mark Burdett Motorsport's Daniel Cammish line up fifth, ahead of Fortec's Mitchell Gilbert, the Australian getting back into the swing of things after missing the last round with food poisoning. Pole-sitter last time out at Snetterton Jordan King starts seventh for Manor Competition ahead of Jack Hawksworth, Josh Hill, Oscar King, Dan Wells, Alice Powell and Pedro Pablo Calbimonte.
Fifth for the second race will once again be Cammish, ahead of Jordan King, Gilbert, Hawksworth, Hill, Oscar King, Powell, Wells and Calbimonte.
Full qualifying results can be found at: http://wsr.alkamelsystems.com/