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Norris Dominates to take pole for BRDC British F3 at Rockingham

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Lando Norris continues his qualification domination by taking pole by 0.4 seconds over his teammate at a sunny Rockingham. Despite missing the last round, Norris keeps up his run of poles this weekend as he looks to convert for his second victory of the season.

As usual the Sean Walkinshaw Racing cars were the first to reach the end of the pitlane and as a result, Jan Jonck was immediately on the pace as the car’s warmed up in the opening laps.

With the times improving, the session came to an abrupt stop as Krishnaraaj Mahadik beached the car at Pif Paf with 10 minutes to go. The provisional times saw Norris on top of the timesheets with Thomas Randle only two tenths behind.

Mahadik was 18 out of the twenty runners and quickly fell to the back as the times improve. His weekend will once again be a hard-fought one as he will start race one and three from the back.

With six minutes to go, Norris’ time was first beaten by Matheus Leist as the Carlin Motorsport driver took his top spot back just a minute later, being the first driver under 1min 13.

Norris was soon joined at the front by his teammate and former championship rival Ricky Collard. A slow start to the session had seen him out of the line light, but with points leader Toby Sowery in the pits with a downshift problem, he knew a strong session was vital.

The times mostly stayed consistent for the closing few minutes as Norris held on take his second pole in two rounds. Collard lines up alongside him on the grid but was an outstanding 0.409 seconds behind his 1min 12.577.

In third, Leist will be hoping to add to his two wins he’s achieved already this season. Meanwhile, Randle will complete the second row after a strong session saw him beat out Aleksanteri Houvinen and Ameya Vaidyanathan.

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