Das Sparkles in Inaugural British F3 Qualifying at Oulton Park

Cameron Das (USA) will line up on pole for the first BRDC F3 race of the season (Credit: JEP)

Cameron Das will line up on pole in BRDC British F3 after a late spur of pace saw him claim top spot at Oulton Park. The result sees the US F4 champion pick-up where he left off at the back-end of last season.

As the session progressed, Toby Sowery had worked his way to the top, being the first driver to drop below the 1 minute 31 second mark. As the time counted down, second place James Pull veered off into the pits, putting his position under threat from those behind.

It proved to be the case as Ben Hingeley immediately relegated the British F4 graduate. His teammate Nicolai Kjaergaard also moved himself into contention as the two other Carlin‘s stayed parked in the pits.

With half the session complete, Enaam Ahmed finally emerged from the pits, going top with his first competitive lap. Sowery immediately responded.

Three minutes later, the final Carlin car of Cameron Das showed his hand, eventually going top. It would be a position he’d eventually keep as the flag dropped, giving the American the years first pole.

Sowery eventually clambered his way back up to second as Ahmed and Hingeley locked out the second row. Second to fourth was split by under one tenth of a second as early pace setter Pull dropped down to fifth.

Harry Hayek will line up as best of the rest in sixth having been within 0.02 sec of Pull, ensuring the overall pace of the Double R Racing car. The remainder of the field was outside 1 min 30 sec, as Omar Ismail surprised many with a seventh place, in front of Petru Florescu.