Jamie Caroline Leads Carlin 1-2-3 in Narrow BRDC F3 Qualifying


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In only his second BRDC British F3 Championship weekend, Jamie Caroline took pole position around the Brands Hatch GP circuit, leading a Carlin 1-2-3 with teammate Billy Monger a personal best third.

The BRDC Superstar was setting the early pace, becoming the first driver to drop below the 1 minute 22 barrier. It would not be long before he was joined by the ever impressive Linus Lundqvist, unlike in practice though, it would be a lot tougher for the Swede to outdo his Carlin rival.

The duo had been the standout pair of the F4 British Championship last year and battles for pole position were common. Now, 10 months after their last real qualifying battle the heat was back on around Brands Hatch.

It would be a surprise name in the closing stages though, as Monger joined the scrap for pole. Under a tenth separated the three in the final five minutes as Lundqvist’s tyres were forced to admit defeat, pitting before the end.

A late red flag caused by a spinning Caroline, brought an end to proceedings, disadvantaging Monger on his hot lap.

Jamie Caroline thus took pole, while a lap moments before the red flag ensured he was joined by Nicolai Kjaergaard on the front row. This demoted Monger and Lundqvist to third and fourth respectively with 0.119 seconds between the quartet.

Fifth would go to Sun Yue Yang as the Chinese driver looked to repeat his form from Friday. Kush Maini was back on pace, going sixth, narrowly ahead of Krishnaraaj Mahadik who will be hoping to repeat his race win from last year. Tom Gamble settled for eighth.