Nasr and Foresti claim Oulton Park poles
23 April 2011 – Felipe Nasr and Lucas Foresti have secured the two pole positions on offer at Oulton Park on Saturday morning, with the Brazilian duo both setting late personal best efforts to ultimately come out on top in a session affected by two red flag periods. Foresti will start from pole for the first race, while Nasr will line up at the front of the grid for the third race after setting the outright fastest time.
The session got underway at a warm Oulton Park at 10:45am local time (BST), with the full field rushing out onto the circuit as soon as the green light was switched on at the end of the pit lane. Kevin Magnussen quickly moved to the top of the timing screens, although he was the cause of an early break in the session, after the Dane lost control of his car and caused enough damage to end his time on-track.
Soon after Magnussen's car was recovered to the pit lane, the track action began in earnest once again. However, it was not long before the red flag made another appearance, as Rupert Svendsen-Cook lost control of his car at Old Hall and forced a short stoppage. Nasr kept calm ahead of the session restart and set the fastest lap of the day on his 17th and final tour, edging out Foresti by a mere 0.005 seconds en route to pole for the third race on Monday afternoon.
This leaves an all-South American front row ahead of Menasheh Idafar and Jazeman Jaafar. Next up is Australia's Scott Pte, followed closely by Carlos Huertas. Fortec drivers William Buller and Harry Tincknell will line up alongside eachother, just ahead of Pietro Fantin and Rupert Svendsen-Cook who were the last of the top ten runners.
Idafar and Svendsen-Cook will form the second row of the grid for Race 1 (decided by drivers' second fastest laps in qualifying), while Nasr and Foresti who switch positions compared to the final race, while Jaafar and William line-up in fifth and sixth respectively. Harry Tincknell was narrowly behind as the third fastest Briton, with Kevin Magnussen, Scott Pye and Carlos Huertas rounding out the top ten.
Saturday's Race 1 gets underway at 3:10pm local time (BST)