Fantin claims both poles at Rockingham
3 September 2011 – Pietro Fantin grabbed both pole positions on offer with a stunning performance at Rockingham on Saturday, the Brazilian one of only two men to beat the 1:12.000 barrier in qualifying. The Hitech driver’s fastest time of 1:11.794 puts him at the front for Sunday’s final race, while his second fastest effort saw him seize the Race 1 pole.
"I didn’t imagine that it was going to be pole," said Fantin. "I knew that we were quick from testing yesterday but the car was mega and we found a brilliant setup, I also know what needs to be done at this track and felt confident in every corner. I’m really satisfied with the team’s performance so it feels good to be starting on the front row."
Joining Fantin at the front of the grid this afternoon will be compatriot and championship leader Felipe Nasr, while the latter's Carlin team-mates Kevin Magnussen and Rupert Svendsen-Cook form the second row. Jack Harvey and Jazeman Jaafar line up fifth and sixth, just ahead of Carlos Huertas and Harry Tincknell who complete the top eight.
For the third and final race tomorrow, determined by overall fastest times, Fantin and Nast will once again start from the front row, while Kevin Magnussen and Jazeman Jaafar start from third and fourth. Jack Harvey's continuing upward trend places him fifth, just ahead of Rupert Svendsen-Cook, Carlos Huertas and Harry Tincknell.
As usual, Sunday's second race will be formed in a semi-reverse order from the results of the opening 30-minute contest, with the higher finishing positions being swapped.
Race 1 begins at 2.50pm local time (BST)