Nasr and Svendsen-Cook on Donington poles
24 September 2011 – British F3 Champion Felipe Nasr topped the timesheets at Donington Park on Saturday morning. With a best lap time of 1:23.012, the Brazilian led the way from Britain’s Jack Harvey as the Carlin team locks out the first five grid positions.
With a driver’s fastest time contributing towards the Race 3 grid and his second best determining starting position for today’s first race, Nasr did enough to seal the former and will also enjoy a prize drive in the Daytona 24 Hour race as a result, while team-mate Rupert Svendsen-Cook took pole for the opener.
Harvey grabbed a couple of second places but could have gone quicker, had the red flags not flown when he was quickest through Sector 1 on his final flying lap.
Behind the dominant Carlin quintet, the Double R cars of Pipo Derani and GP3 Champion Valtteri Bottas were sixth and seventh as Jazeman Jaafar, Will Buller and Scott Pye rounded out the top ten for Carlin, Fortec and Double R respectively.
“It’s very special, I am a big fan of US racing,” said pole man Nasr of his Daytona award. “I have never driven anything like one of the prototypes; it will be interesting and a great opportunity to get to know the people, how it all works and the track of course - a great experience.”
Donington's first race starts at 3:40pm local time (BST)