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Latifi claims Spa-Francorchamps double pole

by Valentin Khorounzhiy

Photo: Stephane Ratel Organization

After posting the quickest time across the two practice sessions, Nicholas Latifi continued to be the pacesetter for the British Formula Three round at Spa-Francorchamps, taking double pole in qualifying.

It was a close fight for pole between the Carlin drivers, with Jordan King taking an early lead in the session. He maintained first place until he was dethroned by Latifi twenty minutes in, upon which the Canadian was seemingly untouchable, setting two best laps that will allow him to start from pole in races one and three.

King was second in the session, followed by another Carlin driver Jann Mardenborough. In the battle for being “the best of the rest”, Antonio Giovinazzi narrowly bested Fortec’s Felipe Guimaraes, despite being slower than the Brazilian in the first half of the session.

Giovinazzi’s teammate Tatiana Calderon took sixth, keeping championship leader Will Buller behind, the Briton having struggled for pace throughout the 30-minute run. Sean Gelael rounded out the International Class cars.

In the National Class, Sun Zheng took pole ahead of Jordan Oon and Chris Vlok.

Session results
Pos. Driver Team Cl. Time Gap Laps
1 Nicholas Latifi Carlin INT 2:15.542 10
2 Jordan King Carlin INT 2:15.865 +0.323 9
3 Jann Mardenborough Carlin INT 2:15.972 +0.430 10
4 Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Racing INT 2:16.372 +0.830 10
5 Felipe Guimaraes Fortec INT 2:16.630 +1.088 13
6 Tatiana Calderon Double R Racing INT 2:17.569 +2.027 11
7 William Buller Fortec INT 2:17.672 +2.130 11
8 Sean Gelael Double R Racing INT 2:17.692 +2.153 10
9 Sun Zheng CF Racing NAT 2:18.832 +3.290 8
10 Jordan Oon Team West-Tec NAT 2:21.290 +5.748 13
11 Chris Vlok Team West-Tec NAT 2:22.728 +7.186 11