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Novalak beats Lundqvist to first BRDC British F3 pole of the season at Oulton Park

by Josh Suttill
Clement Novalak

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Clement Novalak beat Double R Racing’s?Linus Lundqvist in the first qualifying session of the 2018 BRDC British F3 season at Oulton Park.

Novalak, his Carlin team-mate Nicolai Kjaergaard and Lundqvist were trading fastest times throughout the session, with Novalak ultimately prevailing with a 1m30.866s, which was 0.116s quicker than British F4 graduate Lundqvist.

Kjaergaard, who topped both pre-event tests on Thursday and Friday, ended up 0.359s off securing a maiden series pole.

Completing the top four was Lundqvist’s Double R Racing team-mate?Krish Mahadik followed by Billy Monger, who qualified an excellent fifth, in his first single-seater qualifying session since his accident in April last year.

2017 Ginetta Junior champion Tom Gamble continued his strong testing form to qualify sixth for Fortec Motorsports ahead of his more experienced team-mates.

Sasakorn Chaimongkol, who was confirmed in Hillspeed’s third car on Friday night, was a surprise seventh for Hillspeed, ahead of Carlin’s Sun Yue Yang and Jordan Cane,?who is standing in for the injured Alexandra Mohnhaupt at Douglas Motorsport this weekend.?

Rounding out the top 10 was Kush Maini for Lanan Racing. Series returnees Manuel Maldonado and Jamie Chadwick were 11th and 12th fastest for Fortec and Douglas Motorsport respectively.

Ben Hurst was 17th and slowest of all, his session was prematurely ended after three laps, leaving him with a best time nearly eight seconds off the pace.

BRDC British F3 Oulton Park qualifying 1 results?

Pos Name Team Time/Gap
1 Clement Novalak Carlin 1m30.866s
2 Linus Lundqvist Double R Racing +0.116s
3 Nicolai Kjaergaard Carlin +0.359s
4 Krish Mahadik Double R Racing +0.539s
5 Billy Monger Carlin +0.548s
6 Tom Gamble Fortec Motorsports +0.561s
7 Sasakorn Chaimongkol Hillspeed +0.600s
8 Sun Yue Yang Carlin +0.687s
9 Jordan Cane Douglas Motorsport +0.824s
10 Kush Maini Lanan?Racing +0.885s
11 Manuel Maldonado Fortec Motorsports +1.059s
12 Jamie Chadwick Douglas Motorsport +1.076s
13 Tristan Charpentier Fortec Motorsports +1.518s
14 Pavan Ravishankar Double R Racing +1.681s
15 Arvin Esmaeili Douglas Motorsport +1.809s
16 Chia Wing Hoong Chris Dittmann Racing +1.811s
17 Ben Hurst Hillspeed +7.754s