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O'Sullivan chalks up double British F3 pole at Donington Park

Saturday, July 10 2021

Carlin's Zak O'Sullivan claimed his first pole positions in BRDC British F3 at Donington Park this morning (Saturday), with the fastest time in the session putting him on pole for race one, with his second best time putting him at the front for race two. 

O'Sullivan topped the times for much of the second half, and his late time of 1m24.690s was over a tenth of a second quicker than last year's pole position time. He needed to show all of that speed too, with Hitech GP's Bart Horsten lapping just 0.016s slower than the British driver for the second fastest time in qualifying, though Horsten will take a five place grid penalty into race one from his Silverstone race three incident. 

Arden's Alex Connor continued his strong form so far this weekend by putting himself third in the session, which will become a front row start when Horsten's penalty is applied. 

Connor's new teammate for the weekend Roman Bilinski was an impressive fourth fastest in his first qualifying session and just 0.023s away from Connor's effort.

Elite Motorsport's Javier Sagrera was just two thousandths of a second further back in fifth, with the top-five covered by a quarter of a second.

Double Silverstone pole sitter Reece Ushijima claimed the sixth fastest time, 0.075s ahead of Elite's Tom Lebbon, with Christian Mansell eighth for Carlin.

Fortec's Roberto Faria in ninth, and Douglas Motorsport's Dexter Patterson were separated by 0.005s with the whole top-10 covered by a fraction over six tenths of a second.

The entire field lapped within 1.4 seconds of the overall pace.

On the second fastest times, O'Sullivan secured race two pole by almost two tenths of a second from Connor, with Horsten and Ushijima forming row two.

Sagrera and Bilinski are next up in fifth and sixth ahead of Lebbon and Faria, with Mansell and Patterson rounding out the top-10 on the provisional race two grid.  

The race two grid is similarly close, with just over a second covering the top-12 runners. 

The first race of the weekend is due to commence at 14.20 this afternoon.

BRDC British F3 Championship, Donington Park, qualifying result (race one grid):

1. Zak O'Sullivan, Carlin, 1m24.690s
2. Bart Horsten, Hitech GP, +0.016s*
3. Alex Connor, Arden Motorsport, +0.236s
4. Roman Bilinski, Arden Motorsport, +0.259ss
5. Javier Sagrera, Elite Motorsport, +0.261s
6. Reece Ushijima, Hitech GP, +0.333s
7. Tom Lebbon, Elite Motorsport, +0.408s
8. Christian Mansell, Carlin, +0.539s
9. Roberto Faria, Fortec Motorsports, +0.600s
10. Dexter Patterson, Douglas Motorsport, +0.605s
11. Sebastian Alvarez, Hitech GP, +0.786s
12. Bryce Aron, Carlin, +1.028s
13. Jose Garfias, Elite Motorsport, +1.053s
14. Ayrton Simmons, Chris Dittmann Racing, +1.067s
15. Mikkel Grundtvig, Fortec Motorsports, +1.216s
16. Max Marzorati, Chris Dittmann Racing, +1.223s
17. Reema Juffali, Douglas Motorsport, +1.353s

*Five place penalty to be applied

BRDC British F3 Championship, Donington Park, Qualifying second fastest times (race two grid):

1. Zak O'Sullivan, Carlin, 1m24.757s
2. Alex Connor, Arden Motorsport, +0.192s
3. Bart Horsten, Hitech GP, +0.297s
4. Reece Ushijima, Hitech GP, +0.306s
5. Javier Sagrera, Elite Motorsport, +0.372s
6. Roman Bilinski, Arden Motorsport, +0.429s
7. Tom Lebbon, Elite Motorsport, +0.524s
8. Roberto Faria, Fortec Motorsports, +0.592s
9. Christian Mansell, Carlin, +0.657s
10. Dexter Patterson, Douglas Motorsport, +0.723s
11. Sebastian Alvarez, Hitech GP, +0.746s
12. Bryce Aron, Carlin, +1.011s
13. Ayrton Simmons, Chris Dittmann Racing, +1.151s
14. Jose Garfias, Elite Motorsport, +1.202s
15. Max Marzorati, Chris Dittmann Racing, +1.251s
16. Mikkel Grundtvig, Fortec Motorsports, +1.336s
17. Reema Juffali, Douglas Motorsport, +1.419s