Motorsport: Irish drivers off the pace at Thruxton

At a sunny track in Thruxton, Hampshire, Irish drivers were a little off the pace in the first qualifier for tomorrow’s British Formula 3 Championship.

At a sunny track in Thruxton, Hampshire, Irish drivers were a little off the pace in the first qualifier for tomorrow’s British Formula 3 Championship.

In the A Class, second placed Derek Hayes (Northern Ireland) will start from the fourth row of the grid. Anthony Davidson and championship pacesetter, Takuma Sato are on the front row.

Meanwhile, in the Scholarship Class, Robbie Kerr has, once again, set the standards on this very fast circuit.

Irish duo, Matthew Gilmore and Michael Keohane, are on the third and fourth rows

respectively.

Keohane, in his Weathermaster/Clonakilty Black Pudding/irishmobiles.com car had a difficult session.

He missed most of yesterday’s free practice when the gearbox broke and the car ill handled in today’s qualifying session.

In the second qualifier, the scholarship order is Kerr, Judice, Mayall, Gilmore, Doornbos, Hoshino, Keohane and Nakao.

In the A Class, Anthony Davidson was quickest from Bruce Jouanny and Takuma Sato. Derek Hayes was eighth fastest.

It’s a busy weekend for the F3 drivers and teams who will have a total of three races. This evening, the cancelled event from Knockhill is scheduled to start

at 5. 30 p.m.

In the eleventh round qualifier for the Ford Credit Fiesta, Irish driver, Eoin Murray claimed pole ahead of top championship duo, Nick Padley and Colin Turkington, the latter has closed to within five points of Padley’s lead and will be hoping to take over the championship lead tomorrow.

Murray, racing with Stancombe Vehicle Engineering, averaged 89.65 mph

on the 2.35-mile circuit.

Robert Dahlgren grabbed pole from Ronnie Bremer in the Slick 50 Formula Ford Zetec Championship.

Irish qualifiers include Gary Turkington (10th), Adam Carroll (15th), Robert Scott (18th), James Murphy (26th) and Tony Rodgers (27th).

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