Nicolai Kjaergaard has secured a dominant pole position at Snetterton as the BRDC British Formula Three Championship field took to the track for qualifying this morning. The Carlin driver put his car to the very top with just under half of the session remaining and was unchallenged as the time counted down. His Carlin team mates Billy Monger and Sun Yue Yang will start the opening race of the weekend later this afternoon from eighth and 12th respectively. Clement Novalak, who is running a dual race campaign this season, is not with the team at Snetterton due to his prior race commitments.
The 20-minute session at the Norfolk track got underway in dry conditions with Yang one of the first drivers to exit the pits before being joined by his team mates just a couple of minutes later. As a result, it was Yang who was the first of the three to get a respective lap on the board – initially putting him in second overall.
Over the next few laps, Kjaergaard and Monger began to wind up properly in their efforts to move up the grid. Monger was soon within the top ten while the purple sectors started to flash on screen for Kjaergaard. With just under ten minutes of the session remaining Kjargaard completed a fantastic lap which saw the Danish driver jump to the very sharp end and remain there as the clock counted down.
The Carlin man looked completely unchallenged in his efforts and elected to pit with a minute and a half left on the clock. By this point, Monger was sitting in eighth and Yang just outside of the top ten as everyone started on their final laps however it was clear that Kjaergaard’s stand-out lap would be unbeaten as he clinched a dominant pole position at Snetterton. His team mates, Monger and Yang, will start the opening race of the weekend from eighth and 12th this afternoon.
Kjaergaard said of his pole position, “I’m very happy with pole position because I feel as though this was the first perfect qualifying session of the season, so we were able to prove our potential. I hope that this is the start of a solid weekend for us where we pick up lots of good points for the championship.”
The opening race of the weekend will get underway this afternoon at 15.15 local time this afternoon.