Carlin Motorsport took a front row lock out today, for round 13 of the 2009 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series at Spa-Francorchamps. Current championship leader Daniel Ricciardo took his third pole position of the season, while Max Chilton qualified second to make it an all Carlin front row. Jake Rosenzweig qualified in a solid 10th place on his British F3 debut, while Henry Arundel will line up 17th tomorrow, with Philip Major 20th.

Conditions for today’s two free practice sessions took place in weather conditions typical of the Spa circuit, with a wet track in both sessions. Euro Series driver Rosenzweig was the surprise of the morning, setting the second fastest time in free practice. Ricciardo was also among the front runners throughout practice, while Arundel experimented with his set up to be within the top ten in both sessions.

With the rain finally easing enough to allow the circuit to dry, the drivers took to the track to qualify for round 13 on slick tyres. Ricciardo and Chilton were immediately on the pace, and were P1 and P2 respectively when a red flag halted proceedings with 22 minutes to go. In a relatively uneventful session, Ricciardo and Chilton looked unchallenged for the remainder of the 30 minute session. Rosenzweig meanwhile made an impressive debut to qualify 10th, with Arundel 17th and Major 20th.

Pole sitter Daniel Ricciardo said, “I was pushing really hard straightaway as we thought it was going to rain, so I just thought I had to get my best possible lap in as soon as possible. We had a good lap, its great fun around here in an F3 car, its really rewarding when you get a good lap hooked up. Hopefully we can do the same again tomorrow.”

Speaking about his second place on the grid, Chilton said, “I’m really pleased to be back on the front row, we’ve had a couple of really tough races, so it’s nice to be back at the front again this weekend. There weren’t really many changes we could make as qualifying was our first dry session of the day, but I knew there would only be a short window of opportunity on the tyres and I really went for it. I got a small tow off Jake which helped me, but I’m confident we’ve got good pace in the dry here.”

Team principal Trevor Carlin added, “The team did a good job today. Daniel once again showed the quality of his driving, having been among the front runners all day. Max did a fantastic job to recover from two disappointing practice sessions and he should be very proud to have put together two very good laps when it mattered in qualifying. I’m very pleased with the way Jake has adapted to British F3, he was extremely quick in the wet this morning and did a brilliant job in qualifying on what was his first ever set of new slick Cooper tyres and I’m sure he’ll be even better tomorrow.”

Qualifying for round 14 will take place at 0900am local time tomorrow, while racing action will kick off with round 13 at 1410 tomorrow afternoon.