Felipe NasrMonza race winner Felipe Nasr continued the strong form he displayed in the opening round of the 2011 Cooper Tires British F3 season last week, to take pole position at Oulton Park this morning. The Brasilia born driver set the quickest time overall, which will give him pole position for race three on Monday. It was an eventful session for Nasr’s team mates, as both Rupert Svendsen-Cook and Kevin Magnussen crashed whilst on threatening runs for provisional pole, but still managed to qualify in the top ten, while Jazeman Jaafar recovered well from an accident yesterday to qualify in the top five.

Svendsen-Cook – who won in his maiden F3 weekend at Oulton Park last year – was the pace setter in the early stages of qualifying, setting the quickest time in the first few minutes from team mates Jaafar, Nasr, Harvey and Magnussen.

Magnussen then declared his intention by taking provisional pole ten minutes in but crashed soon after to bring out the first red flag of the session. As the field returned to the pits, Nasr was second, Jaafar third, Svendsen-Cook fourth, Huertas seventh and Harvey 12th.

Taking advantage of the enforced break in proceedings, the field changed to new rubber for a second attempt at pole before the session recommenced.

At the half way point, Magnussen was still P1, but was forced to watch his rivals try and better his time from the pit wall. Svendsen-Cook was the first to do so as his new tyres started to take effect, while T-Sport’s Menasheh Idafar staked his claim to P2, ahead of Carlin’s Jaafar, Magnussen and Nasr.

A few minutes later the T-Sport driver took provisional pole, which relegated Svendsen-Cook to second, and pushing hard to reclaim the top spot, the Ipswich born driver went off – bringing his qualifying to an early conclusion and bringing out the second and final red flag of the session.

The field were back on track with eight minutes remaining on the clock and on old tyres. Jaafar decided not to join them, instead electing to stay in the pits and save his tyres for this weekend’s three races. Team mate Nasr meanwhile finally had chance to make the most of some clear track to take a shock provisional pole with four minutes remaining, only to go quicker again on his next lap. Watching from the pit wall, Svendsen-Cook and Magnussen were unable to show their potential and dropped down the order, as Fortec’s Lucas Foresti went second quickest in the final minutes.

At the chequered flag, Nasr was quickest, ahead of Foresti and Idafar, with Carlin’s Svendsen-Cook and Jaafar fourth and fifth quickest respectively. Magnussen was still eighth, despite missing half of the session, while Huertas was 10th. Harvey recovered from his mechanical problems yesterday to go 13th, ahead of his first weekend at Oulton Park in an F3 car.

With three races per weekend, this morning’s qualifying session sets the grid for two races. Drivers’ quickest laps from qualifying set the grid for Monday’s race 3, while their second quickest laps set the grid for the first race of the weekend later today.

Speaking about his qualifying performance, Nasr said, “I was quite pleased to be able to have another good run at the end of qualifying, as I hadn’t really had chance to do a good time on my second set of tyres and was seventh or something I think. We had the potential to be at the front, so I just concentrated and put in two good laps. It’s a shame that I couldn’t take double pole, but its still a very good position for Oulton Park, because its quite hard to over take here.”