Jack Harvey has shown his intentions ahead of this weekend’s Cooper Tires British F3 championship battle by taking pole positions for race one and three of the weekend at Donington. The Racing Steps driver will be joined on the front row for race one later this afternoon by Jazeman Jaafar, whose second fastest lap was second quickest. The Malaysian was third fastest overall, putting him third on the grid for Sunday’s Feature race, while Pietro Fantin was fifth overall and Harry Tincknell sixth.

Despite some grey clouds overhead, conditions remained dry for this afternoon’s qualifying session. Jaafar, Tincknell and Harvey were all pace setters in the very early stages of qualifying, until Fortec’s Serralles went quickest ten minutes into the session.

Harvey was one of the first drivers to pit for new tyres with 20 minutes still remaining and entered the pits from P2 on the timing screens. Tincknell also favoured a similar strategy pitting just as Harvey returned to the track. Points leader Jaafar meanwhile stayed out longer than his team mates, and instead pitted with 15 minutes still to go.

Making the most of his new tyres, Harvey was soon back up to pace and took provisional pole just 0.005 seconds quicker than Serralles with 12 minutes to go. Jaafar was still a few laps behind him in his tyre cycle and remained fourth overall.

Running a similar strategy to Harvey, Tincknell was on the pace and went quickest, but Harvey bettered his time with his next lap. With eight minutes still on the clock Jaafar improved, as did Fortec’s Alex Lynn to go second and separate Harvey and Jaafar on the timing screens.

In his Racing Steps Foundation liveried car, Harvey was still improving and went quicker again to confirm his place at the top, while Jaafar was third and Tincknell fifth although the Devon born racer was in the pits with suspected damage. Fantin meanwhile was seventh.

As the tyres passed their optimum level of performance Harvey’s effort would remain unbeaten, with the Carlin man setting several laps good enough for pole. With the drivers fastest laps overall setting the grid for race three, Harvey will take pole with Jaafar just behind him in third. Fantin improved in the final stages and will start fifth while Tincknell will start sixth.

With driver’s second fastest laps setting the grid for race one later today, Harvey will again take pole, alongside team mate Jaafar in second, Fantin in fifth and Tincknell in eighth.

Reflecting on his session Harvey said, “It’s a good start for us, it’s nice to bounce back after the controversy of Silverstone, having won the appeal and to take two poles here. I’m focussing on carrying that momentum into the races. Obviously this is just the first part of the story, but we’ve done the best we could so far.”

Team mate Jaafar added, “There’s still some room for improvement but we’re pretty close. There’s three long races ahead of us. I’m just taking it one race at a time. We’ll see where we are at the end.”

Race one of the weekend will take place at 17.10 later today.