Red Bull’s Blomqvist shows promising pace in second qualifying at Norisring
PUBLISHED: 17:47 12 July 2013 | UPDATED: 18:05 12 July 2013
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TOM Blomqvist qualified in the top 10 for all three of the weekend’s races at the Norisring street circuit in Germany.
The 19-year-old Eurointernational driver’s best result was fourth on the grid in Sunday’s race.
Before that he will start tomorrow’s opening FIA Formula 3 European Championship event seventh and is eighth for race two.
Pole position for all three races was split between the two main championship rivals – Raffaele Marciello and Felix Rosenqvist.
The Swede took the spoils in qualifying for race one, only to see Prema Powerteam racer Marciello claim top spot for race two and three.
There was very little to separate the drivers in qualifying for the first race. Rosenqvist was fastest with a lap of 48.997 – one thousandth of a second quicker than Italian Marciello. In third was American Félix Serrallés, as he rounded the circuit in a time of 48.999, a further five thousandths faster than Dunmow’s Alex Lynn in fourth.
Alexander Sims took fifth ahead of Lucas Auer and Red Bull Junior Blomqvist, the Saffron Walden racer posting a best time of 49.200.
Marciello’s second best lap of 49.016 was enough to give him pole in race two, ahead of team-mate Lynn, who was 0.074 seconds further back. Rosenqvist was third, Sims fourth, Serrallés fifth and Blomqvist eighth, a second best time of 49.269 leaving him just over two tenths off the pace of the leaders.
Championship leader Marciello led the way again in the second qualifying session, a best lap time of 48.567 giving him pole for race three, 0.194 ahead of Rosenqvist. Third was Lynn and fourth Blomqvist with 48.860 – 0.293 off pole position. Auer rounded out the top five.
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