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04/11/09
British F3
Max Chilton and Walter Grubmuller grab F3 poles
Max Chilton and Walter Grubmuller were the men to beat at Oulton Park today (Sat), Carlin Motorsport driver Chilton claiming pole position for Monday's opening round of the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series and Hitech Racing's Grubmuller ending the second session on top of the timesheets.

In qualifying 1, young Brit Chilton pipped his Australian team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to the pole by nearly three-tenths of a second in the closing moments of the session to establish a Dallara-Volkswagen 1-2. "I was surprised," said Max, who turns 18 later this month. "I knew it was a good lap, but I didn't realize until I saw the time that it had been that quick and that it was good enough for pole. I'm very pleased of course; it's a great start to my season."

Ricciardo ended the session just ahead of another Oulton Park and British F3 debutant, Daisuke Nakajima, the Japanese driver impressing with his unheralded pace in the Raikkonen Robertson Dallara and taking third on the grid and the honor of top Mercedes-powered runner. Nick Tandy's Mygale-Mercedes was fourth fastest. Less than a second covered the top nine.

The leading National Class runner was Fortec's Daniel McKenzie. Victor Correa's Litespeed SLC was third fastest in the National Class despite a session-ending off at the chicane.

Austrian veteran Walter Grubmuller earned his maiden F3 pole position this afternoon at Oulton, the Hitech Racing pilot setting the fastest time in the day's second qualifying session.

Grubmuller, 20, will start Monday afternoon's championship Round 2 from top spot, with Ricciardo alongside him. F3 newcomer Riki Christodoulou will line up third on the grid in his Fortec-prepared Dallara-Mercedes, with Tandy top Brit in his Mygale in fourth. Round 1 pole-sitter Chilton could not repeat his form and will start fifth.

T-Sport's Gabriel Dias emerged the quickest of the National Class runners on this occasion.

Round 1 qualifying times, Oulton Park
Dry, sunny
1  Max CHILTON/GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen, 1m 27.830s
2  Daniel RICCIARDO/AUS, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen, 1m 28.105s
3  Daisuke NAKAJIMA/JPN, RR Dallara-Mercedes, 1m 28.236s
4  Nick TANDY/GBR, JTR Mygale-Mercedes, 1m 28.240s
5  Walter GRUBMÜLLER/AUT, Hitech Dallara-Mercedes, 1m 28.263s
6  Riki CHRISTODOULOU/GBR,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes, 1m 28.309s
7  Henry ARUNDEL/GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen, 1m 28.422s
8  Carlos HUERTAS/COL, RR Dallara-Mercedes, 1m 28.423s
9  Oliver OAKES/GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen, 1m 28.654s
10  Adriano BUZAID/BRA, T-Sport Dallara-Volkswagen, 1m 28.894s
11  Wayne BOYD/GBR, T-Sport Dallara-Volkswagen, 1m 29.134s
12  Victor GARCIA/ESP, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes, 1m 29.315s
13  Hywel LLOYD/GBR, CF Racing Dallara-Mugen Honda, 1m 29.473s
14  NAT Daniel McKENZIE/GBR, Fortec Dallara-Mugen Honda, 29.554s
15  Jay BRIDGER/GBR, West-Tec Mygale-Mugen Honda, 1m 29.583s
16  NAT Gabriel DIAS/BRA, T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda, 1m 29.884s
17  Stéphane RICHELMI/MON, Barazi-Epsilon Dallara-Mercedes, 1m 30.793s
18  NAT Victor CORREA/BRA, Litespeed-Mugen Honda, 1m 31.027s
19  NAT Max SNEGIREV/RUS, West-Tec Dallara-Mugen Honda, 1m 31.529s

Round 2 qualifying times, Oulton Park
Dry, sunny
1  Walter GRUBMÜLLER/AUT, Hitech Dallara-Mercedes, 1m 27.921s
2  Daniel RICCIARDO/AUS, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen, 1m 28.103s
3  Riki CHRISTODOULOU/GBR,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes, 1m 28.354s
4  Nick TANDY/GBR, JTR Mygale-Mercedes, 1m 28.354s
5  Max CHILTON/GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen, 1m 28.416s
6  Carlos HUERTAS/COL, RR Dallara-Mercedes, 1m 28.567s
7  Daisuke NAKAJIMA/JPN, RR Dallara-Mercedes, 1m 28.608s
8  Henry ARUNDEL/GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen, 1m 28.733s
9  Hywel LLOYD/GBR, CF Racing Dallara-Mugen Honda, 1m 28.939s
10  Oliver OAKES/GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen, 1m 28.950s
11  Adriano BUZAID/BRA, T-Sport Dallara-Volkswagen, 1m 29.248s
12  Victor GARCIA/ESP, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes, 1m 29.465s
13  Jay BRIDGER/GBR, West-Tec Mygale-Mugen Honda, 1m 29.554s
14  Wayne BOYD/GBR, T-Sport Dallara-Volkswagen, 1m 29.604s
15  NAT Gabriel DIAS/BRA, T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda, 1m 29.867s
16  NAT Daniel McKENZIE/GBR, Fortec Dallara-Mugen Honda, 1m 29.964s
17  Stéphane RICHELMI/MON, Barazi-Epsilon Dallara-Mercedes, 1m 31.193s
18  NAT Max SNEGIREV/RUS, West-Tec Dallara-Mugen Honda, 1m 31.772s
19  NAT Victor CORREA/BRA, Litespeed-Mugen Honda, no time

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