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Frederick secures double F3 pole on Silverstone decider weekend

Saturday, November 07 2020

Carlin's championship leader Kaylen Frederick will start races one and three from pole on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, after securing a double pole in qualifying this morning (Saturday), and breaking the Silverstone qualifying lap record in the process.  

The American's sixth and seventh poles from qualifying means he has secured the £1,000 end of year prize for the Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup, with his best time of 1m54.354s being 1.5 seconds quicker than the previous qualifying record. 

A gripping title fight looks in prospect though, as Hitech GP's Kush Maini, just 13 points behind Frederick in the championship will start alongside him on the front row for both races. 

Frederick's late efforts put him just 0.041s ahead of the Indian on the grid for race one, and 0.050s clear on the race three grid. Maini had languished down in 14th place with five minutes remaining, but a series of late flying laps elevated him up the order. 

Fortec's Roberto Faria will start in third in both races, having made rapid progress in pace since making his British F3 debut three rounds ago. Faria was less than a tenth behind Maini on the race one grid and 0.099s clear of JHR Developments driver Ayrton Simmons, who secured the best grid position in British F3 for the Derbyshire team. 

Title contender Ulysse De Pauw was fifth quickest having topped the times briefly, with the Douglas Motorsport driver just over four tenths away from pole and under a tenth clear of Hillspeed's Sasakorn Chaimongkol, another driver to have topped the times early on. 

Reece Ushijima was 0.003s behind in seventh for Hitech GP and 0.089s clear of Chris Dittmann Racing's Josh Skelton, with Hillspeed's Oliver Clarke and JHR's Carter Williams completing the top-10, which was covered by just over seven tenths of a second. 

Double R's Louis Foster was just outside the top-10 and now faces an uphill battle to remain in championship contention, and was three tenths clear of Fortec debutant Jonny Wilkinson in 12th. 

Wilkinson was 0.007s clear of another title outsider, Carlin's Nazim Azman, with Bart Horsten 14th for Lanan Racing. 

Benjamin Pedersen was 15th for Double R, 0.016 seconds ahead of Douglas Motorsport's Manaf Hijjawi, with Lanan's Piers Prior and Josh Mason in 17th and 18th, while Chris Dittmann Racing's Max Marzorati completed the 19 runners.

Full provisional grids for both races are shown below, with race one set to get underway at 13.45.

BRDC British F3 Championship, Silverstone qualifying result (race one grid)

1. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin 1m54.354s
2. Kush Maini, Hitech GP, +0.041s
3. Roberto Faria, Fortec Motorsports, +0.127s
4. Ayrton Simmons, JHR Developments, +0.226s
5. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +0.410s
6. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +0.502s
7. Reece Ushijima, Hitech GP, +0.505s
8. Josh Skelton, Chris Dittmann Racing, +0.594s
9. Oliver Clarke, Hillspeed, +0.598s
10. Carter Williams, JHR Developments, +0.735s
11. Louis Foster, Double R Racing, +0.862s
12. Jonny Wilkinson, Fortec Motorsports, +1.213s
13. Nazim Azman, Carlin, +1.220s
14. Bart Horsten, Lanan Racing, +1.284s
15. Benjamin Pedersen, Double R Racing, +1.307s
16. Manaf Hijjawi, Douglas Motorsport, +1.323s
17. Piers Prior, Lanan Racing, +1.339s
18. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +1.535s
19. Max Marzorati, Chris Dittmann Racing, +1.803s

BRDC British F3 Championship, Silverstone second fastest times (race three grid):

1. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, 1m54.370s
2. Kush Maini, Hitech GP, +0.050s
3. Roberto Faria, Fortec Motorsports, +0.248s
4. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +0.527s
5. Ayrton Simmons, JHR Developments, +0.568s
6. Oliver Clarke, Hillspeed, +0.590s
7. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +0.609s
8. Reece Ushijima, Hitech GP, +0.704s
9. Josh Skelton, Chris Dittmann Racing, +0.709s
10. Carter Williams, JHR Developments, +0.789s
11. Louis Foster, Double R Racing, +1.058s
12. Nazim Azman, Carlin, +1.220s
13. Jonny Wilkinson, Fortec Motorsports, +1.257s
14. Bart Horsten, Lanan Racing, +1.311s
15. Piers Prior, Lanan Racing, +1.393s
16. Benjamin Pedersen, Double R Racing, +1.403s
17. Manaf Hijjawi, Douglas Motorsport, +1.528s
18. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +1.540s
19. Max Marzorati, Chris Dittmann Racing, +1.934s