26 / 27 June
Kaylen Frederick, Ulysse De Pauw and Kush Maini were the fastest drivers in qualifying at Donington Park. Here's what each had to say after the session.
Double Pole - Kaylen Frederick, Carlin:
"It's been a great recovery from the team. It's been looking like quite a tight field so far this weekend, and it's been a great effort from everyone. I'm just really happy to have a double pole position, it's a great way to bounce back from Brands Hatch.
"I think there was a bit more time out there [before the red flag], I think everyone was struggling to get to grips with the different tyre rubber that was laid down by the GT cars and the wind was changing, so I was obviously just getting used to it. There probably was a bit more time out there but to be honest we didn't need it, we put two decent times in and our pace has been good all weekend.
"I think since we've done all the work now, starting from pole just lifts a weight off your shoulders for the whole weekend. We're not starting on the back foot this time, you don't feel like you need to make up time, we just need to hold our position. So it's taken a nice weight off our shoulders and we're in a great position to get some serious points to close that gap in the championship.
Second, Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport:
"I'm very happy about that qualifying, and obviously it's much better than the previous meeting where I had a bad qualifying. The speed is there and very good, and over the past two days we've always been at the front so it feels very good to qualify on the front row for race one and P3 for race three, they're good starting positions and I hope I can get some good starts and bring some good points to come back in the championship.
"When it's that tight at the front, you can always hope for a better position, but I wanted to be in the top three and that's where I am so I have to be happy and take that. We need some good points for the championship because we lost a lot in the first few rounds, so I'm happy with the quali.
"The win is the goal when you're starting on the front row, with a good start you can always hope for victory, so we will be there fighting."
Third, Kush Maini, Hitech GP:
"I would have liked a better result to be honest after testing, the team has done amazing this weekend. A few issues in qualifying, no excuses, could have been, would have been, should have been, but didn't, so we'll just look at the race. P3 is still a good starting spot and points are the key, so we're going to be focussing on a good start and see where we are. It's all to play for in the races.
"The car has been really good and the team have been really good. Obviously at this track we have the two hairpins at the end where you can pass, so if we have the pace we will be fighting for positions so I'm looking forward to it.
"If I get up behind him [Kaylen Frederick], then I'm going to be elbows out because the championship means nothing yet. I'm going to be going for the win."
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