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Hodge Tops 'Frustrating Friday' In Bathurst   
Story By: F3 Media Release  Date: 18/04/2014 at 4:33:13 PM 
SIMON HODGE has scored pole position for round three of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship in what was ultimately a frustrating day of limited running at Mount Panorama.

Drivers turned only a few laps today after practice and qualifying were both marred by red flags that cut running time for all involved.

Today’s scheduled 20-minute qualifying session was red flagged after just two laps when Ricky Capo crashed his No. 92 Dallara entering the dipper, damaging the right-front corner and side of the Modena entry following a hefty impact.

The young Victorian made contact with the outside wall after his car became unsettled over the inside kerb on the run down the hill. Capo emerged unscathed from the crash.

Following a lengthy clean-up cars returned to the track only for Roland Legge to spin at the final corner, burying his R-Tek entry into the gravel trap and bringing out the second – and ultimately, final – red flag.

The session ended with Simon Hodge on pole, Chris Anthony second and Forpark Australia / Harvest Motorsport’s Arrie Maree third on his return after missing round two at Sandown due to illness.

Drivers were lucky if they got two attempts at a flying lap in the session, with Garnet Patterson scoring fourth and the National Class pole. Nathan Gotch was the quickest in the Kumho Cup for 2004-specification cars following Legge’s off at the end of the session.

Lap records will need to wait until tomorrow’s opening 12-lap race, which commences at 12:10pm.

Earlier in practice, Sandown winner Ben Gersekowski topped an abbreviated session however also caused it’s premature ending – making contact with the wall at turn 18 – Forrest Elbow – with a hefty crash in the McDonald’s Dallara.

The impact, which registered at 4.9G on the on-board telemetry, damaged the front wing and suspension of the car however the damage was repairable and he returned for qualifying later in the day, ultimately only getting one quick lap to score fifth position.

Arrie Maree (2nd), Chris Anthony (3rd) and Simon Hodge (4th) were all within a few tenths of Gersekowski in the sole practice session.
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