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Lewis Hamilton's sensational emergence in Formula One this season has been hailed as "good for Britain".

Lewis Hamilton's sensational emergence in Formula One this season has been hailed as "good for Britain".

Hamilton is on course to become the first British world champion since Damon Hill in 1996 as he leads the way in the standings by 10 points from McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso.

His back-to-back victories in Canada and the United States followed a run of five other podium finishes to give the 22-year-old a record-breaking start to the season for a rookie.

Hamilton is certainly flying the flag, which will undoubtedly be in evidence when the Formula One circus hits Silverstone in two weeks' time for the British Grand Prix.

Anthony Davidson, in his first full season in the sport with Super Aguri, is delighted to see compatriot Hamilton enjoying a stunning year.

"He is doing a very good job in a very, very good car. Everyone can see that," Davidson said at the Goodwood Festival of Speed event.

"Any new face coming in and doing that well is good for the sport. But the fact he is British is even better."

V COLIN Turkington claimed pole for Team RAC ahead of today's British Touring Car Championship races at Oulton Park.

The 25-year-old from Portadown, driving a BMW, became the first driver to record two pole positions this season with a time of 1min 28.534 seconds.

Scotland's Gordon Shedden finished qualifying less than a tenth of a second further back to claim the remaining spot on the front row in his Team Halfords Honda Civic.

Reigning champion Matt Neal and SEAT's Darren Turner qualified third and fourth, respectively.

The top two in the championship race, SEAT's Tyneside-born Jason Plato and Vauxhall's Fabrizio Giovanardi, will make up the third row on the grid.

Turkington said afterwards: "It's very satisfying to get one over on Gordon after he beat me to pole at Croft (in the last round).

"I'm expecting to be defending quite a bit."


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