Championship leader, Alex Lynn (Fortec Motorsports) took his thirteenth pole position today to seize an early initiative ahead of the final two rounds of the CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship at Silverstone this weekend.
The Essex-based youngster was continually quickest for tomorrow’s first race during the twenty-minute session, but it was his last run that would provide his fastest time, a 53.485, three tenths quicker than Mark Burdett Motorsport’s Daniel Cammish.
“I’m pretty pleased with the performance in Q1,” said a chirpy Lynn. “I got a good gap at the start of the session which enabled me to put in some pretty fast lap times. I’m feeling very confident and happy; we had a good day in practice yesterday, now I hope that I can transfer that into another good performance this afternoon.”
Cammish’s time of 53.800 around the 1.64 mile National circuit gives him his best qualifying performance of the year, and his first front-row start in this year’s championship.
“Q1 went very well for us,” said an upbeat Cammish. “I knew that we had the pace yesterday having finished P4, but we felt that there was still a bit of time to find in the car and also myself.
“It’s incredibly close here; the difference between having a really good day and a really bad day is so small. I’m 100 percent going to go for this win tomorrow. Alex is on pole, but he’s got a lot to lose and I have everything to gain from this.”
Double winner last time out at Brands Hatch, Oliver Rowland was third, just one thousandth of a second behind Cammish, and will start alongside Fortec team-mate Mitchell Gilbert tomorrow.
“I had a bit of a problem with traffic at the start of the session,” explained Rowland. “It took a while for me to get some space but once we got going it was fine. I was struggling with quite a lot of understeer in the car, but all in all I think that third is a positive result.”
Lynn’s sole championship rival, Tio Ellinas (Atech Reid GP), will start from the third row, having qualified sixth just behind Jack Hawksworth (Mark Burdett Motorsport).
“That was a very hard session for us,” said Ellinas. “We changed quite a bit on the car for qualifying which helped, but I think that there is still more that we can do with the set-up. I didn’t manage to get the best out of some of my laps, so I will try to the best of my ability to improve for Q2 and the races tomorrow.”
Elsewhere, Manor Competition’s trio of drivers, Josh Hill, Jordan King and Alice Powell qualified seventh, eighth, and thirteen respectively. Hill was particularly happy with his performance as he seeks to end the season on a high.
“The session was relatively good for us compared to some of my recent qualifying results,” said Hill. “It was promising, but still wasn’t quite the result that we had hoped for. I’m definitely going to be aiming to improve further for Q2.”
Qualifying for race two starts at 14:15. Rounds nineteen and twenty (Sunday 16th October) are both televised on ITV4 and ITV4 HD, with the second race broadcast live at 16:25.
Round nineteen qualifying top ten times
- Alex Lynn Fortec Motorsports 53.485
- Daniel Cammish Mark Burdett Motorsport 53.800
- Oliver Rowland Fortec Motorsports 53.801 G
- Mitchell Gilbert Fortec Motorsports 53.827 G
- Jack Hawksworth Mark Burdett Motorsport 53.875
- Tio Ellinas Atech Reid GP 53.945
- Josh Hill Manor Competition 54.014
- Jordan King Manor Competition 54.039
- Felix Serralles Fortec Competition 54.057
- Ed Jones Fortec Competition 54.131