Joey Foster beat Ross Martin to pole by less than a tenth of a second in the first Formula Ford Festival qualifying in damp conditions at Brands Hatch.
Five drivers were on provisional pole throughout qualifying for the Cam-Tech Security-sponsored first heat, but it was the Ray of Foster – who is bidding for a third Festival win – top of the times when the chequered flag fell.
Neil Maclennan’s Ray was top of the order in the closing stages of the session before Foster’s 56.610s lap put him on pole by more than half a second.
Martin, in another Ray, was the only driver to get any closer to the driver with his penultimate lap putting him 0.091s behind him.
Maclennan beat National champion Luke Williams, who was also briefly at the top of the times early in the session at the wheel of his Firman.
Northern champion Joshua Smith finished fifth after running off the circuit on his final lap, but his Van Diemen qualified ahead of Ben Hurst (Ray) and Jordan Dempsey’s Van Diemen.
Matthew Parr, Jason Cooper and top Pre-1982 runner Mark Armstrong completed the top ten.