Michael Moyers and Niall Murray ended free practice for the first BRSCC Avon Tyres National FF1600 Championship round at Silverstone locked in a dead heat.
Both drivers, the last two winners of the Walter Hayes Trophy, set a 1m09.397s lap. With the combination of a new track surface and a damp surface from overnight rain making it exceptionally greasy, many drivers either returned to the pits early or opted to sit out practice entirely, including title favourite Joey Foster.
Despite the weather, the times were still close, with the top four being separated by less than a tenth of a second.
Behind the Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum and Team Dolan Van Diemen combination of Moyers and Murray in third was Matt Round-Garrido, another of FF1600 legend Bernard Dolan’s new signings, and in the Medina Sport car that he raced last season.
Austrian car racing rookie Nico Gruber was fourth in his Cliff Dempsey Racing Ray, with reigning BRSCC Northern champion Josh Smith completing the top five in his Oldfield Motorsport Van Diemen, just under four tenths back.
Perennial Walter Hayes bridesmaid Josh Fisher was sixth in his Wayne Poole Racing Van Diemen, with Moyers’ team-mate Stuart Gough, CDR’s Jamie Thorburn, B-M Racing’s Rory Smith and Northern front-runner Michael Eastwell completing the top 10.
Jack Wolfenden followed up his Northern Post89 double win at Oulton Park with 11th place, and was the last of the drivers to get within a second of Moyers’ time.
Richard Morris topped the Clubman Post89 class in his Swift, marking the first time he’d entered an event in a contemporary FF1600 car.