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Martin edges Gronkowski for pole in Scottish Formula Ford opener

Ross Martin edged out Jordan Gronkowski in a tight duel for pole position in the Scottish Formula Ford 1600 Championship’s opening race weekend at Knockhill.

Graham Bunton Racing driver Martin and Jordan Gronkowski Racing’s Gronkowski engaged in a slipstreaming battle during qualifying, swapping places on track and positions on the timesheets.

Though Gronkowski briefly had the upper hand mid-session, Martin’s best time of 58.357s, set right at the end, was just enough to secure pole for the reigning champion by 0.081 seconds.

GBR driver Sebastian Melrose was third quickest, albeit almost a second off Martin’s pace with a 59.319s in his new Ray GR18 chassis. He spent much of his early running looking for gaps in traffic, and though he improved his lap-time late on, gained no places to go third.

Neil Broome was confident of a good qualifying result following an extensive rebuild of his Ray over winter, and delivered on his promise as the final car to put in a sub-one minute lap.

Martin and Melrose’s GBR team-mate Gary Sykes completed the top five, setting a 1m00.542s, edging out Matthew Chisholm by under one tenth of second in sixth.

Steven Barlow lines up seventh for race one, ahead of lone Mygale driver James Clarke in eighth. Ross Howe and Fraser Gray complete the field in ninth and tenth, driving a Van Diemen and Ray respectively.

Photo courtesy of Alasdair Lindsay

Qualifying results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 Ross Martin Ray 58.357s
2 Jordan Gronkowski Van Diemen +0.081
3 Sebastian Melrose Ray +0.962
4 Neil Broome Ray +1.374
5 Gary Sykes Ray +2.185
6 Matthew Chisholm Van Diemen +2.264
7 Steven Barlow Ray +2.552
8 James Clarke Mygale +2.918
9 Ross Howe Van Diemen +4.328
10 Fraser Gray Ray +4.344

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