Team Dolan pairing Niall Murray and Jack Wolfenden both suffered dramas in qualifying for Avon Tyres National FF1600 Championship’s opening race at Knockhill this weekend, though Murray escaped relatively unscathed.
Murray’s Van Diemen ground to a halt in the dying minutes of qualifying, but his previous best lap was good enough to put him fifth on the grid for this afternoon.
“We still aren’t quite sure what the problem is but it’s definitely something electrical,” Murray said.
“The lads will fix it so I’m not too worried about the race. We will probably change the set-up too to make sure I’m 100% dialled in.
“We are starting fifth and ahead of some quick guys so we are going to give it our best.”
Murray’s team-mate Jack Wolfenden also suffered problems, his Firman ending up in the gravel trap at Scotsman.
“We suffered a brake failure,” Wolfenden said.
“We were having issues throughout the session but when we got caught behind Murray’s slowing car we ended up in the gravel.
“It was nothing that he did, we should have been able to stop but obviously we were carrying an issue.”
Though Wolfenden managed to complete most of qualifying, he had only managed to go 16th fastest before his accident. Rather than attempt a charge up the field, he is already planning to bring the car home in one piece.
“It will be quite dubious starting from 17th on the grid, so we might just treat the race as a test session.”
The other Team Dolan car of Matt Round-Garrido took pole position ahead of the Cliff Dempsey Racing pairing of Nico Gruber and Jamie Thorburn.