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Eastwell recovers 10 places after Knockhill qualifying “screw-up”

Michael Eastwell was left to rue a “screw-up” in qualifying for the Avon Tyres National FF1600 meeting at Knockhill, after recovering to seventh from 17th on the grid.

Kevin Mills Racing driver Eastwell put his Spectrum into the gravel early on in qualifying, admitting there was no-one else but himself to blame for starting so far down the grid.

“It was totally my fault in qualifying,” Eastwell said.

“I screwed up in the crucial moment so was gutted with that, but the good thing is our pace was obviously a lot better than where we started.

Making up ten positions during race one, more than any other driver, Eastwell confirmed his front-running pace hinted at during his appearance at last weekend’s Scottish FF1600 meeting.

“I think we ended up with the third fastest lap or something so that cements the fact I have the speed to be fighting at the front this weekend.”

“The pace we showed in that race is positive for tomorrow. I’ll be looking to make even more progress.”

His charge through the field comes despite added passing difficulties on Knockhill’s reverse layout, where overtaking is limited in several sections.

“For a good half of the lap your position is pretty static. The hairpin is definitely the best spot to overtake, the rest is pretty difficult.

“I gained ten positions, some were through luck and others were well-judged moves, so you can definitely overtake around here. You have to be clever about when to do it.”

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