Ollie White continued his domination of the new Heritage FF1600 series by taking pole position for Silverstone’s race one, though he had to resist a strong challenge from Lewis Fox.
White stunned in the opening Donington Park round of the new series for pre-1993 Kent-engined machines, the latest from James Beckett. A misfire cost him a likely victory in race one but in the second race he came all the way through from the back to win.
In the qualifying session for the second Heritage meeting White again set the initial pace in his Van Diemen.
Just before the session’s halfway point Fox, his Van Diemen RF92, in the iconic blue and yellow Duckhams colours of 1992 FF Festival winner Jan Magnussen, set a 1m3.292s lap which was a tenth-and-a-half under White’s best.
White responded quickly with a 1m3.074s to reclaim top spot then a 1m3.061s. At the very last he got his time down to 1m2.870s, four tenths quicker than Fox who was unable to improve on his earlier mark.
Neil Tofts was third quickest in his Reynard 88FF, a second off White’s best, though he said that he had brake problems during the session which made his machine feel more like a ‘drift car’.
Jaap Blijleven, also in a Reynard FF88, and Paul Crosbie in a Van Diemen completed the top five, 1.3s and 1.5s respectively off White.
White neverthless expects a close race given the likely slipstreaming at Silverstone.
Qualifying results (top 10)
1 Ollie White 1m2.870s
2 Lewis Fox +0.422s
3 Neil Tofts +1.006s
4 Jaap Blijleven +1.355s
5 Paul Crosbie +1.559s
6 Andrew Higginbottom +1.562s
7 Mark De Rozarieux +1.763s
8 Scott Guthrie +1.842s
9 Mark Bates +1.851s
10 Jack Clayton +2.181s
FL: White, 1m15.453s