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Murray tops close BRSCC National qualifying at Castle Combe

Niall Murray took pole position at Castle Combe for the Avon Tyres National Formula Ford FF1600 Championship after a four-way session-long battle.

Murray’s time of 1m09.600s was enough to secure pole position for the championship leader in his Team Dolan Van Diemen RF99.

Cliff Dempsey Racing driver Jamie Thorburn qualified in second place, less than a tenth behind Murray.

Michael Eastwell (Spectrum 011C) qualified third for Kevin Mills Racing despite putting in two session-best times as the session approached the end.

Thorburn had gone fastest in a short spell where four drivers exchanged fastest laps, posting a 1m09.931s for provisional pole before Eastwell bettered it with a 1m09.903s.

Castle Combe FF1600 Championship poleman Luke Cooper qualified fourth but was in the battle for pole towards the end of the session. A time of 1m09.875s was briefly enough for first place, although he soon fell to fourth.

Cliff Dempsey Racing’s Nico Gruber (Ray GR15) qualified fifth with a 1m10.070s, ahead of Dolan’s Matt Round-Garrido, who qualified with an identical time.

Round-Garrido had set the fastest time of the session but his lap was deleted for exceeding track limits.

Rory Smith finished in seventh, just ahead of Hugo Bentley-Ellis, another to exceed track limits, and Carter Williams.

Felix Fisher marked his first appearance in the National championship this year by setting the fastest time for the Clubman Post-’89 drivers in his Ray GSR05, qualifying in 10th place.

Dolan driver Jack Wolfenden was 12th, with a dissapointing session for Don Hardman Racing driver Joey Foster putting him in 13th place.

Qualifying results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 Pro Niall Murray Van Diemen 1:09.600
2 Pro Jamie Thorburn Ray +0.093
3 Pro Michael Eastwell Spectrum +0.120
4 Pro Luke Cooper Swift +0.275
5 Pro Nico Gruber Ray +0.470
6 Pro Matt Round-Garrido Medina Sport +0.470
7 Pro Rory Smith Medina +0.562
8 Pro Hugo Bentley-Ellis Spectrum +0.750
9 Pro Carter Williams Ray +0.819
10 Pro Josh Fisher Ray +0.859
11 Pro Jonathan Browne Ray +0.879
12 Pro Jack Wolfenden Firman +0.940
13 Pro Joey Foster Ray +0.986
14 Pro David McArthur Van Diemen +1.141
15 Pro Thomas Capezzone Swift +1.159
16 Pro Roger Orgee Ray +1.186
17 Pro Sebastian Job Van Diemen +1.236
18 Pro James Clarke Mygale +1.773
19 CM89 Richard Morris Swift +2.257
20 CM89 Vincent Jay Ray +3.051
21 Pro Davide Meloni Van Diemen +3.060

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