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Martin edges Gronkowski for David Leslie Trophy pole position

Ross Martin continued his pole position streak in Scottish Formula Ford, edging out Jordan Gronkowski for pole position in Scottish Formula Ford’s David Leslie Trophy by 0.063 seconds.

Championship leader Martin wound up towards his fastest lap over the first few minutes, allowing his new Graham Brunton Racing team-mate Josh Smith a brief period as fastest man in the opening stages of qualifying.

As soon as Martin punched in a 54.615s he had found his rhythm, shaving further time off until settling down with a 54.409s pole time.

Gronkowski’s approach was a little less consistent. Martin had gone straight onto the circuit as first car but electing to sit back on his own, Gronkowski wound up towards pole attempts, his best effort making him the only driver within 0.1s of Martin.

National and Scottish Formula Ford were originally scheduled to be on two different days, Saturday for the former and Sunday for the latter, so a schedule change for the David Leslie Trophy meant Smith elected to race at Knockhill and forgo National at Oulton Park this weekend.

He was immediately quick and, though he couldn’t hold on to first place which he’d established early on, was comfortably third quickest, his 54.735s lap time putting him 0.326s off Martin’s pace.

Van Diemen driver Matthew Chisholm and lone Mygale pedaller James Clarke resumed their duel from the July round of Scottish Formula Ford championship by fighting over fourth quickest time.

Before Gronkowski had improved Clarke had been third quickest for much of the session, but a late improvement from Chisholm handed him fourth place, 0.217s faster than Clarke in fifth.

It was a disappointing session for another of Martin’s Graham Brunton Racing team-mates, Sebastien Melrose. Lapping with another GBR-prepared car of Gary Sykes in tow throughout, Melrose could not improve beyond a 55.255s, nearly a second off Martin’s pace.

Sykes did seem to benefit slightly from the tow provided by Melrose, qualifying seventh and only 0.059s slower than the car he had followed throughout qualifying.

After missing the previous two rounds with mechanical troubles Ross Howe said his aim was to complete a drama-free weekend. He managed exactly that, tied with Melrose for most laps during qualifying on his way to eighth on the grid, the first car over a second slower than pole man Martin.

Another pair of GBR-prepared Rays raced by Steven Barlow and Fraser Gray were ninth and tenth respectively.

Results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 Ross Martin Ray 54.409
2 Jordan Gronkowski Van Diemen +0.063
3 Josh Smith Ray +0.326
4 Matthew Chisholm Van Diemen +0.507
5 James Clarke Mygale +0.724
6 Sebastian Melrose Ray +0.846
7 Gary Sykes Ray +0.905
8 Ross Howe Van Diemen +1.119
9 Steve Barlow Ray +1.364
10 Fraser Gray Ray +2.256

 

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