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Foster leads close National qualifying at Donington

Joey Foster topped the final Avon Tyres BRSCC National FF1600 Championship qualifying session of the year at a damp Donington Park.

Foster’s best of 1m27.553s in his Ray, set with four minutes to go, was six tenths quicker than erstwhile polesitter Luke Cooper, who had led the majority of the session.

A burst of rain shortly after Don Hardman Racing driver Foster’s fastest lap was enough to keep the positions static until the chequered flag.

Team Dolan’s Matt Round-Garrido (Medina) was just 0.001 seconds off Cooper’s (Swift) in third, and ahead of B-M Racing’s Rory Smith (Medina), who had led the session early on, and Kevin Mills Racing’s Michael Eastwell (Sepctrum), who is challenging Round-Garrido for second in the standings.

Nico Gruber was the top Cliff Dempsey Racing driver in sixth, and the last driver within a second of the pole time, despite a late trip through the gravel at the Old Hairpin in his Ray.

Eastwell and Round-Garrido’s team-mate Michael Moyers (Spectrum) and Jack Wolfenden (Firman) were split by just 0.007s in seventh and eighth, with B-M Racing’s Sebastian Job and Swift Cooper’s Thomas Capezzone rounding out the top ten.

Team USA Scholarship winners Jake Craig and Colin Mullan were 12th and 15th respectively in their first competitive session in the UK, both driving for CDR.

Former Renault Clio Cup Junior driver Max Marzorati, replacing champion Niall Murray at Dolan, qualified right behind Mullan in 16th. This was also Marzorati’s debut outing in the National championship.

John Svensson was the leading Clubman Post-’89 driver, putting his Van Diemen into 13th on the grid.

Qualifying round-up

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 Pro Joey Foster Ray 1m27.553
2 Pro Luke Cooper Swift +0.635
3 Pro Matt Round-Garrido Medina +0.636
4 Pro Rory Smith Medina +0.891
5 Pro Michael Eastwell Spectrum +0.923
6 Pro Nico Gruber Ray +0.997
7 Pro Michael Moyers Spectrum +1.502
8 Pro Jack Wolfenden Firman +1.509
9 Pro Sebastian Job Van Diemen +1.857
10 Pro Thomas Capezzone Swift +2.019
11 Pro Carter Williams Ray +2.153
12 Pro Jake Craig Ray +2.345
13 Post89 John Svensson Van Diemen +2.500
14 Pro Jonathan Browne Ray +2.616
15 Pro Colin Mullan Ray +2.739
16 Pro Max Marzorati Firman +3.706
17 Pro Matt Rivett Ray +3.933
18 Post89 Richard Morris Swift +4.581
19 Pro Pascal Monbaron Van Diemen +4.878
20 Pro Tommy Foster Van Diemen +5.238

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