Henry Chart secured pole position for the Formula Ford 1600 Masters race despite spending the final few minutes of the session in the pitlane, edging Sebastian Melrose and Tom McArthur.
Chart’s fastest lap in his Van Diemen MS13K came with four minutes of the 20 scheduled. After that, he decided to spend the remaining few minutes in the pits.
He traded fastest lap times with late Classics entrant Melrose and McArthur – the latter himself spending a period of time in the pits – for much of the session.
Chart and Melrose often found themselves together on the track, trying to utilise each other’s respective tows. McArthur meanwhile tried to find clean air at the end but failed to improve.
Another late entrant, Gary Sykes, was also quick, rounding out the top four.
Stuart Kestenbaum was the fastest of the pre-1972 entrants, ending up sixth overall.
The session went without much incident, with Steve Barlow spinning his Ray GR09 at Paddock Hill being the only major off.
Norwegian driver Dan Rene Larsen rounded out the field, some 13 seconds off the pace, after spending much of the session in the pits.
|1||P89||Henry Chart||Van Diemen||51.005|
|7||P89||Thomas Johansson||Van Diemen||+1.775|
|10||P89||Derek Daly||Van Diemen||+2.088|