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Tilley secures final Classic FF1600 pole of 2018 at Brands

Multiple Luna Logistics Classic Formula Ford 1600 race winner Benn Tilley narrowly secured the final pole position of 2018 at Brands Hatch for the Formula Ford Festival support race.

The Lincolnshire driver, who is competing in his debut season in the series, was dicing with FF1600 veteran Rick Morris throughout for the top spot, eventually securing pole for the first race by 0.180s.

Tilley, running in a Merlyn MK20A, has already taken the Class B championship heading into the Brands finale weekend, having taken seven victories throughout the season.

Morris kept Tilley honest throughout the early running of the 15-minute session in his Royal RP29, but the final laps couldn’t yield a quicker time for either of the top two.

It was a tougher session for the Class A championship leaders though – Mark Armstrong having to make several trips to the pits for tweaks to his Van Diemen RF80, could only secure sixth.

Title rival Steve Pearce, who headed into the Brands weekend just seven points behind Armstrong, could only manage eighth in his Van Diemen RF78, 1.6s off Tilley’s pole time.

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 B Benn Tilley Merlyn 52.104
2 A Rick Morris Royale +0.180
3 A Scott Mansell Crossle +0.302
4 B Stuart Kestenbaum Crossle +0.651
5 A Nicholas Gibson Crossle +0.756
6 A Mark Armstrong Van Diemen +0.883
7 A Kevin Mansell Crossle +1.537
8 A Steve Pearce Van Diemen +1.648
9 B Ian Jeary Elden +1.921
10 B Dave Lowe Lotus +1.954
11 B Steve Greenwood Beattie +1.971
12 A Phillip Attwood Crossle +2.958
13 A Mark Harrison Lola +3.014
14 B Simon Clews Elden +3.559
15 A Laurie Hughes Van Diemen +6.995
16 B Michael Saunders Hawke +8.400
17 A Ben Hadfield Van Diemen +10.971

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