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Chinese F4 ace Dempsey storms to Walter Hayes Heat 2 pole

Jordan Dempsey claimed pole position for heat two of the Walter Hayes Trophy in his Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum, setting a time of 1m02.702s.

Dempsey, who has been competing in and won Chinese F4 in 2018, was 0.260s faster than second place Matthew Cowley (Van Diemen).

B-M Racing’s Sebastian Job’s time of 1m02.987s had originally been good enough for third place, ahead of Cliff Dempsey Racing’s James Clarke. However, both Job and Clarke were penalised two positions for breaching track limits, demoting them to fifth and sixth.

This promoted Swift Cooper’s Luke Cooper to third, who is using an engine from Alan Slater’s Nike Mk4 following an engine failure in last month’s Formula Ford Festival.

The reigning Castle Combe FF1600 champion felt the engine swap had hampered his pace.

“[I] just didn’t get a tow. The borrowed engine isn’t quite up to it, so I needed a tow for a fast lap,” said Cooper of his fifth-placed effort before promotion to third on the grid.

“The engine’s been in a classic car, it hasn’t done that many miles but hasn’t been able to show what it can do. It can’t quite cut it at the moment.”

TM Racing’s Felix Fisher (Ray) was sixth fastest but now starts fourth after setting a 1m03.187s – almost half a second slower than Dempsey’s pole time.

Tom Hawkins, who like Cooper is a regular in the Castle Combe championship was seventh in a Ray, posting a 1m04.437s, 1.7s off the pace.

Tom Brown (Van Diemen) was eighth ahead of Derek M Daly, Paul Mason and Arnaud Tsamere in ninth, 10th and 11th respectively.

Neil Hunt was 12th in his Mondiale with Steve Deeks (Van Diemen), Martin Freidl (Merlyn), David Billington and Andy Clark (both Van Diemen) round off the field.

Qualifying results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 Jordan Dempsey Spectrum 1:02.702
2 Matthew Cowley Van Diemen +0.260
3 Luke Cooper Swift +0.452
4 Felix Fisher Ray +0.485
5 Sebastian Job Van Diemen +0.285*
6 James Clarke Ray +0.412*
7 Tom Hawkins Ray +1.735
8 H Tom Brown Van Diemen +2.313
9 C Derek Daly Van Diemen +2.595
10 C Paul Mason Swift +2.654
11 C Arnauld Tsamere Van Diemen +2.831
12 C Neil Hunt Mondiale +3.223
13 H Steve Deeks Van Diemen +3.243
14 H Martin Friedl Merlyn +3.787
15 C David Billington Van Diemen +4.970
16 Andy Clark Van Diemen +5.062

* Two place grid penalty for breaching track limits

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