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Michael Eastwell claims Walter Hayes Heat 1 pole

Michael Eastwell has claimed the first pole position for the 2018 Walter Hayes Trophy.

The National Formula Ford frontrunner was the quickest for the vast majority of the session, ahead of his National rival, Chris Middlehurst in his Van Diemen.

Richard Tarling repeated his 2017 WHT heroics by qualifying third in his new Jamun M92, which dates from 1992. He may well not take up his position on the grid this afternoon to protect his car, as he is concentrating on the Pre-93 final.

The first three qualifiers claimed their spots early on, but the rest of the field was more fluid. Max Marzorati showed no signs of nerves after his Festival crash and acquitted himself well.

Former Festival winner Klaus Dieter Haeckel was also in the mix, alongside Rick Morris in his Royale.

Doug Crosbie, driving a 1989 Van Diemen, was a strong fourth, completing a trio of pre-93 cars.

Josh Fisher was expected to qualify strongly in his Van Diemen, but an oil leak meant that he spent much of the session in the pits. David McCullough and Liam McShane were also affected by the slippery stuff, both going off at Brooklands before the oil warning flag was put out.

Qualifying results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 Michael Eastwell Spectrum 1:03.375
2 Chris Middlehurst Van Diemen +0.554
3 C Richard Tarling Jamun +1.622
4 David McCullough Van Diemen +2.134
5 C Klaus Dieter Hackel Van Diemen +2.219
6 Max Marzorati Swift +2.405
7 C Doug Crosbie Van Diemen +2.479
8 C Rick Morris Royale +2.512
9 C Nicolas Beloon Van Diemen +2.732
10 Vincent Jay Ray +2.986
11 C Daniel O’Beirne Swift +3.078
12 C Joe Porter Van Diemen +3.277
13 Lloyd Hopes Swift +3.292
14 Jack Kemp Ray +3.570
15 Josh Fisher Van Diemen +3.902
16 H Liam McShane Crossle +4.946
17 C Lorna Vickers Van Diemen +5.511

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