Oliver White secured the first Zig Zag Lighting Heritage Formula Ford pole of the year at Donington Park, defeating Conor Murphy in a thrilling duel by just 0.075s.
White continually lowered the pole time throughout the 15-minute qualifying session, although was closely followed by Murphy and Callum Grant’s Van Diemen RF91.
White’s final flying lap of 1m15.402s was ultimately enough to secure pole ahead of Murphy, while Grant ended up third fastest just 0.272s behind.
Richard Tarling led the session early on, but was forced to settle for fourth after falling foul of a gearbox issue on his Jamun M92. He was therefore relegated to the pits for the rest of qualifying, his best lap of 1m 16.431s just over a second off White’s pole lap.
Tarling is therefore in doubt for the first race of the championship later this afternoon, meaning his debut may have to wait until race two.
The rest of the top ten was closely fought between several drivers, Jaap Blijvien coming out on top in his Reynard FF88 in fifth. Ted Pearson secured sixth on the grid ahead of Mark de Rozarieux, with Joe Porter eighth.
The top ten was rounded out Craig Currie and Andrew Higginbottom in a pair of Van Diemen RF88’s, separated by the proverbial cigarette paper.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Pearson
|1||Ollie White||Van Diemen||1:15.402|
|3||Callum Grant||Van Diemen||+0.272|
|7||Mark De Rozarieux||Van Diemen||+1.881|
|8||Joe Porter||Van Diemen||+1.979|
|9||Craig Currie||Van Diemen||+2.002|
|10||Andrew Higginbottom||Van Diemen||+2.543|
|11||Graham Woodin||Van Diemen||+2.719|
|15||Neil Hunt||Van Diemen||+2.862|
|16||Christopher Stones||Van Diemen||+3.324|
|17||Don Boyack||Van Diemen||+4.233|
|19||David Porter||Van Diemen||+5.160|
|20||George Ditchfield||Van Diemen||+5.366|
|23||David Roark||Van Diemen||+12.234|