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White secures pole for Heritage FF1600 opener

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

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1   Ollie White Van Diemen 1:15.402
2   Conor Murphy Mondiale +0.075
3   Callum Grant Van Diemen +0.272
4   Richard Tarling Jamun +1.029
5   Jaap Blijeven Reynard +1.517
6   Ted Pearson Merlyn +1.641
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
12   George McDonald Swift +2.742
13   Scott Guthrie Crossle 2.755
14   Matthew Wrigley Merlyn +2.801
15   Neil Hunt Van Diemen +2.862
16   Christopher Stones Van Diemen +3.324
17   Don Boyack Van Diemen +4.233
18   Ian Fernihough Swift +5.064
19   David Porter Van Diemen +5.160
20   George Ditchfield Van Diemen +5.366
21   Alan Slater Nike +8.118
22   Simon Pruce Reynard +10.503
23   David Roark Van Diemen +12.234
24   Nigel Tye Jamun +22.052

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