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Jack Wolfenden tops Northern qualifying at Mallory Park

Jack Wolfenden claimed pole position for the third race of the BRSCC Avon Tyres Northern FF1600 Championship after dominating qualifying at Mallory Park.

Wolfenden recovered from some handling issues in practice with his Myerscough College-run Firman RFR17 to set a 49.125s lap early in the session, a time which was not beaten.

James Hadfield – who topped free practice – was 0.178s behind in second place, on his first outing in the Van Diemen RF03.

His father Simon qualified a strong third in his Lotus 51, which is more than a half-century old, and just a further tenth behind. He was also comfortably the fastest of the historic machinery in the Super Classic D class.

Mark Bates pipped Joe Porter and Nigel Dolan to fourth, with 0.020s covering the trio. Bates’s lap also put him on pole in Super Classic A.

Super Classic championship leader Andrew Schofield was the poleman in the SCB sub-class in seventh place in his Reynard 89FF, and the last driver within a second of Wolfenden.

Crossle driver Stuart Kestenbaum qualified eighth, ahead of Neil Hunt (Mondiale) and Juiceie Bruceie (Reynard).

Simon Clews, the sole runner in Super Class C, was 13th fastest overall.

Matt Payne failed to set a time after his Van Diemen developed a misfire in practice.

Qualifying results

Pos Class Driver Car Time
1 P Jack Wolfenden Firman 49.125
2 P James Hadfield Van Diemen +0.178
3 SC Simon Hadfield Lotus +0.290
4 SC Mark Bates Van Diemen +0.454
5 SC Joe Porter Van Diemen +0.471
6 P Nigel Dolan Van Diemen +0.474
7 SC Ian Schofield Reynard +0.840
8 SC Stuart Kestenbaum Crossle +1.280
9 SC Neil Hunt Mondiale +1.456
10 SC Juiceie Bruceie Reynard +1.547
11 SC Alaric Gordon Swift +1.558
12 SC Peter Daly Van Diemen +1.709
13 SC Simon Clews Royale +2.324
14 SC Nick Barnes Swift +2.401
15 SC Robin Haslam Alexis +3.401
16 SC Tim Bennett Alexis +9.747
17 P Matt Payne Van Diemen no time

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