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McArthurs only 0.007s apart in fight for Anglesey Northern pole

David McArthur held off his younger brother Tom to claim BRSCC Avon Tyres Northern Formula Ford 1600 pole position by only 0.007s at Anglesey after a last lap effort.

The younger McArthur had spent most of the session at the top of the times, steadily bring the benchmark time down from a 1m53.871s to a 1m49.708s.

A last lap push from both drivers temporarily gave Tom pole but David McArthur stole top spot at the chequered flag by the narrowest of margins.

Myerscough College racer Jack Wolfenden, who had briefly been fastest after the first flying laps, was the only driver to come close to the McArthurs on pace, 0.084s off pole.

Wolfenden had come into the pits shortly after his first run for a set-up change to the front of his car but couldn’t quite beat the pace of his B-M Racing rivals.

Team Dolan’s Morgan Quinn was fourth fastest but will not take part in the Northern races, having used qualifying as a test session after missing the Friday test day due to exams.

Aaron Jeansonne, who ended up fifth, was also using the Northern qualifying session as practice for National, after suffering gearbox issues that limited his running on Friday.

Quinn and Jeansonne’s absences from the race will promote JRT driver Pascal Monbaron (Van Diemen) to fourth on the grid, who was just over three seconds off the McArthur pair’s lightning pace.

2012 National FF1600 champion John Murphy made a late switch from an SCA-class Van Diemen RF90 to an SCD-class Merlyn Mk20A but was still seventh fastest overall, and thus fifth on the grid for race one and on pole for his class.

Arden-backed Abbie Munro will line her Oldfield Motorsport Van Diemen up sixth on the grid, ahead of SCB frontrunners Ian Schofield and Stuart Jones.  

Qualifying results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 P David McArthur Medina 1m49.701s
2 P Tom McArthur Medina +0.007
3 P Jack Wolfenden Firman +0.084
4 P Morgan Quinn* Van Diemen +2.367
5 P Aaron Jeansonne* Van Diemen +2.387
6 P Pascal Monbaron Van Diemen +3.336
7 SC John Murphy Merlyn +3.820
8 P Abbie Munro Van Diemen +4.570
9 SC Andrew Schofield Reynard +5.820
10 SC Stuart Jones Reynard +9.816
11 SC Phil Nelson Hawke +9.820
12 SC Juiceie Bruceie Reynard +9.996
13 SC Nick Barnes Swift +10.708
14 SC Richard Ketterman Reynard +13.818
15 SC Simon Fraser Van Diemen +15.584

*Driver will not participate in Northern Race 1 or 2

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