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Harvey on pole in rain-hit Classic FF1600 qualifying at Donington

Tim Harvey snatched pole position at the last possible moment from Simon Hadfield in a rain-hit qualifying session for the Classic FF1600 at Donington Park .

Harvey pipped Hadfield, who had led for most of the session in his BRSCC Northern FF1600 race-winning Lotus 59, by a tiny margin.

A soaking wet track proved a challenging obstacle for Classic FF1600 drivers throughout the session at Donington.

2018 Class A champion Mark Armstrong was third in his Van Diemen, ahead of guest driver Simon Jackson’s Javelin.

Championship challengers Rick Morris (Royale RP29) and Ben Tinkler (Van Diemen RF80) could not quite master the waterlogged asphalt and will start fifth and seventh, separated by Matthew Wrigley’s Class B Merlyn.

The session was interrupted by a safety car period, brought out by Stuart Kestenbaum’s Class B Crossle having an excursion into the gravel at Mcleans.

Kestenbaum was able to restart and qualified in 15th place. Not long before the chequered flag, Stephen Mawhinney caught the same slippery patch that had caught out Kestenbaum.

The rain appears to be subsiding, so the two races tomorrow may be a completely different story.

Qualifying results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 A Tim Harvey Van Diemen 1:34.709
2 B Simon Hadfield Lotus +1.485
3 A Mark Armstrong Van Diemen +1.820
4 A Simon Jackson Javelin +2790
5 A Rick Morris Royale +3.359
6 B Matthew Wrigley Merlyn +4.089
7 A Ben Tinkler Van Diemen +4.943
8 A Kevin Mansell Crossle +5.677
9 A Mark Harrison Lola +7.194
10 A Joe Walton Crossle +7.367
11 A Steve Pearce Van Diemen +8.349
12 A Paul Britten PRS +9.058
13 A Stephen Mawhinney Crossle +9.421
14 A George Ditchfield Van Diemen +10.919
15 B Stuart Kestenbaum Crossle +11.430
16 B Dave Lowe Lotus +12.605
17 A Will Zanelli Van Diemen +13.971
18 A Phil Attwood Crossle +14.693
19 A Simon Clews Royale +14.924
20 A James Hagan Crossle +16.126
21 A Paul Crosbie Van Diemen +16.731
22 A Ben Hadfield Van Diemen +17.069
23 B Robin Haslam Alexis +17.390
24 B Ian Jeary Dulon +17.924
25 A Richard Yeomans Crossle +18.155
26 A Alan Fincham Van Diemen +20.815


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