Neil Maclennan edges Jordan Gronkowski to pole in ultra-tight qualifying

Kevin Mills Racing’s Neil Maclennan claimed pole position for the opening Scottish FF1600 race at Knockhill following a titanic qualifying battle with Jordan Gronkowski.

Maclennan, who won the Scottish title in 2016, set a best time of 54.012s to end up just 0.018 seconds faster than current points leader Gronkowski.

The pair were nip and tuck through the 12-minute session, with Maclennan’s first effort of 54.272s being matched almost exactly by Gronkowski’s 54.293.

Maclennan, who last drove the conventional layout of Knockhill in 2017, proved to have just enough of a margin to secure pole as Gronkowski aborted his final lap.

Behind the leading pair, Maclennan’s KMR team-mate Michael Macpherson claimed the third fastest time, over half a second adrift.

Privateers Neil Broome and Matt Chisholm followed and were the last drivers under the 55-second bracket.

Rotor Racing’s Kenny Cowie was sixth fastest in his Rotor Racing-prepared Mygale, ahead of the Graham Brunton Racing Ray duo of Steve Barlow and Logan Hannah, who were without their usual team-mate Cameron Thomson.

Competing the field was Scottish C1 Cup driver and Formula Ford debutant Glenn Alcock, driving for the Cloan Motorsport team making its comeback to the category after an absence of almost two years.

Qualifying results

1Neil MaclennanSpectrum54.012
2Jordan GronkowskiVan Diemen+0.018
3Michael MacphersonSpectrum+0.582
4Neil BroomeRay+0.833
5Matthew ChisholmVan Diemen+0.964
6Kenny CowieMygale+0.997
7Steve BarlowRay+1.249
7Logan HannahRay+1.280
8Glenn AlcockRay+5.819

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