Gronkowski dominates qualifying for David Leslie Trophy pole

Scottish Formula Ford championship leader Jordan Gronkowski continued a run of strong 2019 qualifying performances to take pole position for race one of the David Leslie Trophy meeting at Knockhill.

Gronkowski topped much of the 12-minute session, slowly whittling down his fastest time, with initial competition coming from Neil Broome, who lapped within four hundredths of his best time of 56.205s on the opening effort.

The gap increased gradually between the two within the first five minutes, as Gronkowski went into the low 55s, putting the margin to a tenth, and then adding another between the pair.

One-off Graham Brunton Racing entrant Matt Cowley then jumped into second before posting his quickest time of the session, a 55.096s, which would go onto secure the position.

Gronkowski then dipped into the 54s with a 54.874s to secure his third pole position of the season.

Rotor Racing’s Kenny Cowie also jumped in front of Broome with just under 20 seconds to go, pushing him down to fourth in the order.

Matthew Chisholm finished fifth, ahead of the other two GBR-run machines of Logan Hannah and Steve Barlow.

The final position went to Cowie’s team-mate for the weekend, 2018 Radical SR1 champion James Pinkerton, who is making his debut in Scottish Formula Ford and spent the session gradually bringing himself up to speed with the Mygale car.

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 Jordan Gronkowski Van Diemen 54.874
2 Matthew Cowley Ray +0.222
3 Kenneth Cowie Mygale +0.332
4 Neil Broome Ray +0.374
5 Matthew Chisholm Van Diemen +0.490
6 Logan Hannah Ray +0.765
7 Steven Barlow Ray +0.875
8 James Pinkerton Mygale +2.697

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