Callum Grant has put his Merlyn Mk20A on pole for the first HSCC Historic Formula Ford race at Croft, despite saying he was not going to race it again this year.
Grant was 0.177s ahead of championship leader Cameron Jackson’s Winkelmann WDF2, setting up a possible rematch of their victory battle at Snetterton in June.
All three Classic Team Merlyn cars were present, with Pierre Livingston the leading CTM driver in third place.
Ed Thurston was fifth, having had to visit the pits during the 15-minute session, just ahead of Benjamin Tusting.
Livingston was only half a second behind Jackson, meaning a repeat of the three-way lead fight at Cadwell is on the cards.
Splitting the CTM cars is Ted Pearson in his Merlyn Mk11/17. Pearson earned a fourth place starting spot and is also the leading Radio Caroline Over 50 driver.
Over 50s championship leader Rob Smith (Merlyn Mk20) will start eighth, behind Tusting and Danny Stanzl’s Elden Mk8.
Stanzl and ninth-placed Matt Wrigley had both jumped straight into their FF1600 cars from a Guards Trophy qualifying session and were feeling the effects of the morning’s hot weather.
Chris Stuart took the last top-ten spot in his Crossle, third in the Over 50s class.
|1||Callum Grant||Merlyn Mk20A||1:29.755|
|2||Cameron Jackson||Winkelmann WDF2||+0.177|
|3||Pierre Livingston||Merlyn Mk20A||+0.483|
|4||50||Ted Pearson||Merlyn Mk11/17||+1.065|
|5||Ed Thurston||Merlyn Mk20A||+1.103|
|6||Benjamin Tusting||Merlyn Mk20A||+1.167|
|7||Danny Stanzl||Elden Mk8||+1.662|
|8||50||Rob Smith||Merlyn Mk20||+1.757|
|9||Matthew Wrigley||Merlyn Mk11A/20||+2.139|
|10||50||Chris Stuart||Crossle 16F||+2.843|
|11||50||Louis Hanjoul||Elden Mk8/10||+4.619|
|12||50||Nigel Adams||Lotus 61||+7.900|
|13||50||Nick Arden||Merlyn Mk11A||+9.814|
|14||50||Donald Laird||Elden Mk8||+11.158|
|15||50||John Hayes-Harlow||Merlyn Mk11A||No time|