Rick Morris’s experience paid off at a wind-blasted Snetterton as he posted yet another pole in the Luna Logistics Classic Formula Ford championship.
Long-term Royale driver Morris was almost a second faster than his nearest challenger, a resurgent Mike Gardner in his Crossle.
Gardner has struggled with car problems and also with an injured shoulder this season, but was a clear second quickest behind Morris.
Third on the grid will be taken by Simon Jackson in his ex-Nigel Mansell Javelin.
Jackson, who is the 2018 French Historic Formula 3 champion and father of Historic Formula Ford championship leader Cameron Jackson, was just over a second behind Gardner.
Current championship leader and Morris’s chief title rival, Tim Harvey, could only manage fourth place in his Gulf-coloured Van Diemen, part of a tight group with Crossle driver Craig Currie and Swiss Gislain Genecand, whose Crossle 25F is a more common sight in the HSCC FF1600 series.
2018 Class A champion Mark Armstrong also struggled, putting his Van Diemen RF80 in ninth place.
Stuart Kestenbaum (Crossle 16F) is the leading Class B driver in eleventh, just behind tenth-placed Kevin Mansell in a later Crossle.
Mark Harrison qualified the Lola T504E that he usually shares with son Jordan, whose rivalry with Morris peaked at Thruxton with a spectacular last-lap crash. He will start in 16th.
|1||A||Rick Morris||Royale RP29||2:07.149|
|2||A||Mike Gardner||Crossle 30/32F||+0.856|
|3||A||Simon Jackson||Javelin JL5||+1.858|
|4||A||Tim Harvey||Van Diemen RF81||+1.919|
|5||A||Craig Currie||Crossle 30/32F||+2.240|
|6||G||Gislain Genecand||Crossle 25F||+2.472|
|7||A||Will Zanelli||Van Diemen RF80||+2.808|
|8||A||Scott Guthrie||Crossle 25F||+2.881|
|9||A||Mark Armstrong||Van Diemen RF80||+3.318|
|10||A||Kevin Mansell||Crossle 32F||+3.325|
|11||B||Stuart Kestenbaum||Crossle 16F||+3.642|
|12||A||Alan Fincham||Van Diemen RF80||+4.252|
|13||A||Steve Pearce||Van Diemen RF81||+4.866|
|14||B||Ian Jeary||Dulon LD9||+8.174|
|15||B||David Lowe||Lotus 69||+9.077|
|16||A||Mark Harrison||Lola T504E||+9.410|
|17||A||Ben Hadfield||Van Diemen RF78||+9.734|
|18||A||Phil Attwood||Crossle 32F||+10.545|
|19||A||Terry Durdin||Crossle 32F||+14.995|
|20||A||George Ditchfield||Van Diemen RF78||+15.221|
|21||A||Rupert Howe||Royale RP26||+15.884|
|22||A||Michael Saunders||PRS RH01||+20.693|