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Michael Eastwell takes BRSCC National pole at Silverstone

Michael Eastwell’s BRSCC Avon Tyres National FF1600 return continued with pole for the opening race at Silverstone.

The Kevin Mills Racing driver, who made his first appearance of the season last time out at Kirkistown, topped the times for much of the session and his best effort came with four minutes of the session to go.

“I had a perfect car, and it was all about being in the right place [on track] at the right time,” Eastwell said.

The top two were split by 0.084 seconds, with Cliff Dempsey Racing’s Jonathan Browne taking the second spot on the front row seconds after Eastwell set the pole lap.

Two-time Walter Hayes Trophy winner Michael Moyers, another championship returnee with KMR, was third fastest and 0.173s off pole.

Championship leader Ross Martin, without the aid of a tow, ended the session in fourth.

There were no lap times set in the last two minutes of the session, as John Svensson’s suffered a second engine failure in two days and spilled oil through Copse corner.

While there was no red flags waved, all the drivers returned to the pits and the session order remained static.

CDR’s James Clarke was fifth, ahead of the returning combination of Don Hardman Racing and Joey Foster, Swift Cooper’s Thomas Capezzone, and the third CDR car of Spike Kohlbecker.

Pitting even earlier than the rest of the field was B-M Racing’s Tom McArthur, but he still qualified ninth fastest. His team-mate Rory Smith only managed one flying lap due to a technical problem and lines up in last place.

Henry Chart took Clubman class pole for Oldfield Motorsport in 12th, with Pascal Monbaron and Svensson completing the top three in their classification – all within a second of overall pole.

Scottish FF1600 regular Kenny Cowie ended up being the last driver on track after Svensson’s slip and qualified 16th.

Qualifying results

Pos Class Driver Car Time
1 Pro Michael Eastwell Spectrum 1:01.317
2 Pro Jonathan Browne Ray +0.084
3 Pro Michael Moyers Spectrum +0.173
4 Pro Ross Martin Van Diemen +0.213
5 Pro James Clarke Ray +0.257
6 Pro Joey Foster Firman +0.289
7 Pro Thomas Capezzone Swift +0.374
8 Pro Spike Kohlbecker Ray +0.400
9 Pro Tom McArthur Medina +0.422
10 Pro Michael Macpherson Spectrum +0.489
11 Pro Jamie Sharp Van Diemen +0.588
12 CM Henry Chart Van Diemen +0.694
13 Pro Morgan Quinn Van Diemen +0.814
14 CM Pascal Monbaron Ray +0.902
15 CM John Svensson Van Diemen +0.974
16 Pro Kenny Cowie Ray +1.159
17 CM Nigel Dolan Van Diemen +1.363
18 CM Adam Quartermaine Van Diemen +1.381
19 CM Sam Street Swift +2.236
20 Pro Rory Smith Medina +3.349s

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