Sunday was a much warmer affair than Saturday’s qualifying, however the pole position man from 24 hours ago, once again shot to the top of the time sheets, with Christian England on pole by 0.199 from his teammate Tony Wells.
England was the first out of the pit lane, with his first lap being a 1.45.929, one second quicker than Alasdair McCaig, the championship leader who won Race 1 yesterday. England’s second lap was some 8 tenths faster than his first, however Tony Wells used a clear track to set personal best times in the first and second sector, as well as a fastest time in the third, jumping him up to second with a 1.45.240, just 0.063 behind his teammate in the #2 United Autosports car.
Jack Butel in the #96 Speedworks car, took to the wheel of the Ligier JSP3 for the qualifying session today, having left those duties to Devon Modell yesterday. Butel said this was so that he could start this afternoons race, before handing over to Devon to take the finish of the race. This will give Butel more experience, as he plans to do the final round at Donington, alone. The best he could manage in qualifying was fourth, his fastest time being a 1.45.914, 1.2 seconds off pole.
At the front England once again sealed his dominance when it comes to this weekend qualifying, with his final lap being the fastest of the session, knitting the fastest sectors together, which equaled a pole position time 1.44.713. He said after “I was pleased with that lap, we have managed to improve the car over the weekend, and have definitely gone in the right direction. My final lap was the quickest, it took some time for the tires to come in. But we’ve got some good pace”. They were in the pound seats for the win yesterday before Andrew Evans, his teammate, made a small error. However they have the chance for the top step in this afternoons race.
Alasdair McCaig jumped up to second, with his fastest time being also on his final lap. The Scot said “it was a good improvement, and the fastest lap Ive done around here. Christian (England) is really fast, so I’m just going to try and tag onto the back of him from the start”. They qualified ahead of championship rivals Tony Wells in the #3 United Autosport car, who lines up third. Afterwards, Wells said “the car was better today, especially under braking, but I just couldn’t maximise the most from it. We also had some understeer but it was minimal and I was able to drive around it”.
The second race of the weekend starts at 15:40 GMT, and Alasdair McCaig and Colin Noble stand a good chance too seal the championship with a strong result this afternoon. With that, they will also secure a position on the grid for the 2018 Road to Le Mans, the support race for the famous 24 hours.