Chris England and Andrew Evans will start on pole for the first of two races at Snetterton for the LMP3 Cup, with a best time of 1.44.964, just 0.005 ahead of the #96 Speedworks car of Devon Modell and Jack Butel.
The ten minute qualifying session is only eligible for the ‘gentlemen’ driver, and at the start it was Tony Wells in the #3 United Autosports car who went to the top of the time sheets with a 1.46.690, one and a half seconds clear of their sister #2 car, driven Chris England, but with everyone having to find a good second and a half or so around the 3 mile Snetterton ‘300’ circuit.
Inside the final four minutes, Devon Modell in the #96 Speedworks car put in his personal best of a 1.45.184, which was disallowed due to track limits, however he went around the next lap and improved further, this time keeping it insider the white lines, to take provisional pole with as 1.44.969.
However, Chris England had other ideas, setting a personal best in the second sector to snatch pole away from Speedworks, with a 1.44.964, taking it by 0.005 of a second. Afterwards he said that the work they had done in the morning practice session had enabled them to have the car in the ‘sweet spot’.
Starting third is the #3 car of Tony Wells and Matt Bell. Wells said after qualifying ‘we changed the car back to the setup we had used in the test session during the week and that seemed to improve the car. It felt really nice to drive and we didn’t have any understeer. On my final lap, I had set the fastest sector 2 time, and got a great exit onto the back straight, but coming under the bridge into Brundle I braked a little too late, and slide wide to miss the apex slightly, costing myself two tenths of a second, which would have put me on pole. However we have a great chance from third”.
Championship leaders Colin Noble and Alasdair McCaig line up fourth with a 1.45.544, half a second off pole. McCaig was still struggling with understeer, as he had in the morning practice, through the fast corners.
In fifth was Mike Newbould and Thomas Randle, with Newbould qualifying the car, in only his second season of car racing. His best time was a 1.49.555, four and a half seconds off pole position.
The race starts at 15:10 GMT for one hour.
1st #2 England/Evans 1.44.964
2nd #96 Modell/Butel 1.44.969
3rd #3 Wells/Bell 1.45.177
4th #79 Noble/McCaig 1.45.544
5th #72 Newbould/Randle 1.49.555