Rory Butcher took pole position for both of the weekend’s races at Croft yesterday after producing a stunning performance in the thirty minute qualifying session. The Scot lapped the North Yorkshire circuit in a best time of 1m22.252s to secure his first career Carrera Cup pole. He followed this up two laps later with the best second fastest time to complete a memorable session.
“I’m absolutely delighted. I can’t believe it,” he said.
Jonas Gelzinis and Michael Meadows managed a second and third position each but while the Lithuanian driver had a trouble free session, championship leader Meadows dramatically tangled with team mate Yucel Ozbek, damaging both cars and giving Redline Racing plenty of work to do in the short gap before the first race.
Daniel Lloyd netted a pair of fourth positions to continue his strong start to the season while Glynn Geddie and Sam Tordoff took a fifth and a sixth each. For Geddie it was a case of what could have been as he crashed midway through the session at Sunny, during a lap in which he had set the best first and second sector times of the session. The crash ended his session and added to Redline Racing’s list of repairs.
Ahmad Al Harthy once again grabbed the initiative in Pro-Am1 as he took pole position in the category for both races. Victor Jiminez and Oly Mortimer were his two closest challengers with a pair of second and third positions respectively.
In Pro-Am2 Will Goff edged out Tautvydas Barstys to claim double category pole position.
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