Hankey Claims Double Pole At Rockingham

Euan Hankey secured pole position for both of tomorrow’s races in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Rockingham.

The Parker With Juta man was the only driver to dip below the 1m20s mark, managing the feat twice to ensure pole for both races.

He said: “It’s been a long time coming to get everything back on track. The races will be a real challenge and I’ve just got to do the job tomorrow.”

Hankey will be joined on the front row of the grid for both races by current championship leader Michael Meadows. Meadows’ two closest pursuers in the standings had solid but unspectacular days with James Sutton managing a third and a fifth and Stephen Jelley grabbing two fourths.

Kieran Vernon showed an upturn in performance securing a fifth and an eighth place start, his best qualifying since he joined the series in June.

Richard Plant will start the first race sixth but a competitive second fastest time means he will start the second race from third.

Jonas Gelzinis and Sam Tordoff rounded off a top eight that was separated by less than half a second. The pair managed to leapfrog Vernon on the grid for the second race of the day by setting better second fastest times than the Motorbase man.

Gelzinis’ two top eight grid slots gave him both pole positions in Pro-Am1 ahead of Rory Butcher who was second in the category on both occasions. Daniele Perfetti and Derek Pierce took a third position each.

In Pro-Am2 Yucel Ozbek took two poles ahead of team mate Keith Webster who will start both races from second in the class. Steve Parish and George Brewster will both start a race from third.

The first race of the day begins at 10:00.

For the full classification see here:http://www.tsl-timing.com/toca/2011/113703por.pdf

Thomas Surgay

Tom Surgay is the Porsche Carrera Cup GB correspondant for 2011. Tom's currently studying English Language with Journalism at Huddersfield University. You can contact him at tom@btcccrazy.co.uk or on twitter @tsurgay.