Louise Richardson showed why she is a real title contender for the 2010 Ginetta Junior Championship by securing pole position for Round 11 of the series at Snetterton.
The TJ Motorsport star set a time of 1m25.395 seconds to get her second pole position of the season, and will be looking to convert it to her first win of the season to narrow the gap at the top of standings. A second best lap time of 1m25.954 seconds gave her fourth place on the grid for Round 12, so a podium will be in her sights in the second race of the day.
“I'm so happy to get pole position again, it's a great feeling”, said the 17-year-old, “The slipstream will be a problem in the races, it'll be difficult to break the tow, but I've been able to lap consistently this weekend so far – we've found I've been able to run four or five laps all within a 10th of a second of each other while some of the others have just been nailing one quick lap.
“Being consistent will be the key to the races tomorrow I think, if I can get a good start and string together some quick laps at the start we'll hopefully be able to build a gap. I'll be really pleased if we can get a couple of podiums but if I can get a win, I'll be ecstatic!”
The surprise package of qualifying was Adam Bonham, who was 0.325 seconds adrift of Richardson to get second on the grid, a careers best performance by the youngster. Chris Swanwick was only 0.004 seconds slower than team mate Bonham to get third. Championship leader Jake Hill qualified fourth, with title rival Tom Ingram fifth. Jody Fannin rounded off the top six, with reigning champion Sarah Moore seventh, just ahead of Alex Austin. David Moore and Seb Morris, the championships youngest competitor, rounded out the top ten, with Morris producing his best qualifying run of his debut season.
Team Parker Racing had a day to remember, with Swanick's and Bonham's second best times good enough to give the team a 1-2 on the grid for Round 12. Hot on their heels will be the three main title protagonists, with Hill, Richardson and Ingram lining up third, fourth and fifth respectively. Fannin again lines up sixth, with Austin, Sarah Moore, Morris and David Moore rounding out the top ten.