Antel Motorsport's Dino Zamparelli and Fortec Motorsport's Josh Webster shared the pole positions in qualifying for Rounds Seven and Eight of the 2011 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship at Croft in North Yorkshire.
The day's opening twenty minute session saw Zamparelli set an early time of 1min 20.265s, which his rivals could not better, giving the Brands Hatch race winner his fourth pole position of the season. His closest challenger was James Thorp, the early championship leader finishing just 0.135s adrift.
Third fastest, only 0.087s slower, was Archie Hamilton, heading Fortec team-mates Kieran Vernon and Webster, whose progress was hampered by a puncture early in the session. Sixth fastest and the top rookie was Scorpio Motorsport's Hector Hurst, who finished just 0.010s behind Webster and 0.371s ahead of team-mate and winner last time out, Kourosh Khani.
Completing the top ten were Luke Wright, the Clio Cup racer making a one off return to the series in place of Russell Danzey at MGR Motorsport, RPD Motorsport's Steven Durrant and Fortec's Spanish racer Victor Jiminez. The leading Hillspeed runner was Zaamin Jaffer in twelfth, while Jack Dex topped the SWB Motorsport drivers in fifteenth.
The day's second session saw Webster set a 1min 21.014s lap to snatch his first pole position of the season, beating Zamparelli by just 0.020s. Mtech Lite's Thorp continued his strong day's performance with third, ahead of Hamilton and Vernon.
Wright took sixth ahead of Scorpio pairing Hurst and Khani, while Howard Fuller took ninth, an improvement from fourteenth in the first session. Jiminez once again took tenth, with Durrant and Antel's Callum Bowyer just missing out on the top ten.
Zamparelli said: “The first session was better than the second, but still front row for both. P1 for the first one, a good way to start, then the second one we're just going to have to get off the line well and see. Two wins is on the cards and it's what I'm looking for tomorrow.”
Webster commented: “The first one was a bit unfortunate cause we got a puncture in the early stages, so I had to put a really worn tyre on as a spare. It didn't go too well and I wasn't quite happy with the car, so we made some changes and gone back to where we were in the morning, which really worked out. I'm really happy, Chris my mechanic got the car absolutely mint and I'm now looking forward to the racing.”
Thorp added: “I'm satisfied that we're up there and able to challenge for the wins. However I feel that we could have done better, we should really be on pole for at least the first one and I'm a little bit disappointed we slipped to third in the second one. But saying that, qualifying can only take you so far, you get the points for the races not qualifying. Tomorrow I'll be looking to get a good start and challenge for the win in both races.”