Title rivals Josh Webster and Scott Malvern took a pole apiece in qualifying for Rounds Ten, Eleven and Twelve of the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship at Donington Park.
Webster set the pace in the opening fifteen minute session to take pole for the day’s opening race, before Malvern topped the timesheets in the second session to lead the grid for race’s two, with David Wagner posting the best second fastest time in that session to take the race three pole.
On an overcast morning in Leicestershire, a close opening session saw Webster’s best lap of 1:07.726s take pole from Malvern by just 0.011s, with Webster’s MGR Motorsport team-mate Wagner only 0.007s further adrift in an incredibly tight session.
Seb Morris, who holds an outside chance of taking the title, was fourth for Fortec Motorsports ahead of the in-form Kieran Vernon, with Jake Dalton completing the top six, 0.491s behind his MGR team-mate on pole.
While the opening session was close, the second session was even closer, with the top two split by just 0.007s and a second splitting the top eighteen.
Cullen Motorsport’s Malvern just edged out Wagner for pole with a time of 1:07.525s, though the latter’s second best time gave him his second pole of the season for the final race, with championship leader Malvern down in fourth for that one.
Morris will join Wagner on the front-row for the final race whilst lining up third for race two, with Webster fourth and third for those two races.
A great fifth for race three is Chris Middlehurst, adding to a pair of sevenths for the first two races, while also improving with Macaulay Walsh, the Scorpio Motorsport man putting himself sixth for race three, compared to a pair of tenths for the first two races.
Hillspeed’s Vernon added a sixth and seventh to his fifth in the opening session, with Dalton going fifth quickest for race two and ninth for race three.
Full results of the qualifying sessions can be found here: http://www.tsl-timing.com/barc/2012/123322bfr.pdf