Woodhead Takes Double Brands Hatch Pole

Harry Woodhead coped best in tricky wintery conditions to secure pole position for Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2013 Ginetta Junior Championship.

With snow beginning to fall again as the session began, the drivers all dived out the pitlane at the first opportunity to try and get a lap in before the conditions worsened. After a break in proceedings, the drivers returned with five minutes to go and despite no resbite in the snow, they were able to improve their times.

It quickly developed into a four way battle for pole position, with Woodhead, William Palmer, Keith Donegan and Tom Jackson all enjoying spells at the top of the timesheets.

With all four seeming to improve their times each time round, it went down to the wire, with HHC Motorsport’s Woodhead emerging quickest with a time of 57.417s, 0.222s quicker than his closest rival, Tom Jackson.

Will Palmer made it three HHC Motorsport-prepared cars in the top three, with Irishman Keith Donegan securing fourth for Douglas Motorsport. James Kellett emerged as the top rookie in fifth, just edging out reigning Scholarship winner Jamie Chadwick.

While Jamie was enjoying a top six finish, her brother Ollie Chadwick was having no such luck, with the conditions catching him out at the start of the session, Ollie ending up in the gravel at Druids.

The drivers’ second best times form the grid for race two, with Woodhead taking pole once again, this time nearly half a second clear of Jackson. Donegan went an improved third, ahead of Palmer, Chadwick and Kellet.

The full qualifying results can be found here: http://tsl-timing.com/toca/2013/131303gij.pdf