Matteo Ferrer has struck the first blow in the Protyre Formula Renault Series securing pole position for race one at Croft Circuit.
In overcast conditions that started dry and became rather damp by the end of the session, the Italian set a time of 1:20.696 to secure pole position by 0.04 of a second with championship leader Pietro Fittipaldi just behind and hoping for a lightening getaway in the first race tomorrow.
Third place was Fortec Motorsport’s Alex Gill who was two tenths back on the MGR pair but was himself only slimly ahead of Colin Noble in the third of four MGR cars.
Fifth was Piers Hickin who must have been thinking that if he took one corner slightly better or got on the power a bit earlier, he could have jumped ahead of both Noble and Gill considering he was less than one tenth of a second behind Noble in fourth place.
That’s when the field starts getting not so tightly packed but rather more spread out with Tarun Reddy half a second back in sixth place, Travis Jordan Fischer in seventh with Cliff Dempsey Racing team mate Patrick Dussault eighth.
Starting from the back of the grid, in what is only his first race weekend at Croft is SWB Motorsport’s Jack Butel, rounding out the small field with a 1:24.761. He’ll be hoping that when the second qualifying session comes round this afternoon he can have a better showing.