Scholar Middleton Stuns With Thruxton Pole

Stuart Middleton has made Ginetta history as the first driver to take a pole position in his Scholarship year in the Ginetta Junior Championship at Thruxton.

Middleton led the way in a qualifying session dominated by rookies around the high-speed Hampshire circuit, the top five locked out by first year contenders.

In the decisive five minutes of the session, Sophia Floersch and Dave Wooder both had spells at the top of the timesheets behind Middleton came to the fore.

A best time of 1m 31.892s saw him just edge out Floersch and Wooder for the top spot, with just 0.036s separating the top three.

Just 0.068s further back was Patrik Matthiesen, whilst the final rookie was Cameron Roberts who secured by far his best qualifying result of the season so far.

Dan Zelos set the pace in practice earlier in the day, but was unable to replicate it in qualifying and was left to settle for sixth ahead of championship leader Senna Proctor.

Will Tregurtha, Matt Chapman and Billy Monger were next up meanwhile, with just seven tenths of a second separating the top ten at the finish.

Will Stacey produced a superb performance to post the eleventh fastest time with his only flying lap, having sat in the assembly area for most of the session with mechanical issues.

Reigning Winter Series champion Jamie Caroline was left back in twelfth ahead of rookie trio Geri Nicosia, Kyle Hornby and Esmee Hawkey.

Full qualifying results can be found here.