On a steadily warming Saturday morning, Lando Norris took another pole position in the MSA Formula at Knockhill with a time of 49.626, setting a lap record for the MSA cars, but he’ll be closely followed by his championship rivals.
The session had to be stopped at the half way point after Ollie Pidgley beached his car in the gravel. This wasn’t for the first time this weekend having done the same in final practice on Friday, ending the session early.
The session didn’t have much time to get going though. Tarun Reddy also went off on his warm up lap meaning the cars would have to stroll back into the pits as it meant that the times from the start of the session would make the majority of the grid.
Lando Norris had started the session well and was the first driver to drop below the 50 second barrier in the early part of the session. Only two drivers had done this in all of Friday practice, but it was the first four who managed it in qualifying.
Dan Ticktum was the first driver to beat his own lap record from practice as he remained on top for most of the session thanks to the double red flag period. However; a fully committed lap from Norris would knock him off in the closing stages as he was unable to improve on his 49.7 second time.
Three drivers had been swapping fastest times in the early part of the session and its unsurprising that Ricky Collard was the driver to join Norris and Ticktum, leading to another classic battle between the championship contenders, however; Collard was unable to improve late on, as he settled for third.
The only other driver to drop into the 49 second mark was Colton Herta, who ensured that the form from Snetterton was carried over, as he looks the most likely to challenge the title contenders in the second Carlin car.
Meanwhile Enaam Ahmed continues his good form from practice to take fifth ahead of home driver Sandy Mitchell who will want a good result, not just because its his home race, but because of the drop in form he has seen in recent events.