Dennis Strandberg proved he’d lost none of his speed from Spa-Francorchamps after taking pole at Snetterton. Despite it only being his second VW Racing Cup round of the season, he’ll be favourite to win again.
After damage in the supporting MaximumGroup.net VAG Trophy, the all white car of Darrelle Wilson was forced to withdraw from weekend. Elsewhere championship contender Jack Walker-Tully was also missing from the entry list.
Rob Allum was the first to set the benchmark with a time under the 2min 12 seconds. This continued to drop dramatically as the session went on. As the times settled down it was Phil House who inevitably worked his way to the top.
It wasn’t long though before Strandberg continued his performance from Spa-Francorchamps. The Swede won both of the VAG Trophy races on Saturday and was clearly the man on form.
Championship leader Bobby Thompson had worked his way up to a high of fourth, but decided to pit to change his tyre pressures before a final attempt. Two other drivers pitted; Strandberg and Kieran Gordon. They’d left themselves only two minutes to get round though and another lap looked unlikely.
This allowed House some free air and an opportunity to retake top spot as the chequered flag flew. House pitted, comfortable that no one would improve as Strandberg continued. As it turned out, the Swede had done enough after a blistering final sector.
This left Strandberg on pole from House with Paul Ivens in third. Simon Rudd was another driver who pitted early on and managed to qualify fourth from Gordon and Allum. One driver who’ll be considerably disappointed will be Thompson. The championship leader only managed seventh with Mark Smith in eighth.