Harper Storms To Opening Winter Series Pole Position

by Simon Paice

Daniel Harper has produced the perfect start to the 2016 Ginetta Junior Winter Series with a dominant performance in the opening qualifying session of the weekend.

The reigning Rookie Cup champion topped the timesheets throughout the session as he adapted best to difficult wet conditions around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

Harper posted a best effort of 1m 04.245s in his Douglas Motorsport to take pole by over seven tenths of a second ahead of Harry King and Seb Priaulx.

While Harper was top by some distance, it couldn’t have been much closer between his closest pursuers, with King depriving Priaulx of a front-row start by just 0.029s.

With the conditions being so tricky, it’s no surprise that the top seven was filled by drivers who have raced at least half a season in the G40, with Charlie Fagg and Connor Grady next up.

Tom Gamble took seventh on his return to the series, while the top Rookie was Morgan Quinn with Total Control Racing, less than a tenth of a second clear of Harry Dyson.

The top ten was rounded out by Charlie Digby ahead of next best Rookies Ruben Del Sarte, newly-crowned 2016 JSCC champion Katie Milner and Jenson Dineen.

In a session which saw a number of drivers suffer spins and off track moments, the main casualty was Jordan Collard who will start from the back of the grid after an early off.

Full qualifying results can be found here.

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