Harper And Jewiss Lead The Way In Knockhill Junior Qualifying

by Simon Paice

Douglas Motorsport team-mates Dan Harper and Kiern Jewiss shared the pole positions for Rounds Sixteen and Seventeen of the 2017 Ginetta Junior Championship at Knockhill.

Carrying the momentum from impressive outings at Snetterton two weeks’ ago, Harper having taken two wins and Jewiss two second places, the duo led a close-fought qualifying session in Scotland.

Harper headed into the weekend as the man to beat after topping all five sessions during official testing on Wednesday, and then heading the timesheets again in Friday practice.

The reigning Rookie Cup champion took a while to get going in qualifying, languishing outside the top five for the first half of the session, but a blistering lap of 1m 02.31s took him to the top.

Just nine hundredths of a second adrift was current Rookie leader Jewiss to take second for race two, however his second best effort was good enough for pole for race two.

Harper’s timesheet topping effort marked his fourth pole position of the campaign so far, while Jewiss’ was his third out of the last four available following a breakthrough double at Snetterton.

The competitive nature of the Junior series was on show once again during the session, with the top six drivers split by less than two tenths of a second around the undulating Knockhill track.

Emerging in third position to match his best qualifying result of the season was Harry King, the Elite Motorsport ace just edging out JHR trio Tom Gamble, Adam Smalley and Sebastian Priaulx.

While championship leader Priaulx was frustrated to only start sixth for the opener, there was better news for race two as he secured a front-row start alongside Jewiss.

Smalley would join King in equalling his previous qualifying best of third for race two, with the top six for the live-televised encounter to be completed for Harper, King and Gamble.

The remainder of the top ten will line-up the same for both races meanwhile, with Tom Wood, Harry Dyson, Connor Grady and Luke Browning all ending the session within six tenths of a second of pole.

On his second outing in the championship, Isa Deen impressively qualified fifteenth overall, while at the back of the grid for both will be Finley Green after an early session-ending off.

Full qualifying results can be found here: http://tsl-timing.com/file/?f=TOCA/2017/173203gij.pdf

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