Daniel Harper got the perfect start to the 2016 Ginetta Junior Winter Series by dominating to take the first pole position on Saturday. The reigning Rookie Cup champion topped the timing screens throughout the slippery qualifying session as he adapted to the conditions around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. He posted a best time of 1:04.245 aboard the Douglas Motorsport run car, this time was enough to secure the young rising star pole position by over seven tenths of a second ahead of Elite Motorsport’s Harry King and JHR Development’s Seb Priaulx.
Whilst Harper was untouchable at the top it was very close between King and Priaulx with King being ahead by just 0.029 seconds. The conditions were so tricky that it was not surprising that the top seven on the timing screens were drivers who had driven at least half a season in the G40 cars. Fourth place was taken by TCR’s Dave Wooder followed by HHC’s Charlie Fagg in fifth. Sixth place was Connor Grady after he swapped from TCR to Douglas Motorsport. JHR’s Tom Gamble finished the session in seventh ahead of top Rookie Morgan Quinn for TCR in eighth.
JHR’s Harry Dyson finished in ninth. Rounding out the top ten was HHC’s Charlie Digby. The next Rookies were Ruben Del Sarte for HHC Motorsport and the newly crowned 2016 Junior Saloon Car Championship champion Katie Milner, competing with Elite Motorsport. JHR’s Jenson Dineen was next up in thirteenth. Fourteenth was Fox Motorsport’s Keaton Samra followed by Finley Green in fifteenth. Sixteenth was Greg Johnson who changed from Rob Boston Racing to Elite Motorsport for the Winter Series.
During the session, there were several drivers seen spinning and suffering off track excursions. The main driver to suffer from the conditions during the session was TCR’s Jordan Collard, who must start from the back of the grid after an off in the session.
©Fay Tilley 13th November 2016.