AGI Sport/SCT Logistics driver Nick Rowe has claimed his second consecutive U Race It Pole Position of 2016 at Sydney Motorsport Park.
With the entire field spread out by just over one second, Rowe was supreme to claim pole by just 0.0825 seconds off returning CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 driver Harry Hayek.
“It was a good run out there, can’t thank the AGI boys enough. We had a great setup and a great strategy to get in there behind Harry and use him as a bit of a carrot to get pole position which is a good feeling,” Rowe said.
After spinning out at Corporate Hill yesterday after attempting to take it flat, it was smooth sailing during qualifying.
“Yeah it was flat today! Couldn’t believe the lap times when they were coming up on the dash, I did a 30.0 on the dash – something stupid – which I couldn’t believe! But yeah it was good fun.”
Hayek, who recently returned to Australia after a stint in British F4, was wrapt to be battling right up the pointy end of the field against old friends.
“I did see him in my mirrors but I thought he’s a good bloke, I’ll let him stay there!” Hayek enthused.
“I think it’s also good for the championship, not good that AGI’s on top for myself and BRM, but we got second. Then we’ve got DREAM in third, it’s been pretty good.”
DREAM Motorsport’s Luis Leeds was also within striking distance of pole position, and was enjoying the fast nature of the Sydney Motorsport Park layout.
“Having some fun out there really. We’re nice and close, I think this racing’s going to be pretty fun out there,” Leeds said.
“There’s not enough slow speed corners so technique doesn’t really matter that much, it’s just about ragging it as much as you can!
“Credit to DREAM Motorsport, they setup a good car. I just need to find a tenth or two and we’ll be right. Looking forward to the racing because I know it’s going to be fun.”
JRD’s Tyler Everingham produced a mighty lap time to be only 0.1 second off pole position.
“The car felt great. Finally had new tyres because in practice we only had tyres from Phillip Island,” Everingham said.
“I was really getting into the groove and just pulled off a lap time. It’s finally good to race against the boys to get to know how they are racing. From me to pole there was about two-tenths or so, it should be great racing, really close.”
The drivers next face their first ten lap race later this afternoon at 1:04pm AEST, followed by two more races on Sunday.
|1||97||Nick Rowe||AGI Sport||1:30.1849|
|2||26||Harry Hayek||Team BRM||1:30.2674||0.0825|
|6||99||Will Brown||Team BRM||1:30.5478||0.3629|
|7||91||Josh Denton||Team BRM||1:30.7536||0.5687|
|8||68||Jack Smith||AGI Sport||1:30.8786||0.6937|
|10||79||Jordan Love||Team BRM||1:31.1789||0.9940|
|11||23||Brenton Grove||Team BRM||1:31.4950||1.3101|