Brands Hatch Qualifying
2nd October 2010
After a mainly dry morning session the teams prepared for a wet qualifying session. All 14 that took part in the morning practice lined up to decide the staring grid for tomorrow's two races. The European teams led the way again with Campus Francorchamps this time getting the better of CRP Racing, qualifying a blistering 1.835 seconds ahead of the Italian outfit.
Managing to complete a full session Jenny Tinmouth (Team Agni) was the first of the UK teams and qualifies third. James McBride of ManTTX Racing set the fourth fastest time again and will start just behind Jenny.
After setting the quickest time this morning, Matthias Himmelmnan of Munch Racing could only manage 5th in the wet. But being new to the track and learning more every session, Munch Racing are confident of a strong result tomorrow.
Eventually retiring with a technical issue, Team Z still managed to set the 6th quickest time of the session despite being a new team to the series.
The session unfortunately saw 2 crashes. The first of which was Alexey Ivanov of SMP Racing who low sided at Clearways. The bike has sustained minor damage to the rearset and motor and should be repaired in time for tomorrow. Alexey is fine and uninjured. The second was Annie Seel of Morris Motorcycles Racing Team who lost the front end under braking going into Paddock Hill Bend. Annie is fine but the team have a lot of work to do to make it to the start line tomorrow.
Russ Licence of MRB Racing retired after his warm-up lap, having suspected a warped brake disc. The team have now changed the disc and the bike is fine.
Jim Lovell returns to racing after breaking his foot, still limping and unable to move freely on the bike yet. Jim is also new to Brands Hatch, so is finding it challenging, especially in the wet and with the changes to the Tork India bike. Tork intend to make some changes that should see them with some improved performance for the races tomorrow.
With the top 8 teams still covered by only 5 seconds, despite what the weather forecast is predicting, tomorrow should be an exciting day of racing.
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