Qualifying Report - Rnd 2

Defending champion and 2010/11 series points leader Ken Smith (Lola T430) has claimed pole position for tomorrow's first MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series race at the NZ Festival of Motor Racing - Chris Amon at Hampton Downs today.

In hot, humid conditions the 69-year-old super-veteran set a best time of 1.01.162 to pip UK visitor Michael Dwyer (Lola T400) by just over half a second with one of the other event visitors, young gun Michael Lyons (Lola T400) third and last season's series runner-up Steve Ross (McRae GM1) fourth.

A feature of the times produced from the two sessions was just how close the field is this season with less than a second separating third quickest qualifier Lyons and seventh placed Jay Esterer (McRae GM1) and just over six seconds between Smith on pole and regular UK visitor Frank Lyons (Gurney-Eagle FA74) in 20th position.

In total 26 cars will line up on the grid at Hampton Downs tomorrow, including late entrant Clark Proctor, the high profile NZV8s and Targa Rally competitor who has just purchased the March 73A-1 Tony Roberts raced at the opening round of the 2010/11 MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series on Christchurch late last year.


2010/11 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series
1. Ken Smith (Lola T430) 1.01.162
2. Michael Dwyer (Lola T400) 1.01.723
3. Michael Lyons (Lola T400) 1.02.066
4. Steve Ross (McRae GM1) 1.02.212
5. Roger Williams (Lola T332) 1.02.261
6. Peter Dunn (March 73/A) 1.02.670
7. Jay Esterer (McRae GM1) 1.02.681
8. Alastair Russell (McRae GM1) 1.03.245
9. Aaron Burson (McRae GM1) 1.03.432
10. Reg Cook (Lola T400) 1.03.852
11. Andrew Higgins (Lola T400) 1.03.997
12. Russell Greer (Lola T332) 1.04.252
13. Ian Cements (Lola T332) 1.04.633
14. Greg Thornton (Chevron B24) 1.05.122
15. Sefton Gibb (Lola T332) 1.05.167
16. Michael Whatley (Surtees TS8) 1.05.585
17. Clark Proctor (March 73A-1)1.05.634
18. Ron Maydon (Amon AF1-01) 1.06.304
19. Brett Willis (Lola T330) 1.06.517
20. Frank Lyons (Gurney Eagle FA74) 1.06.709
21. Peter Burson (McRae GM1) 1.08.618
22. Peter Sundberg (Lola T332) 1.09.600
23. Warwick Mortimer (Surtees TS5) 1.10.266
24. Poul Christie (Lola T190) 1.10.870
25. Kerry McIntosh (Begg FM2) 1.11.341
26. Hamish Paterson (Chevron B32) 1.13.511