Round 1 Qualifying – Donington Park

May 8th, 2011 by alisonpepler.

In wet conditions the 4two cup finally took to the track at Donington Park for Round 1.  For a lot of the drivers it was the first time they’d driven the S4R race car, and at 10.25 they took to the track in the first ever qualifying session of the new series.

Within a minute the red flag was waved as the number 9 car of Charlie Burt was on its side at the Old Hairpin.  Once upright and after a quick visit to the scrutineer, Burt was able to resume with just minor damage to the bodywork.

Youngster David Moore was first to set a flying lap of 1.49.341.  A lap later and he’d knocked off a further 2 seconds.  The red flag stopped the session a second time, again caused by a car on its side.  Further proof of the robustness of the cars, James Palmer was able to return to the qualifying session.

David Moore made history as the first driver to claim pole position for the UK’s first ever smart car race.  His time of 1.45.166 was over 3 seconds quicker than Funcup racer, Paul Abraham.  GT driver Tom Mills and Britcar racer David Green completed the front two rows.

1   David Moore                     1.45.166

2   Paul Abraham                  1.48.289

3   Tom Mills                         1.49.506

4   David Green                     1.49.801

5   Paul Bates                         1.50.209

6   Sarah Franklin                 1.50.856

7   Charlie Burt                      1.51.304

8   James Palmer                   1.51.815

9   David Nash                        1.53.176

10  Warren Breener               1.55.614

11  Howard Kayman              2.05.054

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