Makela takes Thruxton pole
Valle Makela bounced back from his non-finish at Silverstone to take pole position for round 15 of the UK Formula Ford Championship at Thruxton this afternoon.
A wet but drying track meant that the end of the session was going to be the fastest. Charlie Kimball set the early pace before previous round winner Joe D'Agostino went to the top of the times.
Julian Yap made the most of the dry line first, demoting D'Agostino to second place. Charlie Donnelly put his Mygale to the front for a handful of laps, keeping an improving Makela in second place. It only took a few laps though, before Yap returned to the head of the field.
A late flurry of quicker lap times meant that the early session grid times were soon obsolete. Japanese racer Yuya Sakamoto set a time for provisional pole position before Makela managed to take the place.
"I wish that the gap to the rest of the grid was bigger," said Makela. "I think that the races are going to be really difficult around here. My tyres were starting to go off towards the end of the session," he added.
Sakamoto had to settle for second place, just ahead of the D'Agostino who followed his Silverstone form to put in a late lap and take third place on the grid. Sweden's Sebastian Hohenthal improved his early session pace to take fourth ahead of Donnelly.
Yap and Kimball were unable to repeat their early session form and will start race one from sixth and seventh, just ahead of Suk Sandher.
The race two grid positions will be made up from the second fastest qualifying times. Sebastian Hohenthal will start from pole position with Joe D'Agostino also on the front row. Makela will have to work hard to try and take another race victory from third on the grid.
<pre> UK Formula Ford Championship -- Round 15 Thruxton
Race One -- Qualifying 1 Valle Makela Van Diemen RF03 1m17.383s 2 Yuya Sakamoto Van Diemen RF03 1m17.492s 3 Joe D'Agostino Van Diemen RF03 1m17.561s 4 Sebastian Hohenthal Van Diemen RF03 1m17.566s 5 Charlie Donnelly Mygale SJ04 1m17.661s 6 Julian Yap Mygale SJ04 1m17.703s
Round 16 - Race Two -- Qualifying 1 Hohenthal 2 D'Agostino 3 Makela 4 Sakamoto 5 Yap 6 Kimball