FPAUDI: Snetterton: Round six qualifying notes

BACHETA NETS FIRST FPA POLE POSITION OF 2007 Luciano tops Round 6 qualifying at Snetterton 2007 Visma Formula Palmer Audi championship leader Luciano Bacheta will start tomorrow's sixth round of the season at Snetterton from pole position,...

BACHETA NETS FIRST FPA POLE POSITION OF 2007
Luciano tops Round 6 qualifying at Snetterton

2007 Visma Formula Palmer Audi championship leader Luciano Bacheta will start tomorrow's sixth round of the season at Snetterton from pole position, having come out on top of a competitive first qualifying session of the weekend.

The 17-year-old youngster took his Tradelink-backed car to a fastest time of 1 minute 5.565 seconds around the 1.95-mile Norfolk circuit with four minutes of the session remaining. Tim Bridgman will line up alongside him on the front row, setting a time just seven-hundredths of a second slower in his Laser Skoda machine, with Alex Brundle securing his best grid slot of the season so far, taking third in the THB Clowes car at his home circuit.

"I wasn't sure I'd get pole today after being a bit shaky in the test yesterday," said Bacheta. "I tried to get a decent tow, but the amount of traffic out there made it really difficult, but to have pole position here is great."

Bacheta also said that pulling out enough of a lead so as not to be slipstreamed by the cars behind him will be critical in tomorrow's trio of 18-lap races. "Obviously having a tow can keep you in touch with the car in front, so if I can break the tow and pull away, I should be in a really strong position."

Jack Clarke will start from fourth place on the grid, ahead of Tom Bradshaw, who set a stunning lap in the dying seconds of qualifying to take his best grid position in FPA. Jolyon Palmer lines up sixth, followed by Brands Hatch race-winner Stefan Wilson, and Russell Small in only his second FPA meeting. Chris Bell starts ninth, with Richard Plant continuing his consistent form to complete the top 10.

Formula Palmer Audi - Round 6 Leading Grid Positions

1. Luciano Bacheta 1m05.565s
2. Tim Bridgman 1m05.637s
3. Alex Brundle 1m05.747s
4. Jack Clarke 1m05.775s
5. Tom Bradshaw 1m05.892s
6. Jolyon Palmer 1m05.940s
7. Stefan Wilson 1m05.964s
8. Russell Small 1m05.985s
9. Chris Bell 1m06.210s
10. Richard Plant 1m06.324s
11. Dominik Jackson 1m06.346s
12. Richard Kent 1m06.428s
13. Ivan Lukashevich 1m06.497s
14. Jason Moore 1m06.605s
15. Chris Chubb 1m06.765s
16. Mark Powell 1m07.199s
17. Alan Kempson 1m07.516s
18. Derrick Collin 1m08.237s
19. Nik Iruwan 1m08.724s
20. Jeremy Preddy 1m08.761s
21. Max Snegirev 1m08.960s
22. Doros Loucaides 1m09.561s

-credit: fpa

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Mark Powell , Jack Clarke , Stefan Wilson , Richard Kent , Luciano Bacheta , Max Snegirev , Alex Brundle , Jason Moore , Jolyon Palmer , Richard Plant , Ivan Lukashevich , Chris Bell