JOEY LEAVES IT LATE TO CONTINUE POLE STREAK AT WAKEFIELD PARK JOEY FOSTER is making a habit of leaving his best lap to last. Like he did at the Clipsal 500, the driver from Cornwall has again used the last lap of qualifying to score pole ...
JOEY LEAVES IT LATE TO CONTINUE POLE STREAK AT WAKEFIELD PARK
JOEY FOSTER is making a habit of leaving his best lap to last.
Like he did at the Clipsal 500, the driver from Cornwall has again used the last lap of qualifying to score pole position for the first of two races in this weekends' second round of the 2009 Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship for the CAMS Gold Star.
Foster backed up his performance to also take pole for race two, to continue the ‘perfect' score he is building this season.
Foster took all 44 points available at Clipsal and this weekend has added a further two points to his tally - and a further $400 to his bank balance thanks to Pole award sponsor Yorkshire investments.
In Qualifying one Foster bumped Mat Sofi to second after the flag had flown, taking pole by just three hundredths and denying the AmPro tools / Astuti motorsport driver his first career pole.
Tim Macrow was third ahead of National class pace setter Tom Tweedie and Ben Crighton.
The grid for race two will see Foster ahead of Sofi, Macrow, Crighton and Tweedie.
"It was a close run thing," Foster enthused after qualifying one.
"I pushed so hard and braked as late as I could into the final corner to find as much time as possible. I'm making a habit of getting these pole positions after the flag has come out - but it's fantastic.
"The team are doing a great job and I'm looking forward to the races tomorrow. To be on pole here without having done any testing is great."
Mat Sofi recorded his two best career F3 starting positions and said that he was pleased to be at the front - where they expect to be.
"To be honest, had I not been down with the flu at Clipsal I think that we had the pace to be in this position there," Sofi said.
"We have made some good changes to the car and it's really good. There's not much you can do about a few hundredths of a second. I know the car has the pace to do it because I was up on the final lap but made a mistake and lost a few tenths.
"I think we are a real shot tomorrow."
Tim Macrow was a quiet third in both sessions today, whilst Tom Tweedie's giant-killing F3 debut continued with fourth outright in race one qualifying, and fifth in the second - comfortably on top in the National class on both occasions.
TanderSport driver Ben Crighton was the biggest improver of the day - finding seven tenths of a second between sessions to improve his time dramatically this afternoon. Crighton proved Friday that he has plenty of pace available - his practice best of 54.8 would have placed him third on the race one grid.
The Formula 3 Australian Drivers' Championship will honour the late Graham Watson tomorrow with former RALT champion Neil McFadyen leading the field around on the parade lap for both races in a classic Ralt RT4.