UK 2000: Conway scores Thruxton qualifying 2 pole

Mike Conway scored his second pole position of the day by dominating the qualifying session for round two. After an initial battle at the top of the times and an early red flag the Fortec Motorsport returned to the track and lapped nearly half a...

Mike Conway scored his second pole position of the day by dominating the qualifying session for round two. After an initial battle at the top of the times and an early red flag the Fortec Motorsport returned to the track and lapped nearly half a second quicker than the rest of the field.

Conway was on the pace right from the first flying lap with Barber close behind him. Motaworld Racing driver David Epton threw a surprise though by going quicker on the next lap and retook the lead after a challenge from Conway on the next lap. Westley Barber, Rubens Carrapatoso and Oliver Jarvis moved up to second, third and fourth respectively.

Barber then retook the lead with a 1m 10.074s lap just before the red flag came out because of a spin by Carraptatoso. The session soon restarted and Jarvis immediately broke the 1m 10s barrier to go top followed straight away by Conway with a 1m 09.510s lap to go nearly half a second ahead. Conway improved on this time by a further tenth on his next lap as did Barber to move up to second place.

Rodolfo Gonzalez spun at the final chicane damaging the front of his car - he returned slowly to the pits and out of the session. Soon after there was a red flag when Team VJA team-mates Sean Edwards and Pippa Mann collided at the Campbell chicane and the session was ended prematurely.

Conway qualified in first place with Barber in second place, Jarvis in third, James Byrne in fourth and Epton in fifth.

Session times:
1. Mike Conway 1:09.445
2. Westley Barber 1:09.810
3. Oliver Jarvis 1:09.939
4. John Byrne 1:10.068
5. David Epton 1:10.111
6. Rubens Carrapatoso 1:10.148
7. Alex Storckenfeldt 1:10.236
8. Joey Foster 1:10.244
9. Paul di Resta 1:10.249
10. Cong Fu Cheng 1:10.356

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Joey Foster , Westley Barber , Alex Storckenfeld , Mike Conway , Paul di Resta , Oliver Jarvis , Pippa Mann , Rodolfo Gonzalez , Sean Edwards , Congfu Cheng , John Byrne