BFF: Castle Combe qualifying notes

Makela makes perfect start to Castle Combe weekend Finland's Valle Makela clinched pole position by just 99-thousandths of a second from Swedish racer Sebastian Hohenthal for round nine of the UK Formula Ford Championship at Castle Combe in ...

Makela makes perfect start to Castle Combe weekend

Finland's Valle Makela clinched pole position by just 99-thousandths of a second from Swedish racer Sebastian Hohenthal for round nine of the UK Formula Ford Championship at Castle Combe in Wiltshire.

Makela set a time of 1m07.692s to take the top spot. Behind him, a three-car battle to try to topple him was going on throughout the session. Hohenthal came out on top after trading times with Irishman Charlie Donnelly and American Charlie Kimball.

Kimball had topped the times in the early part of the session, trading times with countryman Joe D'Agostino, who eventually finished ninth. However, he had to settle for fourth place behind Donnelly. Japanese racer Yuya Sakamoto managed to take fifth place just ahead of Stuart Gough.

"It was a good session for me and the team," said Makela. "I didn't have any problems while I was on track. I came in to make some small changes and while I was in the pits everyone started to go quicker, but we are okay," he added.

Daniel Clarke, who currently lies second in the overall points standings, was forced the miss most of the session, after crashing out in the early stages. However, he managed to set a time good enough for eighth place before going off. He will start just behind Indian racer Suk Sandher who could not quite match the pace of the top six.

Newcomer to the series, Basil Shabaan suffered a swift end to his qualifying after making contact with David Wandless. The damage was enough to rule the pair out for the rest of the session and they will start from the back of the grid.

<pre> UK Formula Ford Championship -- Round Nine

Qualifying times: 1 Valle Makela Van Diemen RF03 1m07.692s 2 Sebastian Hohenthal Van Diemen RF03 1m07.791s 3 Charlie Donnelly Mygale SJ04 1m07.954s 4 Charlie Kimball Van Diemen RF04 1m08.082s 5 Yuya Sakamoto Van Diemen RF03 1m08.204s 6 Stuart Gough Van Diemen RF03 1m08.219s

The grid for round ten will be taken from the second fastest times during the session.

UK Formula Ford Championship -- Round Ten

Qualifying positions: 1 Makela 2 Hohenthal 3 Kimball 4 Donnelly 5 Sakamoto 6 Gough

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Basil Shaaban , Charlie Kimball , Valle Makela , Charlie Donnelly , David Wandless , Daniel Clarke , Suk Sandher , Joe D'Agostino , Sebastian Hohenthal , Yuya Sakamoto , Stuart Gough