FPAUDI: Brands Hatch II: Round nine qualifying notes

PALMER POWERS TO ROUND 9 POLE Hamilton flies to third as Bacheta struggles Jolyon Palmer enhanced his reputation as a Brands Hatch expert by taking pole position for the ninth round of the 2007 Visma Formula Palmer Audi Championship on the...

PALMER POWERS TO ROUND 9 POLE
Hamilton flies to third as Bacheta struggles

Jolyon Palmer enhanced his reputation as a Brands Hatch expert by taking pole position for the ninth round of the 2007 Visma Formula Palmer Audi Championship on the Indy circuit.

The 16-year-old set a best time of 44.796 seconds around the 1.2-mile circuit to top an astonishingly close qualifying session where just two-tenths of a second covered the top eight places. Palmer edged out Tim Bridgman by just 13 thousandths of a second, ahead of the superb Matt Hamilton who will start his comeback race from third.

Jack Clarke took fourth spot having headed the 20-minute session early on, with Alex Brundle fifth despite a hair-raising off at McLaren. Stefan Wilson starts sixth followed by Dominik Jackson, with Richard Kent in eighth the last driver under 45 seconds.

Jason Moore will start from ninth spot, ahead of Tom Bradshaw who completed the top 10. But it was another difficult session for Luciano Bacheta, who is in real danger of losing his championship lead after qualifying 11th. Still suffering from hay fever and a cracked rib, he faces an uphill struggle to keep his two-point advantage over Bridgman.

FPA - Round 9 Grid Positions
1. Jolyon Palmer 44.796s
2. Tim Bridgman 44.809s
3. Matt Hamilton 44.881s
4. Jack Clarke 44.882s
5. Alex Brundle 44.892s
6. Stefan Wilson 44.955s
7. Dominik Jackson 44.959s
8. Richard Kent 44.997s
9. Jason Moore 45.182s
10. Tom Bradshaw 45.222s
11. Luciano Bacheta 45.326s
12. Russell Small 45.465s
13. Chris Bell 45.668s
14. Nik Iruwan 45.736s
15. Richard Plant 45.773s
16. Mark Powell 45.779s
17. Chris Chubb 45.782s
18. Ivan Lukashevich 45.789s
19. Derrick Collin 46.068s
20. Max Snegirev 46.392s
21. Jeremy Preddy 46.465s
22. Doros Loucaides 47.061s

-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