It doesn't get closer than this! Hamilton and Bacheta tied at top With the 2007 Visma Formula Palmer Audi field proving to be extremely tight, qualifying for round two at Silverstone was as close as it could possibly be, with Matt Hamilton and...
It doesn't get closer than this!
Hamilton and Bacheta tied at top
With the 2007 Visma Formula Palmer Audi field proving to be extremely tight, qualifying for round two at Silverstone was as close as it could possibly be, with Matt Hamilton and Luciano Bacheta setting identical times in the fight for pole position.
Both Hamilton and Bacheta set times of 55.328 seconds around the 1.64-mile National circuit, with Hamilton being awarded pole having set the time first. The result means that the 17-year-old will start both of this afternoon's races from the top spot on the grid.
"We thought it was going to be close, but I don't think anyone could have predicted it'd be that close!" said Hertfordshire youngster Hamilton. "I'm happy with my day's work so far, so I'm confident of getting my first win on the board."
Jack Clarke and Stefan Wilson will both line up on row two, reversing their positions from the first qualifying run. Both pushed Hamilton and Bacheta hard, with just six-hundredths of a second splitting the top four. Richard Plant and Jolyon Palmer make up row three, both moving themselves up the grid, with Dominik Jackson and Alex Brundle seventh and eighth.
Jason Moore continued his good form with ninth position, with Andy Demetriou completing the fifth row. Meanwhile, Tim Bridgman suffered once again, and was only able to muster 15th place. <pre> Formula Palmer Audi - Round 2 Grid Positions 1. Matt Hamilton 55.328s 2. Luciano Bacheta 55.328s 3. Jack Clarke 55.370s 4. Stefan Wilson 55.394s 5. Richard Plant 55.474s 6. Jolyon Palmer 55.535s 7. Dominik Jackson 55.667s 8. Alex Brundle 55.713s 9. Jason Moore 55.721s 10. Andy Demetriou 55.775s 11. Tom Bradshaw 55.858s 12. Richard Kent 55.873s 13. Chris Bell 56.041s 14. Giacomo Petrobelli 56.082s 15. Tim Bridgman 56.139s 16. Chris Chubb 56.165s 17. Nik Iruwan 56.429s 18. Doros Loucaides 56.678s 19. Max Snegirev 56.852s 20. Mark Powell 56.966s 21. Derrick Collin 57.150s 22. Jeremy Preddy 57.480s
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