Days of Thunder Eurospeedway qualifying notes

Ben Collins set the fastest ever lap of EuroSpeedway Lausitz in a Days of Thunder race car after a frantic 20-minute qualifying session late on Saturday afternoon. As the sun set over the massive speedway near Dresden, Collins posted the first...

Ben Collins set the fastest ever lap of EuroSpeedway Lausitz in a Days of Thunder race car after a frantic 20-minute qualifying session late on Saturday afternoon.

As the sun set over the massive speedway near Dresden, Collins posted the first sub-49 second lap around the two-mile tri-oval. Posting a time of 48.975 seconds after only four laps, the former British Formula Three star parked the car and watched the rest of the session from the pits, confident that it would be enough to stay on pole.

Seven cars produced sub-50 second laps, but no one could get close to Collins' time. His nearest challenger was Roland Rehfeld in the Team HTML Pontiac, who finished the session second fastest, three tenths of a second behind the pole-sitter. Less than one second separates Rehfeld in second place and Oliver Playle in eleventh.

Colin White starts tomorrow's 50-lap opening race third in his CWS Racing Chevrolet, with Andrew Kirkaldy starting alongside the Glastonbury man on the second row of the grid.

Another top-notch effort from former BriSCA F1 stock car world champion Andy Smith netted the Rochdale star fifth quickest time and a third row grid slot in the second CWS Racing Chevrolet, with Mark Proctor rounding out the top six.

The 20-minute session had only just got under way when Alejandro Lince lost control of his Deuce Racing RML Chevy out of Turn Three and hit the wall, bringing out the yellows. The Columbian failed to make the rest of the session and will start tomorrow's opening race at the back of the grid.

Ian McKellar Jr, winner at EuroSpeedway in July, also failed to make the session, having suffered extensive damage to his Torquespeed/dsi AnyDoc Chevrolet in the opening free practice session. McKellar Jr suffered a tyre blow-out into Turn Two, slamming into the wall, and will now be forced to start the first race on Sunday from sixteenth and last on the grid.

<pre> DAYS OF THUNDER ROUND 10 QUALIFYING TIMES 1 Ben Collins Territorial Army Deuce Racing RML Chevrolet 48.975 seconds 2 Roland Rehfeld Team HTML Pontiac 49.348s 3 Colin White CWS Racing Chevrolet 49.373s 4 Andrew Kirkaldy Acorn Racing with Xcel Motorsport Pontiac 49.424s 5 Andy Smith CWS Chevrolet 49.662s 6 Mark Proctor Fast-Tec Pontiac 49.680s 7 Anthony Swan LEGO Racers Deuce Racing RML Pontiac 49.857s 8 Michael Vergers Chicago Pneumatic Racing Pontiac 50.138s 9 John Mickel Torquespeed/dsi AnyDoc Chevrolet 50.227s 10 Shaun Richardson Kidd-Richardson Racing Chevrolet 50.273s 11 Oliver Playle Reebok/Torquespeed Chevrolet 50.530s 12 John Steward Stewart Racing Ford 50.382s 13 Phil Weaver Team Catchpole Chevrolet 50.715s 14 Kevin Clarke Intersport Racing Pontiac 50.871s 15 Alejandro Lince Deuce Racing RML Chevrolet No time 16 Ian McKellar Jr dsi AnyDoc/Torquespeed Chevrolet DNS

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Series Stock car
Drivers Michael Vergers , Colin White , Ben Collins , Anthony Swan , Andrew Kirkaldy , John Mickel , Roland Rehfeld , Kevin Clarke