David Besnard takes 2nd consecutive pole

Former Australian Formula Ford and US Formula Ford 2000 champion David Besnard has taken pole position for the fifth and final round of the Konica V8 Lites Series at Mallala today. Besnard claimed pole, his second in two...

Former Australian Formula Ford and US Formula Ford 2000 champion David Besnard has taken pole position for the fifth and final round of the Konica V8 Lites Series at Mallala today.

Besnard claimed pole, his second in two consecutive rounds, with a 1:08.3532sec lap.

However Dean Canto is expected to win the inaugural series designed to foster new talent for the V8 Supercars Shell Championship Series should he have three incident-free races.

Besnard's Stone Brothers Racing EL Falcon proved to be the fastest car on the South Australian circuit with Canto 1.11sec off the polesitter.

Besnard said the start to tomorrow's race will be crucial after the duels he had at the last round at Lakeside with Canto and most notably with Wayne Wakefield.

"If a couple of the boys pass me they are not going to wave me through," said Besnard, whose race at Lakeside with Wakefield thrilled the crowd with door handle to door handle racing for 10 laps.

"If Dean and Wayne get a better start then its going to be on for young and old."

Wakefield claimed third on the grid 1.43sec off Besnard's time.

"Anything can happen in a race," said Wakefield. "You have got to have a bit of a scrape to get past (on Mallala's tight circuit)."

Canto holds a 23-point lead over second-placed Commodore driver Matthew White, who will start fourth on the grid tomorrow. White still holds a mathematical chance of clinching the title should Canto not finishing a race.

"I just want to finish this weekend," said Canto, "but I am still going to go for it!

"You only have to win by one point (to claim the championship)."

Claiming fifth on the grid, and his highest starting position yet, will be Rod Salmon in his EL Falcon.

With tomorrows second race reversed the exciting duel between Besnard, Canto and Wakefield is certain to continue.

The first of the 20-lap races begins at 11.30am with the reversed-grid race at 1.30pm. The final race is at 3.30pm

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Dean Canto , Matthew White , Rod Salmon , Wayne Wakefield