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Moyers and Smith on pole for Walter Hayes Trophy heats three and four

by Ida Wood

Photo: Ida Wood

Michael Moyers and Rory Smith will start from pole for heat three and heat four respectively of the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone.

Two-time WHT winner Moyers was straight to the top of the times in his qualifying session, with Team USA scholar Andre Castro initially his closest rival.

Approaching the halfway point of the 12-minute session it was defending winner Ollie White who was fastest, as Moyers only made a small improvement on his early lap. Moyers did strike back though, knocking a tenth off his best and then another three tenths in two successive efforts that meant with three minutes to go he had secured pole.

White was set for a front row start at that point but TM Racing’s Felix Fisher was able to find almost half a second late on and rose up to second place.

Row two of the grid therefore will be occupied by White and Castro, with Souley Motorsport’s Jack Wolfenden qualifying fifth.

Logan Hannah, Kieran Attwood and James Tucker were the last drivers within a second of the pace.

Smith was sat in first place from start to finish in Q4, and took pole by 0.220s and the fastest lap of qualifying overall despite not improving in the second half of qualifying.

Fisher’s brother Josh, driving for Wayne Poole Racing, was second-best and his team-mate Ben Mitchell qualified third in a Van Diemen JL16.

Irish entry Ian Campbell was an impressive fourth, while Hannah’s Graham Brunton Racing team-mate Michael Gray was 0.981s back in fifth.

Joe Watts managed to qualify Kevin Magnussen’s 1992 Formula Ford Festival-winning Van Diemen RF92 in 10th place.

Qualifying round-up
Heat 3 grid
1 Michael Moyers Kevin Mills Racing 1m01.980s
2 Felix Fisher TM Racing +0.090s
3 Ollie White Souley Motorsport +0.199s
4 Andre Castro Low Dempsey Racing +0.432s
5 Jack Wolfenden Souley Motorsport +0.672s
6 Logan Hannah Graham Brunton Racing +0.815s
7 Kieran Attwood Souley Motorsport +0.936s
8 James Tucker Tucker Motorsport +0.994s
9 Ben Cochran Team Dolan +1.104s
10 Nathan Ward Kevin Mills Racing +1.291s

Heat 4 grid
1 Rory Smith B-M Racing 1m01.803s
2 Josh Fisher Wayne Poole Racing +0.220s
3 Ben Mitchell Wayne Poole Racing +0.430s
4 Ian Campbell Vertical Racing +0.532s
5 Michael Gray Graham Brunton Racing +0.981s
6 Ian Gough Oldfield Motorsport +1.046s
7 James Hadfield B-M Racing +1.123s
8 Derek Palmer Jr Graham Brunton Racing +1.540s
9 Nigel Dolan B-M Racing +1.553s
10 Joe Watts Team Fox Racing +1.592s