Under challenging conditions Jimmy Vernon in his Alfa finished the qualification session in position 11 with a 2.08.884.
“We changed the car from yesterday which reaped us some rewards.” Stated Vernon.
As you could imagine with a drying line in parts of the track and in others quite wet it didn’t take much to make the grass.
Uniquely this series allows for a mixture of tyre’s under the appropriate conditions. Most started on wets front and rear but with minutes to go some elected to run sticks on the front to get better traction. Vernon elected for a full slick tyre run, but ultimately it was too wet on the circuit to improve.
Yesterday’s extensively damaged car of James Moffat grabbed pole after the GRM team pulled an all nighter.
With light rain dusting half of the track on the warm up lap it was going to make for a very interesting couple of opening laps.
For Vernon it was like combat. “We were racing hard and making positions” he stated
“The car came on and tyre life was very good which helped me make spots throughout the race. I was catching the group in 6th and 7th and to be honest I just pushed a little too hard. I ran wide in the complex and lost a spot. Then, a few corners later I was pushed off the track and ultimately finished in 14th. We were way better than what today's results show… Bring on the double race schedule tomorrow!” he said.
Race two and three will be broadcast live on SBS, whilst also featuring on the Shannon's Nationals Livestream.