Tough qualifying at Brands Hatch for Anvil Hire TAG Racing

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James Ellison will start race one at Brands Hatch in 18th after crashing out during his first flying lap of Q2 under the baking sun at Brands Hatch, with Shaun Winfield starting in 24th after struggling with front end feel.

James progressed into Q2 comfortably after posting a 1:25.7 and was confident of progressing into Q3.

Shaun was knocked out at the first time of asking, after the 25-year-old struggled with front end feel through the faster woodland section of the track. He posted a 1:27.5, only two tenths off his fastest time of the weekend, which will line him up in 24th for race one.

The second session saw Ellison find clear space on track after shaking off riders looking for a tow, but as he started his first flying lap he lost the front as he entered Graham Hill Bend and crashed out of the session before setting a lap time.

After the session a frustrated James Ellison said: “I crashed fairly early on in the corner, I’d only just tipped it in and I’d obviously not got enough heat into the front tyre on the opening lap. I was maybe too keen, I dropped the hammer and grabbed too much front brake. It’s really frustrating, I’m disappointed for the team because we were looking strong.

“We changed to the harder front tyre option for Q1 because the softer felt like it was squashing, so I made the call to go with the SC2. It was a good practice run, we had plenty of time in Q1 and it felt slightly better on the brakes, but I was still in two minds because I wasn’t sure if it was what we’ve been looking for to find the two tenths. I’m gutted for the team because we didn’t deserve that, and we now have a lot of work to do.”

Shaun Winfield added: “The session was good, I went out on an old tyre to get up to speed and into a groove. I came back in fairly early on and changed for fresh rubber, I pretty much matched my pace from FP3 but I just need a little bit more support from the front end to give me a more feeling in the faster corners.

“We do know which direction we need to go in, and we have a plan for tomorrow which will help us improve and I’m looking forward to the races.”