Fifth row start for Ellison as Winfield crashes in Cadwell qualifying

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James Ellison will start race one at Cadwell Park from the head of the fifth row in 13thplace following a challenging but ultimately session in Lincolnshire, after his team mate Shaun Winfield crashed out on his fastest lap of Q1, leaving him in 23rdon the grid

Ellison made quick work of making his way through in to Q2, after posting a 1:27.7. In the first half of Q1 Shaun posted a new personal best around the testing track, and after pitting for fresh rubber, he headed back on track and began to chase down James on track.

The 25-year-old was six tenths of a second up on his fastest lap of the session as headed into the ‘chicane,’ but Winfield lost the front end and crashed out of the session.

Q2 saw Ellison improve in time once again after feeling more comfortable onboard his Anvil Hire TAG Racing machine, by over seven tenths of a second, only four tenths of a second behind pole position. However, he lost time in the final corner, meaning he would qualify in 13thfor race one.

James Ellison said after the session: “It was a tough session because we have qualified 13th, however it’s been really positive for me. The new rear link that the team have brought to this round has really helped me and I’m feeling more comfortable on the bike. I’m losing all my time at the final sector, mainly the last corner which is something that we are looking at and focussing ahead of tomorrow.

“I’m confident ahead of race one, I feel I have good race pace, I need to get a good start and run away with the front group. I’m feeling really positive as we’ve made good steps forward and I’m only seven tenths of a second off of pole.”

Shaun Winfield added: “The session was good really, I posted a new personal best in the first part of Q1, which I was really happy with.

“After a pitted for a new tyre I went back out on track and I was 0.6 up on my best lap as I got into the second sector, but as I went into the chicane I tucked the front and crashed out, which was really annoying as I was feeling strong. But I’m looking forward to tomorrow, my pace is strong, and I can’t wait to battle in both races.”