Super Silverstone qualifying for Santander Salt TAG Racing
Dan Linfoot and Shaun Winfield enjoyed a strong opening Datatag Extreme Qualifying of 2019, with Linfoot lining up on the second row in sixth with Winfield out-qualifying James Ellison and a host of other names in 25th.
Linfoot quickly progressed through both Q1, and Q2 sessions, posting his fastest lap of the weekend in the process, 53.918 sent him straight through to the final stage of the session in third place.
Shaun posted his fastest lap of the weekend in the opening stage of the three tier session, notching up a 55.104, but unfortunatley missed out on Q2 by just eight tenths of a second.
Q3 saw Linfoot once again improve his time to a 53.874, and after sitting in third place for the opening minutes he was unfortunately bumped down the order, and when the flag came out he sat in sixth, and on the outside of the second row.
A delighted Dan Linfoot said: “I wanted to be somewhere on the front two rows, front row is obviously a bonus but for me I normally feel quite good on the second row and ready to go with the leaders.
“After the pre-season and missing some of the tests etc I didn’t really expect for us to be in Q3 but after the good test last week and building up this weekend, we’ve been quite strong so that has been encouraging.
“I’m looking forward to the two races tomorrow, I think we can be consistent over the races but it’s the first two of the year, I don’t want to go out and make any mistakes. I want two consistent races and two top fives so I can leave here in the top six and in the Championship. Obviously if any podiums are on offer and I can sniff one then I’ll be trying my best to do so for the team.
“It feels good to be back at the front. You start to loose a little bit of belief in yourself, but it’s nice to come back, have a good feeling, push on and have a little bit of success from the limited time on the bike.
“I think there should be more to come from me adapting to the bike from track to track. I don’t know what’s going to be coming up in the way of developing the bike or doing anything technically with the bike because obviously it’s a few years down the line now but the changes will mostly come from me continuing to adapt to the bike and going from track to track.
“There’s going to be some good tracks for us and some bad ones I assume, but knowing the nature of this track I’m more excited to go to some of the twistier tracks. It’s early days but let’s keep improving and enjoying it and see how the races go.”
Team-mate Shaun Winfield added: “I’m really happy with how the session went, especially with my lap times, but i still feel there is room for improvement and a lot more to come from me and the bike.
“Following a debrief after the session we have found the direction we want to be in tomorrow and i’m looking forward to getting out in the sun and having two good races.
“My aim is to get a good start in the race in order to reach the next pack of riders and try and collect some solid points.”
Race 1 gets underway at 13:30 tomorrow, with Race 2 at 16:30.