Strong second row start for Linfoot at Brands Hatch
Dan Linfoot will start from the middle of the second row in fifth place for Sunday’s opening Bennetts British Superbike race at Brands Hatch, with team-mate Shaun Winfield 25th.
Linfoot flew out of the blocks in the opening session and quickly posted his fastest lap of the weekend, which sent him straight through in to the second qualifying session.
Shaun improved in time after a solid session, with an improved feeling onboard his Santander Salt TAG Racing machine.
The 25-year-old posted a 1:27.646, more than seven tenths faster than his quickest time in free practice, but he would ultimately miss out on Q2 to start race one from 25th.
Q2 saw the Yorkshireman fly out of the blocks once again, posting a 1:25.398 on his opening flying lap. His time saw him straight through in the final eight-minute dash for pole, going through as third quickest.
The final session saw Linfoot struggle to improve on his fastest lap time of the session, after a stoppage due to a crash for Tarran Mackenzie.
The 30-year-old ended the session in fifth place, meaning he will line up in the middle of the second row for Sunday’s opening race.
Dan Linfoot: “I’m a lot happier from the last hour because I’ve got a lot of feeling back with the front end of the bike, that is giving me more confidence to push the bike harder and it has taken away our biggest issue.
“So, I have my fingers crossed that it can be water under the bridge now and we can look forward to using my fifth place grid spot to get a good start, get away with the leading group and try to bring home two strong results.
“It’s almost like the start of the season again when I set out at Silverstone to get two strong results to start the year in a strong way, that is what we need now, to be always in around the top six collecting solid points.
“I’m feeling so much better on the bike, we have a lot more front end feel and I can build my riding now. I’ve been trying and riding around the issues we’ve had, but now I can work on my technique to adapt to the bike now I know how it’s going to feel.
“The lads have worked around the clock and so hard to get this issue sorted, the bike has been upside down this weekend and we’re now 99% sure our problems have gone now, so I’m happy.”
Shaun Winfield: “I’m fairly happy with that session, I’ve improved in time, but I still feel like I could have gone quicker. The bike is feeling good underneath me, however I still have some issues that me and my side of the garage are trying to dial out.
“I went out at the death of Q1 and I got a good tow, I was chasing down the rider ahead as hard as I could, but I couldn’t go any quicker. We have a lot to go over now but I feel confident we’ll get it right for tomorrow. My crew are working over-time and I can’t thank them enough for it.
“I’ve just got to get a good start in the first race and get away with the group ahead, I’m confident I can do that so I’m planning on bringing home points tomorrow.”
Sunday’s two Bennetts British Superbike Championship races will be shown live on Eurosport 2, with the opening encounter getting underway at 1.30pm.
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