Strong Snetterton qualifying for Linfoot and Winfield
Dan Linfoot will start Sunday’s opening Bennetts British Superbike race at Snetterton from fifth place on the grid after a strong qualifying in Norfolk, with teammate Shaun Winfield posting his fastest lap time of the weekend qualifying 26th.
The pair quickly flew out of the blocks in Q1, with Linfoot quickly posting one of his fastest laps of the weekend, which saw him through in to Q2.
Unfortunately, Shaun was knocked out at the first time of asking, however he posted his best lap of the weekend in the process, a 1:51.223, to line himself up in 26th for Sunday’s opening encounter.
Q2 saw ‘Linny’ quickly improve on his fastest lap time of the weekend, a 1:48.410, which saw him head comfortably through to the final eight-minute session.
The 31-year-old headed out of pit-lane with a brand new SC0 rear tyre, and was confident of improving his lap-time.
However, a red flag put a halt to proceedings and after the re-start Linfoot did enough to hold fifth place, lining him up in the middle of the second row for the opening race.
Dan Linfoot: “Q1 was an improvement on free practice so the change we made on the bike ahead of qualifying gave me a little bit more feel, which was good. Q2 we made a quite a big step and I was safely inside the top nine to progress in to Q3.
“The first lap of Q3 the session was red-flagged, and you don’t realise how long the out and in laps are here so when the session was re-started. We only had three and half minutes left, so I only got one flying lap.
“I did make a slight mistake at turn four and ran deep by seven or eight foot, it wasn’t my best lap, but it was good enough for fifth on the grid and we have the second row start that I wanted really.
“I enjoy racing here it’s a nice track, and it has a flow to it so I’m looking forward to tomorrow now. Two top six’s will be nice, more if we can do, but the more points the better in clawing our way back to the Showdown.”
Shaun Winfield: “The weekend hasn’t been great so far, we have been struggling with set-up and my feeling with the front-end hasn’t been great, and I’ve struggled on the brakes in to the hairpins.
“But we made quite a little bit of a drastic change from FP3 to qualifying and it worked out well, I had lot more feeling and had a lot more to brake against. I straight away matched my best time from FP3 and I knew the bike was instantly better.
“The team made another change to give the bike a little bit balance, stuck a new rear tyre in, and I posted my fastest lap of the weekend on my own, and I picked up a lot of time so I’m confident ahead of tomorrow now.
“I just need to get a good start and get away with the group, it’s going to tough around here but I’m up for the challenge.”
Sunday’s two Bennetts British Superbike Championship races will be shown live on Eurosport 2 from 1.00pm.