Frustrating Thruxton qualifying for Linfoot and Winfield
Both Santander Salt TAG Racing riders Dan Linfoot and Shaun Winfield endured a frustrating qualifying session at Thruxton, with the pair held up by slower riders on their flying laps leaving Linfoot to qualify 11th and Winfield 24th.
The session got underway under sunny skies in Hampshire, with Shaun and Dan rolling out of pit-lane high in confidence after a strong performance from both riders in free practice.
The opening session saw Linfoot grab advantage and headed straight through in to Q2 after posting his fastest lap of the weekend, finish in second place.
Shaun failed to progress in to the second session, although he improved in time by over eight tenths of a second, but he was still held up by slower riders on track, leaving him in 24th for the opening race.
Q2 saw Linfoot also held up by slower riders looking to follow the Yorkshireman, which meant he couldn’t improve on his fastest lap of the weekend, leaving him 11th for Sunday’s opening race.
Dan Linfoot: “I’m really frustrated with that session, although I’m smiling, I’m really hacked off. It’s only natural really when I went faster in Q1 than I did in Q2, it doesn’t look great. But from the lap I produced in the first session it shows that there is some pace in the bike, which is really positive.
“It was just a sequence of events in Q2 that didn’t help me get a decent lap down to be honest, from everyone messing about trying to get a tow in the first half, then coming in for a new tyre and then being held up by another rider and then it raining.
“I’m trying to look on the bright side, I’m looking forward to the races because I like it here. I’m nervous about how tomorrow will go, our tyre wear shouldn’t really be an issue because we’ve focussed on that a lot this weekend, but I need to keep smooth in the both races and bring home a strong bag full of points.”
Shaun Winfield: “In some ways it’s frustrating because I didn’t qualify where I wanted too, but I have improved on my fastest lap time of the weekend by over eight tenths of a second so that is positive for me.
“I went out at the start of the session and I went quicker than I did in free practice, even with a lot of traffic on track. I came back in for a new tyre and I followed a good group of riders and I posted my fastest lap, but that is all I had.
“It is a little bit frustrating but at least we have positives in progression of my lap times so I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”
Keep an eye on all the action on Sunday with live coverage from Thruxton on Eurosport 2 from 1pm.