Strong Cadwell Qualifying for Santander Salt TAG Racing
Dan Linfoot will start from the head of the third row, in seventh place, for Sunday’s opening Bennetts British Superbike Championship race, with Shaun Winfield starting from 27th.
Q1 saw Linfoot post a strong enough time to send him straight through in to the second session, even after he suffered his first crash of 2019 with ten minutes remaining at Barn corner, but the Yorkshireman nursed his R1 back to the pits.
Shaun struggled to improve on his best time set in Thursday’s private test, although the 26-year-old posted his fastest lap of the weekend, a 1:29.474, which would see him line-up in 27th for Sunday’s opening race.
The team worked around the clock to repair the grass-filled machine of number four, and quickly sent Dan on his way.
Q2 saw Linny once again improve in time, posting his fastest lap time of the weekend, a 1:27.073, which sent him straight through the final eight-minute dash for pole position.
The final session saw Dan fail to improve in time following on from his time set in the second session, but he was only one tenth off, meaning he qualified in seventh for Sunday’s opening race.
Dan Linfoot: “That was a crazy session, from tipping off in Q1 to then posting my fastest lap time of the weekend in Q2, so I’m fairly pleased with seventh.
“I must say a big thanks to the team they worked really hard to get the bike fixed for Q2, but to say we’ve got to round eight and that is my first crash of the year is not too bad, I was probably due one anyway.
“I felt I could have gone a little quicker in Q3 but we had a small technical issue so I had to pull it in to the pits. I’m happy with where we are for tomorrow, I need to get a good start and get away with the group, its where we need to be and hopefully we’ll have a strong race.”
Shaun Winfield: “It’s been a struggle this weekend, we didn’t go out in FP2 due to the weather, so we are a full dry session behind, but since Thursday night we have struggled to find our form.
“We have made some good improvements from this morning, and I went much quicker in that qualifying session but I still want to be faster, and I know I can, because I’ve not improved on my personal best yet.
“I’m confident for the races tomorrow, we have some ideas we want to work on in warm-up but I’m expecting good things from tomorrow.”
Sunday’s two Bennetts British Superbike races are available to watch live on British Eurosport 2, with live coverage from 1pm.
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