The heats are now completed over in Sarno and the grids have been released for the Pre Finals. The big change to this year is that there is no Second Chance Heat, all 72 drivers have been put into one of two Pre Finals. The top 18 in each Pre Final will go through to the Final on Saturday. It’s a harsh system, but the that’s how the CIK to do it and I guess Rotax have decided to follow suit.
Today all drivers competed in their second and third heats.
It’s been a good day for Jonny Edgar who has qualified on the front row for tomorrow’s Pre Final. As expected he’s been right up the sharp end battling for the lead in all three heats, he is arguably our best shot at a victory this weekend.
The Juniors overall had a relatively good day. Johnathan Hoggard kicked things off with a 2nd in greasy conditions before he finished 3rd in the last heat of the day.
Olli Caldwell is the top Brit. Carrying the onboard camera he had a 7th and a 3rd which have placed him in 3rd place for his Pre Final. Overall his pace has looked very good! His team mate, Joe Turney has had lots of work to do from the back. He had a 14th and 11th although he was harshly penalised in the first race.
William Pettitt is really starting to find his feet. He got a 9th place in his last heat, but had a 24th in the first in the tricky first race. Axel Charpentier has had a 16th and 5th place so overall he has had good heats.
Unfortunately Mark Kimber hasn’t quite had the Grand Finals he would have hoped for but 21st and 17th is far from a disaster.
It was a another hard fought day for the three Senior drivers who have been battling through from the back in every heat. Josh White has had a 15th and 22nd. Josh Skelton has fared similarly with a 17th and a 22nd and Jack McCarthy 30th and a 26th.
All three will have some work to do in the Pre Final tomorrow, but I think they are all more than capable of making the final.
Barrie Pullinger has a had a very mixed day in his two heats. It started with an absolute disaster as he finished 30th in the earlier heat finishing three laps down. But he recovered well this afternoon finishing 7th and was one of the quickest on circuit!
Chris Thomas continued to improve today as he got an 8th place in the first heat, but in the later race he unfortunately was on the wrong end of an incident and crashed out of 12th place. Thankfully he could continue and he managed to finish 22nd.
Written by Chris McCarthy
Images courtesy of BRP Rotax