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FPA: Nigel Moore claims maiden pole positions

Saturday, June 26 2010

Nigel Moore claimed his maiden pole positions for the opening two FPA races of the weekend at Snetterton during qualifying this morning (Saturday).

With Formula Palmer Audi having its first ever four-race weekend, drivers have just two qualifying sessions to decide the grids for the entire event. Therefore drivers first and second fastest laps during qualifying one go towards their grid positions for today's double header, and it was Nigel Moore who recorded the two fastest laps of the session.

Jordan Williams held provisional pole position with eight minutes of the session remaining, but Moore soon made his move by setting two flying laps in quick succession. The Ginetta-backed racer recorded a pace-setting 1:05.788s lap time, before improving with a 1:05.619s shortly after that again eclipsed his rivals.

Williams was just 0.085s behind Moore's ultimate pace at the finish, and the Devon-born driver was agonisingly close to again stealing pole for the second race - this time ending up just 0.100s off the top.

As well as the front row having the same look for both races, championship leader Maxime Jousse completes the trio for both of Saturday's contests. The Frenchman will line-up third in each race, ahead of the impressive Howard Fuller in race one and Ramon Pineiro for race two.

Fuller enjoyed the best qualifying performance of his career so far and will line-up fourth and fifth for the two races, proving that he will be someone to keep an eye on over the weekend. Pineiro took sixth and fourth for the two races respectively while Frenchman Vincent Beltoise claimed fifth and sixth.

With the same six drivers filling the top six positions in both races, there were some notable absentees from the top order. After impressing during free practice, Giuseppe Cipriani claimed ninth and seventh grid slots and he is joined in the midfield by FPA race winners Melroy Heemskerk and Jose Alonso Liste.

Single seater rookie James Thorp took an eye-catching eighth place grid position for race one in what is only his second ever car racing event, whilst Formula Ford graduate Kieran Vernon produced two top ten results.

Times improved to be extremely close with the top 13 being covered by less than one second in both final grid classifications, and the top ten for the second grid separated by just four tenths of a second.

The opening race will take place at 11:50am this morning, before the second race commences at 2:30pm - the official FPA website will provide results and reports immediately after both contests.

Formula Palmer Audi Championship - Rounds 4, 5, 6 & 7 - Snetterton - Qualifying (race one) Provisional Classification:

1. Nigel Moore, 1:05.619s
2. Jordan Williams, +0.085s
3. Maxime Jousse, +0.249s
4. Howard Fuller, +0.289s
5. Vincent Beltoise, +0.319s
6. Ramon Pineiro, +0.418s
7. Jose Alonso Liste, +0.419s
8. James Thorp, +0.429s
9. Giuseppe Cipriani, +0.487s
10. Kieran Vernon, +0.494s

Formula Palmer Audi Championship - Rounds 4, 5, 6 & 7 - Snetterton - Qualifying (race two) Provisional Classification:

1. Nigel Moore, 1:05.788s
2. Jordan Williams, +0.100s
3. Maxime Jousse, +0.233s
4. Ramon Pineiro, +0.255s
5. Howard Fuller, +0.270s
6. Vincent Beltoise, +0.300s
7. Giuseppe Cipriani, +0.341s
8. Jose Alonso Liste, +0.350s
9. Melroy Heemskerk, +0.390s
10. Kieran Vernon, +0.391s

Tickets for Formula Palmer Audi and GT Cup at Snetterton on 26/27 June are available on the gate from £10 for adults with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0870 950 9000 or click on the link below.