2016 UIM F2 World Championship challenger, Erik Edin took pole at Mâcon, France this afternoon.
The McDonald’s sponsored Edin and Pierre Lundin jointly lead the Championship with 55 points; Edin’s pole could prove crucial as his rival could only manage sixth in qualifying – Lundin’s Q3 Top 10 Shoot-Out laps were plagued with technical issues.
Tobias Munthe-Kaas fron Norway, impressed again, he had been quick in Morning Practice and was super quick in Q1 and Q2, second on the grid for tomorrow’s French GP was the least he deserved.
Rup Temper, from Austria, showed his speed when it was needed and he posted the third quickest time, however he failed the post qualifying technical inspection.
The infringement means that Temper will have to take part in the repechage tomorrow lunch time in order to have a chance of competing in the race. The Austrian was far from happy with the decision but with the cold light of a new day, will no doubt be up for the challenge.
Temper’s disqualification aided Mette Brandt Bjerknæs’ fantastic day.
The Norwegian English school teacher posted her best ever World Championship result (sixth) at Tonsberg last month.
Today she looked good in practice and even better in qualifying, her lap time of 36.91 in Q3 was simply outstanding.
‘I can’t believe that not only am I third on the grid, I have out qualified my team mate, World Champion Pierre Lundin’.
Britain’s Matt Palfreyman was looking odds on for at least a top 5 slot on the grid.
Issues with his canopy in Q2 hampered his performance and with a huge amount of work from his team for Q3, he managed to end up 7th fastest.
The UIM F2 French GP is set to start at 16:00 CET tomorrow afternoon.
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
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