28/09/2019

Double all-MRM front row as Lidsey pips Young in Silverstone qualifying

Brett Lidsey has taken pole position for BOTH this weekend’s two crucial Renault UK Clio Cup rounds at Silverstone ahead of MRM team-mate Jack Young.
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The pair smartly took turns to ‘tow’ one another around Silverstone’s high-speed National circuit lay-out in qualifying and both had spells at the top of the timesheets.

In the end it was Lidsey with the fastest time of all – one minute, 04.111 seconds – who took pole for the first of the weekend’s two races which takes place later this afternoon at 16:30.

Young was just 0.48s adrift in second. Qualifying right behind Young in third was the driver he is chasing for the title, Team HARD’s Max Coates, while Westbourne Motorsport’s Ben Colburn was fourth fastest.

Team HARD’s Jamie Bond and Jade Edwards, driving for newcomer team Assetto Motorsport, were next up in fifth and sixth.

The front of the grid for race two – decided by each driver’s second fastest qualifying lap – was identical with Lidsey again coming out on top ahead of Young, Coates, Colburn, Bond and Edwards. The margin at the front was even closer with Lidsey this time a mere 0.024s up on Young…

Race two, at 12:30 on Sunday, will be broadcast LIVE on the ITV4 television channel and also live-streamed by ITV.

What did they say?
Lidsey, fastest in Friday’s test sessions as well, commented: “Jack and I obviously worked well together on track in qualifying and it went my way. The car feels dynamite and I hope we can convert these two poles into a first win.”

Young said: “It is crunch time in the season and it was important to be ahead of Max in that session. Every point is going to count; it’s that close between us in the title battle.”

Coates added: “Ideally we’d have preferred to be on the front row but this could still work in our favour – we can put pressure on Brett and Jack from there. Fingers crossed we can come away from here with a slightly bigger gap in the championship.”

This weekend’s two races are the penultimate rounds of the season and will determine who goes to Brands Hatch’s season finale still in with a chance of becoming Champion.

Currently Coates leads the standings but by only four points from Young (a maximum of 56 is available from Silverstone’s races). Bond is third, 40 points adrift, and Lidsey fourth, 53 behind. They must leave Silverstone within 55 of the top to keep their hopes alive.

Qualifying, Round 15, Silverstone:
1. Brett Lidsey (MRM), 1m04.111s (92.11mph)
2. Jack Young (MRM), +0.048s
3. Max Coates (Team HARD), +0.182s
4. Ben Colburn (Westbourne Motorsport), +0.244s
5. Jamie Bond (Team HARD), +0.382s
6. Jade Edwards (Assetto Motorsport), +0.493s
7. Anton Spires (Westbourne Motorsport), +0.572s
8. Nathan Edwards (MRM), +0.587s
9. Ethan Hammerton (Team HARD), +0.655s
10. Luke Warr (Specialized Motorsport), +0.872s
11. Finlay Robinson (Westbourne Motorsport), +1.031s
12. Paul Taylor (Team HARD), +1.084s
13. Nick Halstead (Westbourne Motorsport), +1.228s
14. Tyler Lidsey (MRM), +1.413s

Qualifying, Round 16, Silverstone:
1. Brett Lidsey (MRM), 1m04.220s (91.95mph)
2. Jack Young (MRM), +0.024s
3. Max Coates (Team HARD), +0.092s
4. Ben Colburn (Westbourne Motorsport), +0.237s
5. Jamie Bond (Team HARD), +0.281s
6. Jade Edwards (Assetto Motorsport), +0.427s
7. Nathan Edwards (MRM), +0.508s
8. Anton Spires (Westbourne Motorsport), +0.541s
9. Ethan Hammerton (Team HARD), +0.553s
10. Luke Warr (Specialized Motorsport), +0.911s
11. Finlay Robinson (Westbourne Motorsport), +1.078s
12. Paul Taylor (Team HARD), +1.118s
13. Nick Halstead (Westbourne Motorsport), +1.263s
14. Tyler Lidsey (MRM), +1.353s

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