4 July 2018
Dominic Paul shook a claimed his first LMP3 Cup Championship pole position at Snetterton ahead of Sunday’s one-hour race. The Speedworks Motorsport man battled for the top spot with race one winner Tony Wells throughout the 10-minute session, a last-gasp effort enough to earn the spoils.
“At Brands I was so nearly there. Then at Spa it was really nearly there!” said Paul. “This pole is great to finally get. Tony did a good job yesterday and the quality of drivers in this field is impressive. We’ll have another great battle.”
Paul’s lap was enough to pip Wells by 0.381s, the latter looking to find more pace ahead of the second race as the pair resume their entertaining battle from the weekend’s close opening contest.
“The car wasn’t as good as it was yesterday,” said Wells. “It felt totally different as it was nailed yesterday, but we had to dial out a bit of understeer and then when the front tyres got better we suffered some oversteer. We haven’t touched the car, but we’ll hopefully have another good race.”
Third place went the way of the Red River Sport / Nielsen Racing Ligier of Bonamy Grimes, who continued to up his pace at the Norfolk circuit and finished ahead of the Norma M30 of Duncan Williams.
“It is certainly getting better,” said Grimes. “That lap was a lot more indicative of my pace compared to yesterday. I was struggling through the slow stuff, so we have a balance change we need to make. AtSnetterton the conditions change quite a lot so some laps you have a completely different car to what you had a few minutes ago. I’m happy with that though and I still think that I have a better sector time in me for the race. We are where we are, so let’s see how it goes in the race.”
1 – Dominic Paul – Speedworks Motorsport (Ligier JS P3)
2 – Tony Wells – Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen Racing (Ligier JS P3)
3 – Bonamy Grimes – Red River Sport/Nielsen Racing (Ligier JS P3)