2 June 2018
Tony Wells claimed pole position for Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen Racing ahead of Saturday’s LMP3 Cup race at Spa Francorchamps. Wells was the man to beat throughout the session, getting quicker throughout to top the times.
“It was mega,” said Wells. “It was still a bit wet down through No-Name but the track gradually evolved to dry on the way back to the start/finish line, so it took a couple of laps to get my head around. The car was great, it was nicely balanced and drove well. I set my quickest time on my final lap. It was just a shame not to get into the 2m 17s!”
Settling into second place was Dominic Paul in the Speedworks Motorsport Ligier JS P3. Bouncing back after a big accident at Brands Hatch, Paul improved during the 30-minute qualifying, but wasn’t able to topple Wells for pole.
“I didn’t get much time on track yesterday and I haven’t driven a P3 car around here, plus it wasn’t dry all over the circuit,” said Paul. “The cars are brilliant here when you get the downforce working. The two fastest laps I was on I lost time being baulked, so I think I had pole in me, but that’s what happens, and you have to manage it.”
Lining up third was Duncan Williams for Mectech Motorsport in the Norma M30. The car has been quick to open the season, but he revealed that the team has a little work to do to find its ultimate pace.
“I haven’t driven around Spa in the dry for ten years, so it is a learning curve,” said Williams. “I didn’t want to make a mistake and flat-spot the tyres. It is fantastic to drive here when you’re on top of things but I’m still playing catch-up, so hopefully after today’s race we can get the car going a bit quicker.”
1 – Tony Wells, Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen Racing (Ligier JS P3) 2m 18.006s
2 – Dominic Paul, Speedworks Motorsport (Ligier JS P3) +0.879s
3 – Duncan Williams, Mectech Motorsport (Norma M30) +1.809s