Despite securing two Cup 07 Class poles ahead of his closest
rival Tristan Cliffe for rounds seven and eight at
Spa-Francorchamps, Toby Sowery couldn't hide his disappointment of
losing out on the outright pole to Carlin's Invitational Class
runner Peter Li Zhi Cong.
Sowery, racing in a Lanan Racing-prepared Dallara F305, missed
out on the feather in his cap of beating Li, who's in much newer
machinery, by a mere 0.077s in the first session, and later just
under one second.
The morning's time was just five-tenths shy of Alex Lynn's pole
lap from F3 Cup's last visit to Spa in 2012.
"So far we had been close," Sowery said, "but for the second
qualifying we changed a lot of our set-up and it seems to have been
for the worst. It really didn't work for us so instead of being
less than a tenth off him, we're nearly a second. They were new
tyres so it's just aero, which seemed to have the opposite effect
to what we thought. We're going back to what we know for the
It's the 17-year-old's first visit to Spa, and it will be a
first rolling start since his karting days when the lights go out
on Saturday for round seven.
He said "It's going to be different. I'm used to rolling starts
from karting but with that you have plastic pods all around you so
you can do what you want. With F3s it's a whole different ball game
because I'll need to be cautious as well as conscious to attack. It
will be interesting to see how it all plays out."
While qualifying was played out in sunny conditions, rain has
threatened almost as soon as each session ended. With rain expected
during the weekend, Sowery would rather Spa's infamous rains stayed
"You can't change it, we'll prepare as well as we can and hope
it's dry. Looking at the records it will rain, fingers crossed it
will hold off." Sowery added.
Sowery lines up beside Li on Saturday for round seven at
11:45 on Saturday 28 June and round eight at 10:50 on Sunday 29
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