Beechey, Hayes tied for points lead
Adam Beechey and Matt Hayes will enter the final day of the 2011 Commodore Cup National Series equal on points after the latter took pole position for Race 1 at Phillip Island.
The point earned for pole sees Hayes locked together with the reigning series winner on 629 points ahead of three races tomorrow.
Qualifying took place in warm conditions at the seaside Victorian circuit, with Hayes setting the session’s fastest time on just his second flying lap.
“I’m really pleased. The car feels good and we’ve found more speed as the weekend has gone on,” said Hayes.
“It’s completely level with Adam for the championship so all we have to do is finish in front of him in every race, though it won’t be easy. It’s going to be really competitive but we’re in a good position.”
Matt Chick and Michael Tancredi will share the second row, while Marcus Zukanovic, Jordan Symes, Danny Buzadzic, Chris Stevenson, Ross McGregor and Jeff Watters completed the top ten.
The Kerrick Sports Sedan National Series also completed qualifying for the final round of its season at Phillip Island today, with Tony Ricciardello taking pole by just 0.06s from Darren Hossack.
Returning former series winner Dean Randle will start third, ahead of Shane Bradford, Dean Camm, Michael Robinson, Chris Donnelly, Bruce Banks, Anthony Cox and Damian Johnson.
In the Australian Saloon Car Series, number one plate holder Tim Rowse edged Friday fast-man Andrew Nowland for pole position, while Matt Lovell, Gavin Ross and Lindsay Kearns completed the top five.
The forced abandonment of Race 1 for the Australian Superkart Championship was a blessing for reigning champion Darren Hossack, who was destined not to make the grid while his team rebuilt a blown engine.
Russell Jamieson had topped qualifying earlier in the day from Warren McIlveen and Jason Smith.
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