Jake CookGinetta Junior Championship with Henderson Insurance front-runner Jake Cook reaffirmed his position as a genuine 2009 title contender at Snetterton in Norfolk today, Saturday, 1st August, with a thoroughly dominant performance during qualifying for the 11th and 12th rounds of the season.

Grabbing pole position for both of Sunday’s races – the second of which is scheduled to be screened live across the UK on Freeview, cable and digital satellite channel ITV4 – the TJ Motorsport racer was in unstoppable form, securing the top spot for round 11 by a huge 0.566 seconds.

The 16-year-old’s best lap of 1m27.313 seconds (80.48mph) was just two 10ths of a second outside the pace he set during the earlier 15-minute free practice session and his second fastest time in qualifying, 1m27.589 seconds, secured a memorable double pole position some six 10ths of a second clear of his nearest challenger. His efforts are also rewarded with two bonus points.

Delighted to post his third and fourth pole starts of the 2009 season, the last time Cook lined up at the very front of the grid, at Brands Hatch at the beginning of the season, he went on to claim a pair of well deserved victories. He’ll certainly be aiming to repeat those performances tomorrow but, as is always the case in Ginetta Junior racing, nothing is ever predictable!

While Cook’s day couldn’t have gone any better, his fellow championship front-runners didn’t have things as good with Alex Austin, in particular, further down the grid than he would have liked in ninth position for round 11 and seventh place for round 12.

Mitchell Hale was second fastest in qualifying with a time of 1m27.879 seconds (79.96mph), just over a 10th of a second quicker than Tollbar Racing team-mate Chris Swanwick in third who, in turn, was 0.098 seconds ahead of Carl Stirling, the lead Tockwith Motorsport driver.

Muzz Racing’s Aaron Williamson will head the third row of the grid for round 11 after posting the fifth fastest time, shading championship leader Sarah Moore by just 0.078 seconds. Adam Bonham, Louise Richardson, Austin and Shane Stoney, meanwhile, round out the top 10 starters for the first of Sunday’s races.

The top four on the grid for round 12 reads exactly the same with Cook heading Hale, Swanwick and Stirling. Moore’s second fastest lap enabled her to leapfrog Williamson for fifth on the grid while row four will feature Austin and Richardson with Stoney and Jake Rattenbury on the fifth row.

Round 11 of the 2009 Ginetta Junior Championship with Henderson Insurance is scheduled to get underway at 10.30 tomorrow, Sunday, 2nd August, with round 12, which will be televised live on ITV4, expected to follow at 16.25.

Provisional 2009 Ginetta Junior Championship with Henderson Insurance Positions (after Rd11&12 qualifying):
1st Sarah Moore, 231pts; 2nd Alex Austin, 230pts; 3rd Aaron Williamson, 209pts; 4th Jake Cook, 177pts; 5th Mitchell Hale, 155pts; 6th David Moore & Tom Howard, 150pts

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