Booth-Amos clinches last-minute WorldSSP300 pole position at Magny-Cours
British rider Tom Booth-Amos makes it two poles in consecutive rounds after a last-lap effort in difficult conditions
The battle for pole position at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours went down to the final moments of the Tissot Superpole session for the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship as Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki) claimed a close-fought pole position for the Pirelli French Round by less than a tenth of a second.
It had looked like Marc Garcia (2R Racing) had claimed pole position as the 2017 WorldSSP300 Champion topped the timesheets after the rain began to fall harder at Magny-Cours, but a last-ditch effort from Booth-Amos meant the British rider claimed his second consecutive pole position, beating Garcia by just 0.082s. Championship leader Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) will line up in third place after late efforts moved him up the grid.
Australian Tom Edwards (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) will line up on the second row after putting in some impressive lap times throughout the 15-minute session, ahead of Bahattin Sofuoglu (Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300) and Kevin Sabatucci (Kawasaki GP Project); Italian Sabatucci had topped the timesheets in the early stages.
Samuel di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo) qualified in seventh place despite a crash at the final corner late in the session, ahead of Championship contender Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT). Hugo de Cancellis (Tram TRASIMENO) will line up in ninth place with Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) completing the top ten.
Petr Svoboda (WRP Wepol Racing) will start in 15th place following a crash in Tissot Superpole with the rider from the Czech Republic losing track time following the crash. Nick Kalinin (Battley-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) suffered a heavy crash at the Turn 6-7 chicane and will line up in 21st, with Daniel Blin (Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300) also suffering a crash in the session and starting 25th. Sylvain Markarian (Yamaha MS Racing) will line up in 30th place after he suffered from a technical issue in the session.
The top six following Tissot Superpole, full results here:
1.) Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki) 2’05.312s
2.) Marc Garcia (2R Racing) +0.082s
3.) Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) +0.964s
4.) Tom Edwards (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) +1.073s
5.) Bahattin Sofuoglu (Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300) +1.243s
6.) Kevin Sabatucci (Kawasaki GP Project) +1.777s
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