Lap record is in Sowery's sights

Pole-sitting debutant Toby Sowery believes he can go even quicker when the lights go out for the opening race of the season at Snetterton.

Pole-sitting debutant Toby Sowery believes he can go even quicker when the lights go out for the opening race of the season at Snetterton this afternoon, despite being only 0.05s off the lap record held by Aaron Steele.

The Lanan Racing karting graduate claimed pole by nearly one second from regular championship-chaser Tristan Cliffe, and he's been regularly lapping the Norfolk track in under one minute 46 seconds in testing.

A race lap at that pace would comfortably break Steele's record of 1:46.044, but the Cambridgeshire-based racer knows it will be a different prospect once they're lined up on the grid.

"We didn't have people chasing us yesterday so it will be a completely different game. It will be good to race, and if we can get a clean start with the pace we had in qualifying we should be able to get the win. Anything can happen though." Sowery said.

"I'll need to get away well and keep my nose clean, if that happens it's a practice session from then on. We were in the mid-45s yesterday so hopefully we can squeeze that today. The wind's in a different direction so maybe not, we're hoping for it though.

"We knew we had some decent pace for today after testing yesterday but we came into it expecting a lot of things. We managed to get pole which is good."

Toby Sowery will be on pole for this afternoon's race which starts at 15.10. Follow @F3Cup for update.

Photo credit Andrew Cliffe/Norwichphoto