Sowery surprised by Silverstone pole

Toby Sowery continues to impress in Lanan Racing’s Dallara, but the Cambridgeshire racer admitted his pole position for this weekend’s Silverstone-hosted round three took him by surprise.

Toby Sowery continues to impress in Lanan Racing's Dallara, but the Cambridgeshire racer admitted his pole position for this weekend's Silverstone-hosted round three took him by surprise.

The session was played out in tough conditions that prompted half of the field to appear on wets, but Sowery claimed his second pole of the year by 1.6s from Lee Morgan.

"We didn't expect that." Sowery revealed. "We didn't really know who was going to be quick today. We had a day here yesterday and conditions were completely different to today but we managed to get a good piece of track and get a good time out of it.

"Maggotts and Becketts was really wet, Stowe was a bit greasy so three-quarters of the track you had to really push to make sure you could take it easy to make sure you got around the lap cleanly."

Sowery was one of those that opted for wets, but he soon realised the likes of Louis Hamilton-Smith and Stuart Wiltshire had made the correct call with slicks. The rain threatened, and Sowery ran wide at Brooklands prompting him to settle for his provisional pole time.

"We did one lap on wets and it was just going to destroy them. There were a few greasy patches to find in the opening laps but they don't really dry out that quickly here so we found them and went on.

"I think it rained on that lap [at Brooklands] and I came in thinking it was going to continue, but by the time I'd got in it had stopped. We thought that with three minutes left there's no point going out and getting the tyres warmed up without then getting a lap in. I was thinking about them catching me a little but not too much."

Rain continues to threaten ahead of the opening Silverstone race, round three of 2014, but Sowery insists that shouldn't affect his race.

"It was our first day in the proper wet yesterday in testing so we have some experience of it if it does rain. We'll be ready if it does.

"Hopefully we can convert it into another win, I don't see why we shouldn't. We were happy and comfortable in the wet and we had good pace again so I think we can."

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