Brit teenager on pole for Donington Red Bull Rookies

Published: 25 July 2009

Brit Danny Kent secured his second pole in a row within the first 10 minutes of practice for this afternoon’s Red Bull Rookies Cup race at the Donington Park British Grand Prix.

Kent quickly got down to business with the dark clouds gathering and after setting the pace, rain swept across the Donington circuit for most of the afternoon.

"I'm happy to be on pole again," said Kent.

“I've just got to make better use of it (the dry practice time) than I did at the Sachsenring. In the wet I was just concentrating on getting a good rhythm, sorting out braking points and stuff for the wet and not crashing.

"A dry race would be good but the wet is okay too. I think it's going to be a great race with a lot of guys who can be at the front."

The 15-year old Brit looks forward to his home race but knows that Sachsenring winner Jakub Kornfeil will be just one of the threats.


The 16-year old Czech was second quickest to Kent in the ultra-brief dry period and in a class of his own for most of the wet second qualifying period.

Third on the grid and fourth fastest in the wet second session is 14-year old Japanese Daijiro Hiura.

"I just felt really good all day today," explained Kornfeil. "In the wet and the dry it didn't matter. I was enjoying the bike and the track and it was all working well.

"I felt just as comfortable as I did at the Sachsenring last weekend and I am really looking forward to the race, I don't care if it is wet or dry."

Sturla Fagerhaug, the 17-year old Norwegian, still leads the Cup chase by a very handy 25 points after five of eight races, but after falling early in the first 30 minute qualifying session is back on the fourth row of the grid, 13th fastest.

Fagerhaug was second here a year ago just ahead of 16-year old South African Mathew Scholtz who is also only seventh on the grid but was almost as fast as Kornfeil on the drying track late in the final session.