Peter Kyle-Henney at RockinghamIt was a case of what might have been for Parr Motorsport in qualifying for this weekend’s races at Rockingham. Team boss Paul Robe declared himself disappointed with the outcome of the session but drew positives for the race later today.

Pepe Massot started the session by playing a waiting game before setting his initial times which put him third fastest on the biggest grid so far for the Carrera Cup in 2014. The Spaniard then pitted and again waited for the optimum time for his second run.

“We were just two tenths off on the first run but there was still more time to be found.” Said Pepe. “We came in and put a new set of tyres on and then waited for the track to be at its best in the last ten minutes. We went out but the car had some fuel surge problems and didn’t allow us to go quicker so that was it for today.

Pepe was right there on the first set of tyres,” added Paul. “I knew we had speed in the car and I knew he could do the job. We got baulked again on the second flying lap but that’s the luck of the draw. On the third lap we developed a technical problem with the fuel pump, which is a Porsche issue but it stopped him doing another lap.” The problem appeared to be specific to the unique anti-clockwise layout and banked turn of Rockingham with a number of other cars experiencing similar problems.

Peter Kyle-Henney meanwhile was starting qualifying from the deep-end after having a brush with the wall on Free Practice Two. The car had been worked on overnight by the team to prepare it for qualifying but Peter was quite rightly treated his first run in the car with trepidation. “I’m disappointing but you’ve got to be realistic given what happened to the car yesterday’” said Peter. Times were coming down though but we just needed a bit more time.”

“It’s always difficult for a driver to come back and feel sharp and have the confidence to qualify and put the speed in,” said Paul. “He did enough in the session to make him feel comfortable in the car and to be fair he has everything to race for, there is a lot of opportunity to overtake and he can do something in the race.”

Overall there was an air of confidence for the race with both team and drivers happy with the performance in the cars for a good race. “We’ve got good race pace so from P6 we should be able to do something because it’s a wide first corner.” Said Pepe. “We’ll be aiming for the podium but we’ve got some work to do.”

Race one starts at 16:20