Rockingham – That First Ever Pole Position and Another Memorable Weekend


“I didn’t know that I’d done it at first.

I’d been fourth and I knew that I was improving, though it didn’t actually feel like that quick a lap.

I was concentrating really hard on keeping it clean, no wheelspin as the track was soaking wet. I thought it was a good, clean lap.

It was only when I pulled in and my brother Ben was running over holding his finger up gesturing Number One that I realised I had done it.

Pole position for the first time ever!”


That was Scott’s recollection of his first ever pole position last weekend at Rockingham, something that is a special milestone in any racing drivers career. Qualifying in the Ginetta GT5 series is a busy process. With 32 cars all trying to post a time on a 2 mile race track, the chances of a completely traffic free lap is pretty remote. It is, of course the same for everyone and despite trying to be the first cars out on track, Scott found himself waiting in the pitlane as the session was red flagged after just one lap.

“All the great ideas that Si Shaw, driver coach at HHC had for getting out quickly were dashed. So we had to make the best of the situation.”

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The resulting pole lap time is something that Scott will be proud of for some time to come. In the dying moments of qualifying, as the rain continued to fall. he went fastest.

“It was a great payback to sponsors and everyone who believed in me and a massive boost for me to know that in those conditions I could be the quickest driver out there and feel perfectly at home.”

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Rockingham is one of the few circuits where pole position isn’t always a great place to be. The pole driver sits at the bottom of the steep banking. While he may have the inside line to the first corner, the two drivers ‘above’ him on the banking are able to use the incline to advantage and as the lights changed, Scott found himself dropping down the order a little. A third place was a good result and bode well for Sunday.

Sunday’s two races were another great learning opportunity for Scott. Defending hard on the first race, he realised that they were dropping back from the leaders, so let the other driver by. “For some reason, I just couldn’t stay with him and get a tow, so that plan didn’t work as I hoped!”

The final race was looking superb, with a distinctly average start dropping Scott to eighth place before a fight back to fourth. Just when Scott was shaping up for a last lap pass for third and a second podium, he was hit from behind in an over optimistic move by Connor O’Brien. “I was massively frustrated, but afterwards Connor was genuinely apologetic and I know he didn’t do it on purpose, it was just one of those racing incidents. He got heavily penalised for it too, so there was nothing to be gained by being angry. These things happen.”

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