Kayne Scott says he dived deeper into Higgins Corner than he’s ever done before as he tried to wrest pole away from Angus Fogg in today’s NZ V8s qualifying session at Manfeild.
The on-board timer told Scott that he had to make a desperate lunge in the crucial corner on to the Manfeild back straight if he were to have a chance of starting the Fujitsu Ford Falcon from pole.
He knew there was no time to be made under braking in the sweeper at the end of the straight, so he had to make the bid at Higgins.
“I went in about 10 metres beyond the braking mark. I couldn’t keep (the car) on the track.”
Scott will start from the outside of the front row. “I hate starting from there.”
Scott said the Falcon had been super-quick in the wet this morning but “too much fiddling” for the final qualifying session had “moved us a little out of our comfort zone.”
He said the last lap lunge at Higgins in final qualifying had to be made.
“Going into Higgins I was on a 12.5 (a 1m 12.5s lap) which I knew wasn’t going to be good enough. I had to try to get the time back somewhere and Higgins was it.”
He will start 0.180s behind Fogg, who had lapped at 1m 12.388s. “It was close, but no cigar.”