Front row man Jason O’Halloran is relishing a return to form after qualifying third on the grid for tomorrow’s first race and shedding a spell of bad momentum.
The McAMS Yamaha rider’s quickest time in Q3 was just 0.345s off Scott Redding’s pole-setting lap, and the Aussie is now looking to finally convert his qualifying form to race results.
And with two days of study in the bag, he feels he and the Raceways squad are now on the right track.
“We’ve just had a bit of the wrong momentum, it’s a snowball effect and when it goes the wrong way it’s quite easy for it to keep going that way,” O’Halloran admitted. “But we’ve turned it around here on the front row and we’re in a really good place for the races tomorrow.
“We’ve had good pace all year we’ve just not put it together on race day for one reason or another. But we’ve been making a lot of changes to the bike over yesterday and today, and I felt pretty comfortable through qualifying so I’m happy enough with the pace.
“We learnt quite a bit yesterday which we put to use today. I’ve not been too stressed the last couple of days because we’ve been learning quite a lot and I’m really happy we put it all together.”
O’Halloran is also anticipating a scrap tomorrow, which he believes is the usual fare for Brands Hatch – where few riders seem to be able to pull away.
“These boys look quite strong and I’m sure there will be a group of us again but it’s always a tough race around here.
“All the boys will be in a big group and it’ll be close racing which I’m looking forward to. I’ll see if I can just hang onto them and have a fight for the podium tomorrow.”