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Pole position “quite special” for McNeilly at home track

by Bethonie Waring
Liam McNeilly stands in the paddock. He has his helmet on and has one finger raised to indicate first.

Fox Motorsport’s Liam McNeilly has described his first double pole position of the seas “quite special” as he starts from the front of the grid at home.

McNeilly, who took four pole positions in 2021, has struggled with the new qualifying format this year.

He took pole position for the first race of the weekend at Snetterton earlier this season, his first pole of the year, but missed out on the double pole due to track limits.

“The lap was pretty special,” McNeilly told Ginetta Junir Update. “We just managed to set the car up brilliant. When you hook it up, it’s going to be a good lap. I managed to hook it up.

“It’s quite special because it’s a home race as well. Double pole on our home track, it’s really nice.

“I always want to start at the front, everybody does. We haven’t had the best qualifying throughout this year, but it’s nice to get a double pole. We had one at Snetterton, but then we had track limits.

“I’m just looking forward to starting at the front and hopefully pulling away.”

McNeilly has shone in races this season, climbing up through the order and fighting at the sharp end of the field. He is yet to take a win.

2022 is McNeilly’s third year in Ginetta Juniors. He’s joined at Fox by Maurice Henry, in his second season in the championship, and Sid Smith, who joins the team for the final two rounds of the season.

“I always try to help out my team-mates,” McNeilly said. “Sid’s come in for the last two rounds so I’m always trying to help him with gears and when to get on the throttle, when to brake.

“Maurice has been with me all this year. It’s just unlucky that he didn’t manage to hook up a lap in qualifying.”

Like many drivers on the grid, McNeilly has begun to think about 2023, but has yet to confirm his plans for the upcoming season.

“I’d love to get in an F4 car,” he said. “It all just needs to work out. I’d love to do GTs in the future as well. GT4, we’ll see what happens.”

Image credit: Ginetta/Jakob Ebrey Photography

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