DOUBLE winner Peter Hickman looks poised to complete his hat-trick at the Macau Grand Prix after taking provisional pole this afternoon in the Far East.
The Aspire-Ho by Bathams Racing BMW man battled with team-mate Michael Rutter for the early part of the first qualifying today before clocking a 2:25.429 which put him nearly a second clear of Rutter’s trick Honda, with Danny Webb finishing third quickest and over 2.5s off the front.
Martin Jessopp, who has previously taken pole in Macau, got the best start as he clocked a 2:30s lap, but Hickman threw his hat in the ring moments later as he shot to the top of the timesheets before first practice leader Rutter took over.
But as times continued to tumble, Hickman was back at the fore and with 25 minutes remaining in the session he went quickest with a 2:25.637.
Just a few minutes later, Penz13’s Danny Webb knocked Jessopp off his provisional P3 start with a 2:28.010 that put the former Grand Prix rider within 1.5s of pole before dropping his time with a few minutes remaining while Jessopp had to settle for fourth.
Briggs Equipment Kawasaki’s Gary Johnson took fifth ahead of Horst Saiger and PR Racing’s David Johnson.
Irishman Derek Sheils, John McGuinness and Didier Grams completed the top 10.
Early on in the session, race officials had revealed that the crashers from this morning’s session, Andrew Dudgeon and Raul Torras Martinez, were under observation in hospital – the former with a suspected fractured spine and the latter after knocking himself out in a big spill at Mandarin.