In his signature sand style, Shaun Simpson ground out a superb qualifying result in today’s qualifying heat at Lommel; securing first gate pick for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix and bagging his first ever heat race win in the process.

After setting today’s fasted lap on track the Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM rider comfortably defeated the current championship leader Romain Febvre.

“It was great – I didn’t get the start I wanted, I think I was tenth coming out the first corner but I rode well through the pack and was up to fifth by the end of the lap. After that I basically picked them off one-by-one until I passed Kevin Strijbos for the lead.”

“Overall I felt good, I was just playing about with my lines and enjoying myself. I wasn’t feeling too stressed and it was a nice milestone to win my first ever qualifying heat race.”

“Two things I want to work on for tomorrow are sector one – the beauty of sand tracks is that you can always make up a bit of time – and I’m going to use a different technique on packing my gate so that I can get two good starts, two solid finishes and hopefully a spot on the podium.”

Simpson, who’s only other GP win took place at the sand track of Lierop in 2013, can optimistically look forward to repeating his 2014 Lommel podium finish tomorrow.