In the beginning of the qualifying session of the Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Silverstone it was Matt Chapman on top of the times. On the circuit during the session were thirty-nine cars comprising of Pro drivers, amateur drivers and the GRDC+ series drivers, this made it difficult for drivers to be able to set the fast lap times they want to achieve. On the opening lap of the qualifying session Ollie Chadwick began suffering from fuel pump issues which meant he was unable to set a flying timed lap. This means the championship leader will have to start race one from thirty-ninth on the grid due to not setting a lap time.
The rest of the drivers were left to fight it out to see who would claim the pole position. Matt Chapman made the most of the opportunity in the early part of the session pushing hard to manage to pull out a second gap over Jonathan Hadfield in second and Jack Minshaw in third. As the session continued Matt Flowers managed to begin closing down the gap to Chapman and jumped into second place. Matt Chapman began to show signs of struggling to set faster times later in the session when Jonathan Hadfield began improving. Both drivers began to fight over pole position with Hadfield coming home ahead. The pole position lap time was 2:27.486. Chapman ended the session in second and a late quick last lap from am driver Ian Robinson saw him jump up into third just 0.2 seconds off of Chapman in second place. Matt Flowers ended the session in fourth.
Although he was competitive during the session Ryan Hadfield had to settle for fifth with Jack Minshaw settling for sixth behind him. In the GRDC+ class it was Richard Evans who took pole position but lines up seventeenth overall on the grid, this gives him the perfect chance to extend his lead of the championship.
©Fay Tilley 12th June 2016.