Xentek driver Ollie Chadwick drove faultlessly during the qualifying session for the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge to take pole position for the first race of the weekend. The experienced racer was lucky to maintain his pole position after a late red flag put a stop to the session but it was restarted. As the session got restarted the trio of the Got Boost cars were first back on track to have a last attempt at setting a faster lap. Jack Minshaw took the advantage of the restart as most of the other competitors battled to find a gap on track. Minshaw topped the times but this did not last long as Chadwick bettered his time knocking Minshaw down the order. Problems occurred for Jose Antonio Ledesma which saw him spin as he struggled to get used to the circuit and weather conditions.
Jonathan Hadfield moved into second pushing teammate and brother Ryan down to fourth with AM driver Ian Robinson in third splitting the two R&J cars. With just seven minutes of the session remaining Rob Boston Racing’s Tom Hibbert pitted after he felt he’d set his most competitive lap time. When the flag came out Hibbert finished the session in seventh. Jonathan Hadfield pitted not long after Hibbert but chose to go out for a final run as he attempted to better his time whereas Hibbert remained in the pits for the remainder of the session. Ollie Chadwick made the decision not to fight during the last few minutes of the session, which was a good thing to do because the session was red flagged due to Brayden Fletcher ending his session in the barriers. This left Chadwick on top of the times and taking pole position with a lap time of 1:32.418. Jonathan Hadfield took the other front row spot in second with Ian Robinson in third and the best positioned AM driver.
The session was restarted with two minutes left on the clock but there was not enough time for many to improve their lap times. The only driver to improve during the last two minutes was Ryan Hadfield who jumped up into third by the time the flag was brought out. This pushed Ian Robinson down to fourth. Jack Minshaw in his Demon Tweeks backed Ginetta took fifth place with Andrew Richardson alongside in sixth. Seventh place went Tom Hibbert with Matt Chapman following in eighth and Nick Zapolski in ninth. Rounding out the top ten was Matt Flowers with Jac Constable finishing in eleventh. Twelfth place went to Dan Collinson with Glen Broster in thirteenth and Alex Toth-Jones in fourteenth. Fifteenth on the timing screens was Steve Perez on his debut in the championship and following him was Brayden Fletcher in the Power Maxed run and backed Ginetta in sixteenth.
Alex Taylor took seventeenth followed by Matt Palmer in eighteenth. Nineteenth place went to Optimum Motorsport’s Steven Wells with Ashley Marshall taking twentieth. The final three competitors were Mark Davenport in twenty-first, Jose Ledesma in twenty-second and finishing the competitors was Jonny Greenwood in twenty-third.
©Fay Tilley 19th June 2016.