TF Sport and Barwell Motorsport shared the honours during qualifying for the GT3 pole positions at Snetterton. Mark Farmer secured pole position for race one for TF Sport whilst Barwell Motorsport’s Phil Keen secured pole for race two.

A month after claiming their first victory in the championship at Spa, Mark Farmer’s name was once again on top of the times after beating Jon Minshaw’s quickest time by 0.075 seconds as the two scrapped to take pole position for race one. The #33 Lamborghini heads into race one just 8.5 points behind TF Sport’s Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam. Minshaw set the fastest times twice but was beaten by Farmer both times. TF Sport’s #11 Aston only managed to get third place during qualifying with Derek Johnston at the wheel. Jon Minshaw lines up one place ahead of championship rival Derek Johnston. Alongside Johnston will be’s Lee Mowle on the second row of the grid for the opening encounter of the weekend. Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse’s Alasdair McCaig qualified to start the first race from fifth place.

Rick Parfitt Jnr finished sixth aboard his Team Parker Racing run Bentley Continental. A late effort from Parfitt Jnr moved him ahead of Liam Griffin’s Lamborghini by 0.016 seconds. Griffin finished seventh with Ian Stinton in eighth for Tolman Motorsport.

When the Pro drivers headed out for qualifying all eyes were on the earlier pace setters Jonny Adam and Alexander Sims but Keen soon showed that he couldn’t be written off as he defeated both to take pole for race two. Keen was immediately on the pace as the qualifying session started, he set his pole time on his first flying lap. The lap time Keen set was a 1:47.167, it was good enough to beat Adam and Sims plus beat the British GT qualifying benchmark by 0.242 seconds. Adam will start alongside Keen with Sims just behind.

Jon Barnes starts race two from fourth in the second of the TF Sport Aston Martins after being unable to beat the quicker drivers ahead. Barnes was just 0.086 seconds behind Sims but he was two tenths clear of fifth places Joe Osborne in the BMW Z4. Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse’s Rob Bell qualified in sixth, three hundredths of a second behind Osborne. Mike Simpson qualified the Tolman Motorsport Ginetta G55 in seventh, but within a second of the front running cars. PFL Motorsport’s Jody Fanin managed to qualify in eighth, but less than a second off of the pole position time.


©Fay Tilley 7th August 2016.