Lanan Racing’s Alex Reed secured his and the team’s first pole position in the GT4 class of the British GTs for the opening race of the weekend at Snetterton. Ross Gunn went on to take the honours in the Pro session to put the #407 Aston Martin on pole position for race two. Reed claimed his maiden pole position just four weeks after winning at the famous Spa-Francorchamps. He recorded two quick times in a row that was enough to secure him pole position after beating Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse’s Sandy Mitchell. The pole position time was 1:57.809 which beat the championship leader Graham Johnson by 0.305 seconds after the Ginetta managed to jump ahead of Mitchell’s McLaren. Mitchell was trying to make it three pole positions in a row for the Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse team but he qualified in third, just 0.032 seconds behind. Fourth place was Generation AMR with Macmillan Racing’s Jack Mitchell in fourth place.
Jack Bartholomew qualified in fifth place, he and new co-driver for this round (Ross Gunn) will need to make progress in race one to keep Bartholomew in the title fight. RCIB Insurance Racing’s two cars with William Phillips and Aaron Mason at the wheels will line up in sixth and seventh. Ebor GT’s Marcus Hoggarth made it four different marques inside the top eight. Sean Byrne qualified in ninth aboard the Century Motorsport Ginetta, which missed the opening free practice session due to blowing an engine on the out lap of the session. Anna Walewska in the sister car qualified in tenth. Eleventh went to Paul Hollywood in the #408 Aston Martin run by Beechdean AMR.
When the Pro drivers headed out on to the circuit everyone was watching Matthew George after he dominated both practice sessions aboard the Generation AMR SuperRacing Aston Martin. By the end of the session it was reigning champion Ross Gunn who topped the times. Matthew George set one of the quickest lap times in the early stages of the session but he was soon beaten by Ross Gunn after he lapped 0.378 seconds. There was concerns shown over whether Gunn’s lap time would be removed for track limits. At the end of the session his lap time of 1:56.710 secured him pole position by 0.505 seconds. George ended his session in the barriers, this also ended the session prematurely. However, he should be happy with a place on the front row for race two, the best showing his team have had so far this year.
Joey Foster qualified in third place for the Lanan Racing team, just 0.025 seconds separated him and fourth placed Bradley Ellis. Mike Robinson completed the row of Ginettas by taking fifth followed by Ciaran Haggerty in the Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse McLaren in sixth. Matthew Graham took seventh for the Generation AMR with Macmillan Racing and Jamie Chadwick rounded out the top eight.
©Fay Tilley 7th August 2016.