Experienced racer Carl Boardley pushed hard during the qualifying session for the Ginetta GT4 Supercup at Silverstone, resulting in him claiming his maiden pole position. The qualifying session was closely fought with some rain beginning to fall towards the end of the session at the Northamptonshire circuit.
At Silverstone the Ginetta Supercup cars were the first championship out on the circuit, as the cars began putting rubber down onto the circuit the times began to tumble. TCR’s Callum Pointon was the first driver to post a lap time under a minute. Privateeer Carl Boardley, Rob Boston Racing’s Tom Wrigley, Triple M Motorsport’s Jamie Orton and TCR’s Mark Davies all joined in the fight for pole position. The top five positions were separated by just under a quarter of a second. Boardley took pole position with a gap of just three hundredths of a second back to Jamie Orton.
Tom Wrigley qualified in third, just 0.066 seconds behind Boardley. Wrigley will start the opening encounter of the race from fifth due to picking up a penalty from Rockingham. Mark Davies qualified in fourth but he also has a grid penalty to serve, which drops him down to sixth. Davies’ teammate Callum Pointon is promoted onto the second row of the grid into third place after qualifying in fifth. Ben Green qualified in sixth but will now line up alongside Pointon after being promoted up to fourth. On the third row is Wrigley in fifth and Davies in sixth. Wrigley’s championship rival Will Burns starts the opening race of the weekend from seventh. Eighth and ninth places on the grid are taken by two debutants in the championships, those being Jack Mitchell and Ollie Chadwick. Rob Gaffney rounds out the top ten qualifiers.
In the AM class Colin White took pole position for the class in eleventh place overall. The amateur driver qualified between two pro drivers; Rob Gaffney and Reece Somerfield. Somerfield starts in twelfth. Four tenths behind White was Fraser Robertson, who qualified in thirteenth. Grahame Tilley qualified in fourteenth followed by Chris Ingram in fifteenth and David Brooks in sixteenth. Seventeenth on the grid will be Chris Car followed by Gary Lancashire and Tom Hibbert. The latter only managing to complete three laps during the qualifying session.
©Fay Tilley 17th September 2016.