Macmillan AMR’s Jack Mitchell took the first pole position for he and the Macmillan AMR team in the British GT at Snetterton for race one. Barwell Motorsport’s Phil Keen maintained his pace shown in the free practice sessions to take pole position for race two.
In GT4 Lanan Racing’s Alex Reed topped the first incredibly close qualifying session to seal Lanan Racing pole position for race one. Tolman Racing’s Joe Osborne fought off all challengers in the GT4 field to take pole position for race two of the weekend.
Jack Mitchell dominated the first of the ten minute qualifying sessions where he took a comfortable pole position for the opening hour long race of the weekend. Due to Mitchell and co-driver James Littlejohn being a Silver Cup pairing, meaning they are both Pro drivers, they have to carry additional weight to balance them and the car against the Pro/Am pairings in the race. Mitchell posted a time good enough for pole on his first flying lap of the session before he went on to lower it by a further half-second to end the session on top with a 1:48.555.
Barwell Motorsport’s Jon Minshaw improved on his second run but was still 0.876 seconds behind Mitchell. The championship leader will be fully aware that Mitchell will have to serve a five second pit stop penalty due to finishing third at Rockingham.
After a slow start to the session Rick Parfitt Jnr began chipping away at his time aboard his Team Parker Racing Bentley to end up 1.3 seconds behind Mitchell’s time, securing third for the opening encounter. Parfitt and co-driver Seb Morris will have to serve a ten second pit stop penalty for their victory at Rockingham.
Barwell Motorsport’s Liam Griffin in the second Lamborghini Huracan finished the session in fourth which sets the grid for the opening race. TF Sport’s Mark Farmer finished the session in fifth ahead of AmDtuning.com’s Lee Mowle in sixth.
Reigning champion Derek Johnston managed to put his TF Sport Aston Martin in seventh whilst suffering from excessive oversteer. Duncan Cameron finished the session in eighth aboard the Spirit of Race Ferrari.
After topping both free practice sessions Phil Keen showed he is the man to beat after topping the Pro drivers GT3 qualifying session to take pole position for the second race of the day. Barwell Motorsport will be very happy to have a team 1-2 with Keen on pole and teammate Sam Tordoff in the sister Lamborghini in second for the second race.
TF Sport’s Jonny Adam will start the second race from third in the Aston Martin. Team Parker Racing’s Seb Morris had hi first flying lap disallowed due to track limits, his best time sees him start fourth for the second race.
Spirit of Race’s Matt Griffin admitted he was unable to get the most out of the Ferrari but will line up in fifth for the second encounter ahead of Team Parker Racing’s Callum Macleod in sixth. TF Sport’s Jon Barnes qualified the second Aston Martin in seventh ahead of AmDtuning.com’s Ryan Ratcliffe in eighth. Macmillan AMR’s James Littejohn qualified in ninth place ahead of Abba with Rollcentre Racing’s Martin Short in tenth.
Lanan Racing’s Alex Reed topped the Am class qualifying session for the GT4 cars to take his second pole position in as many years. He battled for the position with HHC Motorsport’s Will Tregurtha and Black Bull Garage 59’s Sandy Mitchell. The top three were covered by just 0.045 seconds at the end of the session.
Adam Balon was quickest at the beginning of the session before Reed went fastest then Tregurtha jumped to second and Mitchell into third. Balon will start in fifth for the opening encounter in the Track-Club McLaren 570S. It was an ideal result for Alex Reed and co-driver David Pittard as they have no success penalty to take in the pit stops. Second placed Tregurtha and co-driver Stuart Middleton have a ten second penalty with third placed Mitchell and co-driver Ciaran Haggerty having to serve a seven second penalty in their Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren 570S. The top three pairings are all Silver Cup pairings due to both being Pro drivers.
Adam Balon was the first of the Pro/Am pairings in fourth, just 0.5 seconds behind Reed. Dean Macdonald took fifth aboard the Black Bull Garage 59 sister McLaren 570S. Academy Motorsport’s Will Moore completed the top six in the Aston Martin ahead of Michael Caine in seventh and reigning GT4 champion Graham Johnson in eighth.
Tolman Motorsport’s Joe Osborne claimed a first pole position in the British GT since Donington 2013 during the second GT4 qualifying session for Pro drivers at Snetterton. He looked quick during the practice sessions and took that form into the qualifying session as he immediately posted the fastest time of the weekend on his first flying lap before lowering the benchmark further to a 1:57.225.
Lanan Racing’s David Pittard looked to be the driver most likely to challenge Osborne as he was second after the first runs but had his time disallowed for track limits. HHC’s Stuart Middleton came closest to the Tolman McLaren, the championship leader settled for second – 0.267 seconds slower than Osborne.
Ciaran Haggerty lapped 0.4 seconds shy of pole position, putting the #100 Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren in third place. Pittard finished the session in fourth. Track-Club’s Adam Mackay was second fastest before slipping down to fifth – 0.6 seconds slower than pole.
Century Motorsport’s Jacob Matthiasen enjoyed a strong run to put the Ginetta in sixth. Reigning GT4 champion Mike Robinson will be disappointed with a seventh place start for the second race. In2Racing’s Euan McKay drove superbly on his British GT GT4 debut to qualify in eighth.
The first race starts at 11:40 before the second one kicks off at 16:00. They will be being shown live on Front Runner TV as well as the British GT Facebook page and website.
Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey
©Fay Tilley 28th May 2017