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November 25, 2017

Snetterton Qualifying

Snetterton Qualifying

The first qualifying session for the amateur drivers was an Ecurie Ecosse affair before Beechdean Motorsport spooled-up the mystery machine to dominate the second session with a flying lap for Jonny Adam that was over half a second quisker than the competition. BMW and Aston Martin will start the fith and sixth rounds of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship from pole position respectively following the two fifteen minute qualifying sessions at here at Snetterton.

The opening 15 minute session saw more trouble for the Academy Motorsport Ginetta G55 as it suffered again, the third time in three session, this time the steering column had to be replaced before their qualifying could commence. Pasin Lathouras led the way, the AF Corse Ferrari driver into sub-1:52s. ahead of Dryburgh, Attard, Eastwood, & Minshaw 5th. Chris Hoy spun at Coram delaying Jody Firth’s first flying lap before the Wakefield resident then got it together a lap later to go second in front of his team mate #63 Minshaw.

Championship leader Marco Attard put the #79 Ecurie Ecosse BMW onto pole position with a fine lap of 1:51.122, which at 0.6s better than Lathouras was good enough to end up well clear of the field. Firth’s Tracksped Porsche sat third ahead of team mate Jon Minshaw as the leading half-dozen cars all pitted early clearly thinking that their work here was done.

It was a little messy at the start but we got it together in the end. pleased but it’s going to be a long weekend yet.

Marco Attard - #79 Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4

With nobody troubling the top 6 the remaining minutes of the session we a bit flat. Until Mark Poole in the #38 MP Motorsport AMR Vantage pulled a last lap blinder as the chequered flag waved. Poole’s 1:52.134 put the Vantage into fourth demoting the second of the Trackspeed Porsches onto the third row of the grid alongside Phil Dryburgh’s #6 Aston Martin rounding out the top six.

The GT4 class qualifying honours went to the Oz Yusuf, in the #77 Issy Racing Lotus Evora on its home circuit, with a 0.372s advantage over Rick Parfitt’s #42 Century Motorsport Ginetta G55. Ross Wylie was third quickest, a tenth behind Parfitt in the #407 Beechdean AMR GT4.

Qualifying 2 saw the Pro drivers in the cars with Beechdean again the first of the cars onto the track. A blistering first flying lap for Jonathan Adam in the #1 Beechdean AMR preceded a short interval for a Safety Car sent out to supervise the retrieval of a stricken Bentley 5 minutes into the session. Adam was the only driver to go below 1:49s, which proved to be the quickest lap of the day by some 0.554s, a Norfolk country mile in GT3 terms.

The car has felt good all day, I got a good lap in ahead of the red flag, and we have confidence for the race tomorrow despite the time penalty we are carrying for Race 1.

Jonny Adam - #1 Beechdean AMR

Adam Carroll also produced a star performance for FF Corse, depsite the 10kg equalising weight penalty adjudged to befit the single-seater driver’s talents, and put the #18 Ferrari 458 Italia onto the front row with a slightly bigger gap to third than Adam’s half-second lead.

The second row was an all BMW affair with Racing.GT’s OneToWatch Jonny Cocker in the #79 Ecurie Ecosse BMW GT3 straight into the 1:49’s and momentarily ahead of Joe Osborne #88 Triple8 BMW, Tom Onslow-Cole’s #21 Strata21 Aston Martin, and the #23 United Autosports Audi of Matt Bell completing the top six. A last blast 1:49.636 lap from Osborne saw him swap places with Cocker to take third on the grid for Round 6.

The GT4 pole went again to the #77 ISSY Racing Lotus, Gavan Kershaw having swapped fastest laps with Dan Cammish’s #44 Team Parker Porsche. The second row was filled by the Ginettas of Twisted Team Parker (#46) and Century Motorsport (#42) in third and fourth respectively.

Oz Yusuf - #77 Issy Racing Lotus Evora GT4
Oz Yusuf – #77 Issy Racing Lotus Evora GT4

 

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Nathan Heywood

Nathan Heywood is the Blancpain GT Series correspondent and Racing.GT's tech guru. With his iconic moustache sadly hidden from view, you will be hearing a lot of Nathan's gentle Norfolk tones behind the microphone in Racing.GT's Periscope coverage.