Beechdean scored poles in both GT3 and GT4 classes in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Brands Hatch. Andrew Howard and Jonny Adam combined their talents in GT3, while Jake Giddings and Ross Wylie took the GT4 honours.
In the first session, the pros made their way out and it was series returnee Nick Tandy who set the Kent circuit alight. He had topped FP2 – after Benny Simonsen topped FP1 – and then bossed the first qualifying session. The Porsche works driver stepped in – with David Ashburn – to the gap vacated by Jody Firth and Warren Hughes at Trackspeed and looked like he’d never been away.
However, Howard was comfortably best gentleman driver and he and Jonny Adam’s combined time was four tenths faster than the next best pairing – the other Trackspeed Porsche. Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen benefitted from having Tandy – and his feedback and experience – back in the team, and could be one of a number with the chance to keep the Beechdean car honest tomorrow.
GT4 will – as always – be close. The Giddings/Wylie combination has shown good form all season, but the championship leaders have a tough race on their hands. On the GT4 front row with them, Tom Oliphant and Rick Parfitt Jnr haven’t had the best luck but that can only be motivation to improve their season with a good result tomorrow. Championship challengers Devon Modell and Andrew Jarman will have work to do tomorrow, starting sixth place.