TF Sport’s Andrew Jarman was a surprise polesitter as Aston Martins swept the top three for race one at Snetterton, but would face starting from the back in race two after an error by team-mate Jody Fannin.
Continuing the promise shown by Fannin in free practice, Jarman driver took his first GT3 class-pole in Q1 with a time of 1:50.1s, edging the two Motorbase Vantages of Ahmad Al-Harthy and Liam Griffin. Putting a nightmare weekend at Brands Hatch behind him, Ross Wylie was the best of the rest, qualifying fourth in the Von Ryan McLaren, narrowly ahead of Andrew Howard’s Beechdean Aston Martin and Lee Mowle’s BMW.
Championship leader Marco Attard would face an uphill battle after qualifying down in ninth, with a 15-second penalty carried over from Brands Hatch looming for the race.
However, it was a different story in Q2 as Fannin spun off at Murrays on his outlap, while Alexander Sims blitzed the field with a 1:47.409, four tenths up on Beechdean’s Jonny Adam.
Despite losing time in traffic, Joe Osborne was a strong third for Triple Eight and will share the second row with Matt Bell, with Mike Simpson’s Ginetta showing well in fifth. Phil Keen only just made the session after hasty repairs were carried out to his Demon Tweaks BMW following a brake failure at Agostini. He rewarded his mechanics with sixth.
Reflecting on the qualifying session, Jarman was in positive mood.
“It’s the highs and lows of motorsport, all in half an hour!” he said. “It’s been a long time coming, it’s been a tough year for us, so it feels really great. At Brands Hatch we found something on the car, which made it a lot easier to drive and obviously this shows we’ve been going in the right direction. It’s mainly superficial damage, nothing that can’t be repaired, so the target has to be to finish on the podium.”
“Coming through Corum, the rear-left was loaded up and it just turned right and that was that,” Fannin explained. “It’s not ideal, but it’s happened now and the first race is looking good for us, hopefully we can get ourselves a good result.”