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March 25, 2017

Jarman and Fannin on pole for Donington Decider

Jarman and Fannin on pole for Donington Decider

Snetterton polesitters Andrew Jarman and Jody Fannin continued their rich vein of form with pole position for the final round of the British GT Championship at Donington Park.

Jarman’s time of 1:29.3s was comfortably the quickest time in the Am session, half a second ahead of the chasing Andrew Howard and Lee Mowle. Crucially, championship leader Marco Attard could only manage 11th, which meant team-mate Alexander Sims’ ballistic 1:28.276 in the Pro session could only elevate them to fifth overall.

Despite having not lapped the Grand Prix loop in the dry since 2012, Fannin set a lap just two tenths slower than Howard’s team-mate Jonny Adam to solidify their second pole in three races, with the Beechdean duo having to make do with second.

“It would be nice to be on pole, but TF were really quick, which could be good for the championship if they can take some points of the others,” said Adam, who carries a 20-second penalty over from victory in Race Two at Snetterton.

DSS_3531_original“We were quick in testing on Thursday last week but the track is a lot different with the rain, so hopefully it’s dry tomorrow, the track improves and the car will come into the sweet spot. We’re not going to tinker with it too much tonight.”

Triple Eight’s Mowle and Joe Osborne share an all-BMW second row with John Minshaw and Phil Keen, with Sims and Attard back in fifth. Liam Griffin and Rory Butcher are the other championship contenders, but have their work cut out from eighth place.

In GT4, Oz Yusuf and Kavan Kershaw gave themselves the best possible chance of sealing second in the championship by taking their sixth pole position of the season, ahead of the Academy Motorsport Aston Martin of Dennis Standberg and Will Moore. Newly-crowned champions Ross Gunn and Jamie Chadwick were a strong third and the guesting PROSport Porsche Cayman of Adam Christodoulou and Henry Hassid fourth.

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James Newbold

James Newbold is Racing.GT's Editor. He graduated from a politics degree at the University of East Anglia in 2015, which should help him navigate through the political minefield that is GT racing. He likes Marmite on toast and Oreo cookies. Speaks Spanish, but only when no one is looking.