Beechdean Aston Martin takes British GT pole position at Silverstone

Pole (photo by Marc Waller)The Beechdean Aston Martin of Johnny Adam and Andrew Howard has taken pole for the British GT race at Silverstone on Sunday.

The grid is formed from the best time set by each driver in two sessions which are added together to form their qualifying time. The Beechdean team’s best was just over a second ahead of the Ecurie Ecosse duo of Alexander Sims and Marco Attard in their BMW Z4. Behind them were two more Aston Martin’s, the british marque seems strong around Silverstone this year. Team Kinfaun took third with John Gaw and Phil Dryburgh just under four tenths ahead of first of the Oman racing team cars of Ahmed Al Harthy and Michael Caine. Fifth was the Triple 8 BMW of Lee Mowle and Joe Second (photo by Marc Waller)Third (photo by Marc Waller)Sir Chris Hoy's car (photo by Marc Waller)Osbourne followed by the first runner that isn’t an Aston or a BMW, the Trackspeed Porsche of Jody Firth and Warren Hughes! Yet another Aston took seventh, the MP Motorsport car of Richard Abra and Mark Poole. Eighth was the sole Audi R8 in the race, the United Autosports car of Matt Bell and Mark Patterson. Two more Aston’s round out the top ten, the second Oman car of Rory Butcher and former BTCC driver Liam Griffin and another former BTCC driver; Tom Onslow-Cole in tenth with Paul White for the Strata 21 team. Sir Chris Hoy and Alex Buncombe narrowly missed out on a top ten spot by two hundredths of a second and they line up eleventh. Rockingham’s winners, Gary Eastwood and Rob Barff only lined up eighteenth this time and it could be tough to win again from there.

Bentley fire in practice(photo by Marc Waller)GT4 Pole(photo by Marc Waller)Gt4 second(photo by Marc Waller)In GT4, Rick Parfitt Jr and Tom Olliphant took pole in their Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4. Second was the Beachdean GT4 Aston Martin, Ross Wylie and Jake Giddings not quite matching their GT3 team mates result. Ollie Basey-Fisher and Matt Nicoll Jones took third in their Academy Motorsport Ginetta. Another BTCC driver Paul O’Neil, starts twelfth in class. Paul’s lap on it’s own was good enough for sixth but his team mate Boli Odunsi isn’t quite as quick and their combined time dropped them down the order.

The generation Bentley racing team missed the session due to a fire in practice. The Toyota GB team (competing in GT4) have withdrawn after an engine failure. Full times can be viewed here  By Marc Waller

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