Oman racing on Britsh GT pole at Donington

Can Beachdean get ahead of the Oman team (photo by Marc Waller)The two rival teams at the head of the championship are at the front of the grid for Sunday’s finale at Donington Park.

Ahmad Al Harthy and Michael Caine took pole in their Oman Racing Vantage GT3 by 0.003 seconds from Marco Attard and Alexander Sims in the Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 GT3.

With 31 cars on track even on a long circuit like Donington park there is traffic problems and as cars backed off to find space other cars on quick laps caught them resulting in several near misses and several cars ending up further down than they hoped.

Behind the top two, the Beachdean Aston Martin of Andrew Howard and Jonathan Adam took third with the second Oman Aston alongside in fourth with Liam Griffin joining Rory Butcher this time. Fifth was the Uunited Autosport Audi of Matt Bell and Mark Patterson.

Chris Hoy has a new team mate (photo by Marc Waller)Brands Hatch winners Trackspeed didn't deliver when it mattered despite being fastest in practice (photo by Marc Waller)Works Ginetta (photo by Marc Waller)The second half of the top ten starts with the first of the Triple 8 BMW’s of Derek Johnston and Luke Hines alongside them is the FF Corse Ferrari of Gary Eastwood, this time joined by Ollie Hancock. Next up are the two Trackspeed Porsches, Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen ahead of team boss David Ashburn driving with Nick Tandy. Completing the top ten were Paul White and Tom Onslow-Cole in the Strata 21 Aston Martin.

In GT4 Oz Yusuf and Gavan Kershaw take pole in the Izzy racing Evora ahead of GT4 leaders Ross Wylie and Jake Giddings in the Beachdean Junior team Aston Martin. The TF Aston Martin of Andrew Jarman was third with Century Motorsport’s Rick Parfitt Jr and Tom Oliphant fourth on the grid in their Ginetta G55 GT4.

There are several addtions to the field for the finale, FF Corse have a second 458 GT3 for Ron and Piers Johnson. Ginetta return with their works team (Team LNT) running a Ginetta G55 GT3 for Michael Simpson and Steve Tandy. James May and Alex Osbourne return to GT4 for the first time since Silverstone with their Porsche 911 Gt4. Last but not least joining Chris Hoy this time is Wolfgang Reip although car trouble in qualifying put them down to last of the GT3 cars.

Things are all set for an exciting finale on Sunday at Donington Park. Tickets are available on the gate and the race starts at 12:55pm

Full times and the grid for the race are available from TSL Timing  By Marc Waller

The Gt4 championship leaders are in Second in class (photo by Marc Waller) Oman Racing on Pole (photo by Marc Waller) Issy racing on GT4 pole (photo by Marc Waller) Championship leaders Ecurie Ecosse in second (photo by Marc Waller) Second Oman car in fourth (photo by Marc Waller)

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