Aston claims pole at Brands Hatch
Beechdean AMR’s Andrew Howard and Jonny Adam claimed their first Intelligent Money British GT Championship pole position together since 2015 at Brands Hatch earlier today, while Century’s BMW shared by Will Burns and Gus Burton topped both GT4 sessions to seal an emphatic class pole.
Adam set the fastest time of all – 1m23.763s – to vault his Aston Martin from third to first after Howard initially qualified 0.176s behind Q1 pace-setter Michael Igoe. The WPI Lamborghini he shares with Phil Keen still starts on the front row after rebuffing Barwell’s Huracán GT3 Evo shared by Leo Machitski and Dennis Lind.
Beechdean served notice of their intentions by topping FP2 and carried that form into qualifying where Andrew Howard and Jonny Adam’s combined efforts scooped pole by 0.189s.
Michael Igoe’s early flyer remained unbeaten throughout the first 10-minute session despite the rest of the field slowly whittling away his early advantage.
Leo Machitski was perhaps the most relentless in his pursuit – Barwell’s Lamborghini ultimately fell just 0.053s shy of the similar Huracan ahead – while late efforts from Howard and JRM’s Kelvin Fletcher ensured just 0.2s covered Q1’s top-four.
That effectively resulted in a pole shootout between Phil Keen, Dennis Lind, Adam and Martin Plowman after Adam Balon and Richard Neary ended Q1 0.4s and 0.5s adrift in fifth and sixth, respectively.
Adam had left it late to snatch FP2’s spoils from WPI earlier in the day but found his feet immediately when it mattered most by setting GT3’s benchmark on his first representative lap. Keen, by contrast, slipped to third behind Lind initially before restoring WPI’s place on the front row next time around. Less than a tenth separated the two Lamborghinis in the overall times.
A track limits infringement spoiled Plowman’s first run but he also regrouped to maintain the Bentley’s existing fourth place ahead of Barwell’s second Lamborghini driven by reigning champion Sandy Mitchell who all but matched Keen and Lind’s individual times.
Team Abba Racing also finished where they qualified in both sessions – sixth – courtesy of Richard and Sam Neary who also sealed Silver-Am’s first-ever class pole. They were just over a tenth quicker than reigning Pro-Am champions Ian Loggie and Yelmer Buurman in the first of RAM’s Mercedes-AMGs and newcomers Enduro Motorsport who ended Q2 second fastest overall thanks to Marcus Clutton.
Balfe’s McLaren driven by father/son duo Stewart and Lewis Proctor, and RAM’s other Mercedes-AMG completed the top-10.