Mitchell, Keen share Snetterton poles
Jack Mitchell claimed his and Macmillan AMR’s maiden British GT pole position at Snetterton. Mitchell was perfect in the first of the 10-minute qualifying sessions. As a Silver Cup crew he and co-driver James Littlejohn carries additional weight to balance it against the PRO-AM pairings. Not that anyone informed Mitchell who claimed provisional pole on his first flying lap before lowering it by another half-second to end up with a 1:48.555. That was sufficient to see off Barwell Motorsport’s Jon Minshaw, who was 0.876 further back after also improving on his second run. However, the championship leader will be fully aware of Mitchell’s five-second success penalty – incurred as a result of finishing third at Rockingham – that his Aston Martin will serve during its mandatory in race one.
Topping both free practice sessions made Phil Keen the man to beat in race two’s qualifying, and the championship leader delivered another dominant performance to head a Barwell Motorsport one-two. Team mate Sam Tordoff was the first driver into the 1:37 bracket, but his time at the top was short-lived before Keen crossed the line. His first flying lap was comfortably quick enough for pole and his second a fraction faster en route to a best of 1:47.332.
Lanan Racing and Ginetta’s Alex Reed emerged from an ultra-tight race one GT4 qualifying session. Joe Osborne claimed a first British GT pole position since Donington 2013 in the second GT4 qualifying.