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Preci-Spark Ascari takes race one pole position

Sunday, August 29 2010

David Jones steered his Preci-Spark Ascari to pole position for the first Avon Tyres British GT Championship race at Snetterton this weekend, after topping the timesheets in the first of today's (Sunday) 15 minute qualifying sessions.

Although Ferrari dominated both free practice sessions at the super-quick Norfolk circuit, it was the Trackspeed Porsche 911 of David Ashburn that initially set the pace.

However, Ashburn was quickly deposed by David Jones' Preci-Spark Ascari, which moved into the lead with six minutes remaining - demonstrating a marked improvement in pace following free practice.

Martin Short's Mosler MT900R was just five hundredths of a second shy of pole position to secure a front row start, whilst Essex youngster Daniel Brown posted a series of strong laps to work his way up to third position.

Ashburn's Porsche eventually finished fourth, ahead of the Aston Martin DBRS9 of Paul Whight.

After topping the timesheets in the opening free practice session of the day, Phil Burton's Ferrari could only manage sixth in qualifying, with Craig Wilkins' Dodge Viper in seventh position.

Free practice two pace-setters Mtech clinched eighth thanks to Duncan Cameron, whilst Philip Walker took Team RPM's Ford GT to ninth.

The Ferrari 430 of Hector Lester rounded out the top ten, after Lester ended his session early to give co-driver Allan Simonsen maximum opportunity to prepare for qualifying two.

Freddie Hetherington took G4 pole position in the Century Motorsport Ginetta G50, whilst two other cars in the same category suffered problems - James Appelby went off at Sear at the end of the session and the Piranha Motorsport Lotus 2-Eleven failed to take part after the team suffered an engine problem.

Avon Tyres British GT Championship, Snetterton, qualifying 1:
1. David Jones (Preci-Spark Ascari KZ1R), 1m08.196s
2. Martin Short (Rollcentre Mosler MT900R), +0.050s
3. Daniel Brown (Chad Racing Ferrari 430 Scuderia), +0.073s
4. David Ashburn (Trackspeed Porsche 911 GT3-R), +0.692s
5. Paul Whight (Aston Martin DBRS9), +0.695s
6. Phil Burton (Ferrari 430 Scuderia), +1.055s
7. Craig Wilkins (Dodge Viper), +1.315s
8. Duncan Cameron (Mtech Ferrari 430 Scuderia), +1.496s
9. Philip Walker (Team RPM Ford GT), +1.798s
10. Hector Lester (Ferrari 430 Scuderia), +2.057s

Tickets for the British F3 and GT Championships at Snetterton are available on the gate for £21 on Bank Holiday Monday for adults. Entry is free for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0870 950 9000 or click on the link below.