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Ecurie Ecosse and Beechdean take British GT poles at Snetterton

Saturday, June 21 2014

Ecurie Ecosse and Beechdean shared the pole position honours in qualifying for this weekend's Avon Tyres British GT Championship races at Snetterton today (Saturday).

Andrew Howard led the cars out of the pitlane for the opening 15-minute session, which would be contested by the am drivers. However it was fellow Aston Martin driver Phil Dryburgh who set the initial fastest lap.

With all drivers required to complete at least three flying laps in just 15 minutes, the pressure was on from the start, and it appeared that the BMWs and Aston Martins had good speed around the 300 circuit. Nevertheless Pasin Lathouras was the next driver to lap the AF Corse Ferrari quickest, whilst Jon Minshaw and Jody Firth were making waves in the Trackspeed Porsches.

With under five minutes remaining, Marco Attard posted the fastest times in every sector to take provisional pole position by a commanding six tenths. Clearly pleased with his effort, he pitted the BMW Z4 on the next lap, and as he was getting out of the car, the garages began to fill, signalling no further challenges.

In GT4, Ozzy Yusuf's Lotus Evora held a slim advantage over the Ginetta of Rick Parfitt Jr, which was later extended when the latter pitted, to secure class pole. A full result from the session can be downloaded by clicking here.

Avon Tyres British GT Championship Qualifying one
1, Ecurie Ecosse, BMW Z4 GT3, Marco Attard, GT3, 1:51.122s
2, AF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia, Pasin Lathouras, GT3, +0.599s
3, Trackspeed, Porsche 997 GT3 R, Jody Firth, GT3, +0.943s
4, MP Motorsport AMR, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Mark Poole, GT3, +1.012s
5, Trackspeed, Porsche 997 GT3 R, Jon Minshaw, GT3, +1.019s
6, PGF - Kinfaun AMR, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Phil Dryburgh, GT3, +1.021s
7, Beechdean AMR, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Andrew Howard, GT3, +1.027s
8, FF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia, Gary Eastwood, GT3, +1.284s
9, Triple 8, BMW Z4 GT3, Derek Johnston, GT3, +1.572s
10, Oman Racing Team, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Ahmad Al Harthy, GT3, +1.581s

The second session, featuring the pro drivers, was predictably quicker, with Johnny Adam's opening attempt the quickest of the day so far, and an astonishing nine tenths faster than Phil Keen's Porsche. However Steven Kane's Bentley then stopped on the circuit, and the session was duly halted.

At the restart just nine minutes remained, and despite a brief off, Joe Osborne's BMW took second, only to be knocked back a place by Adam Carroll in the FF Corse Ferrari, who had halved the gap to Adam's Aston Martin. Both Matt Bell and Tom Onslow-Cole improved as they fought to demote Jonny Cocker, currently fourth in the Ecurie Ecosse car.

Gavan Kershaw and Dan Cammish resumed their rivalry for GT4 honours and whilst the latter held a tiny advantage for much of the session, the Evora pulled ahead to take class pole by just over a tenth. Click here to download a full result.

The opening British GT race will take place at 11:40am tomorrow, with a warm-up session at 9:00 am.

Avon Tyres British GT Championship Qualifying two
1, Beechdean AMR, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Jonny Adam, GT3, 1:48.979s
2, FF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia, Adam Carroll, GT3, +0.554s
3, Triple 8, BMW Z4 GT3, Joe Osborne, GT3, +0.657s
4, Ecurie Ecosse, BMW Z4 GT3, Jonathan Cocker, GT3, +0.712s
5, Strata 21, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Tom Onslow-Cole, GT3, +0.713s
6, United Autosports, Audi R8 LMS Ultra, Matt Bell, GT3, +0.729s
7, AF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia, Richard Lyons, GT3, +0.763s
8, Trackspeed, Porsche 997 GT3 R, Phil Keen, GT3, +0.922s
9, MP Motorsport AMR, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Richard Abra, GT3, +1.004s
10, Oman Racing Team, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Rory Butcher, GT3, +1.062s

Tickets for the British GT and F3 Championships at Snetterton on 21/22 June are available on the gate for £22 on Sunday, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information, or to book tickets click here.