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Onslow-Cole sets the pace in British GT warm-up

Sunday, June 22 2014

Tom Onslow-Cole headed the warm-up session ahead of today's (Sunday) Avon Tyres British GT Championship races at Snetterton.

The Oman Racing Team Aston Martin, in the hands of Rory Butcher, headed the field in the opening moments of the compact session, which would only see four flying laps, unsurprisingly handed by the pro drivers.

Onslow-Cole lapped nine tenths quicker than Butcher in the late stages, with Matt Bell also beating Butcher's time. However, the headline lap, which would not be bettered in the session, was more than a second off the qualifying pace, as teams concentrated on race trim for both of today's one-hour encounters.

Phil Keen lapped the Trackspeed Porsche third quickest in the final moments, ahead of Richard Abra's Aston Martin and Aaron Scott's Ferrari. Behind early pacesetter Butcher, the reigning champion Beechdean car was seventh, followed by the AF Corse Ferrari, second Trackspeed Porsche and Triple 8 BMW of Luke Hines and Derek Johnston.

In GT4 Jamie Stanley's Ginetta initially headed the ISSY Racing Evora, but eventually had to settle for second in class.

Race one will take place at 11:40am today. Click here to download a full classification for this session.

Avon Tyres British GT Championship Warm-up
1, Strata 21, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Paul White/Tom Onslow-Cole, GT3, 1:50.229s
2, United Autosports, Audi R8 LMS Ultra, Iain Dockerill/Matt Bell, GT3, +0.088s
3, Trackspeed, Porsche 997 GT3 R, Jon Minshaw/Phil Keen, GT3, +0.433s
4, MP Motorsport AMR, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Mark Poole/Richard Abra, GT3, +0.673s
5, AF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia, John Dhillon/Aaron Scott, GT3, +0.729s
6, Oman Racing Team, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Jeff Smith/Rory Butcher, GT3, +1.429s
7, Beechdean AMR, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Andrew Howard/Jonny Adam, GT3, +1.592s
8, AF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia, Pasin Lathouras/Richard Lyons, GT3, +2.072s
9, Trackspeed, Porsche 997 GT3 R, Jody Firth/Warren Hughes, GT3, +2.489s
10, Triple 8, BMW Z4 GT3, Derek Johnston/Luke Hines, GT3, +2.710s

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.