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Davidson and Adam take British GT pole at Donington Park

Saturday, June 22 2019

Graham Davidson and Jonny Adam will start tomorrow's (Sunday) British GT Championship race at Donington Park from overall pole position, after setting the best combined time during the GT3 qualifying sessions this afternoon.

Davidson was the outright fastest in the opening AM qualifying period behind the wheel of the duo's TF Sport Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3, before Adam set the fourth fastest time in the following PRO session to secure aggregate pole with a combined time of 2m54.792s.

Dennis Lind was fastest in the PRO session and his efforts were enough to ensure that his and Michael Igoe's Lamborghini Huracan GT3 will start from the front row of the grid after their cumulative efforts put them just three-tenths-of-a-second shy of pole position.

Rob Bell and Shaun Balfe's McLaren will start third, just ahead of championship leaders Phil Keen and Adam Balon in their Lamborghini. Keen and Balon's team-mated Sam De Haan and Jonny Cocker will complete the top-five.

Behind the pole-sitting car, the next best placed Aston Martin on the grid will be Andrew Howard's machine which he is sharing with Ross Gunn this weekend in sixth. Bradley Ellis and Ollie Wilkinson were seventh quickest in another V8 Vantage, just ahead of Mark Farmer and Nicki Thiim who completed a mini Aston Martin train in eighth.

The top-ten is rounded out by the BMW M6 GT3 of Dominic Paul and Ben Green, and the Bentley Continental GT3 of former champions Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris.

Ian Loggie and Callum Macleod, who won the last round of the championship at Silverstone will have to fight from the back of the GT3 grid after the latter ran into the gravel trap at the Fogarty Esses and caused a red flag early in the PRO session.

In the GT4 class it was the Ford Mustang of Seb Priaulx and Scott Maxwell that claimed class pole position from the McLaren 570S of James Dorlin and Josh Smith. Dean Macdonald and Callum Pointon's McLaren completes the top-three on the GT4 grid. 

A notable performer in the GT4 class was Scott Malvern who broke the GT4 qualifying lap record by half-a-second to take his Mercedes-AMG up to fifth on the class grid after winning last time out at Silverstone with co-driver Nick Jones. 

GT3
1, Davidson/Adam, Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3, 2m54.792s
2, Igoe/Lind, Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO, +0.351s
3, Balfe/Bell, McLaren 720S GT3, +0.530s
4, Balon/Keen, Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO, +0.572s
5, De Haan/Cocker, Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO, +0.709s
6, Howard/Gunn, Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3, +0.756s
7, Wilkinson/Ellis, Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3, +0.790s
8, Farmer/Thiim, Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3, +0.903s
9, Paul/Green, BMW M6 GT3, +1.058s
10, Parfitt Jnr/Morris, Bentley Continental GT3, +1.109s

GT4
1, Maxwell/Priaulx, Ford Mustang GT4, 3m10.636s
2, Dorlin/Smith, McLaren 570S GT4, +0.238s
3, Macdonald/Pointon, McLaren 570S GT4, +0.359s
4, Kimber/Mathiassen, BMW M4 GT4, +0.370s
5, Jones/Malvern, Mercedes-AMG GT4, +0.481s

For full timings from this weekend's event, click here. 

The British GT Championship headlines a full day's racing at Donington Park tomorrow (Sunday) with a two-hour showpiece race. There will be a support programme too featuring two BRDC British F3 races and much more besides. 

Tickets for Sunday are available on the gate for £25 with FREE entry for under-13s. For more information, please call 0843 453 9000 or click here.