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Adam/Haigh Aston claims British GT pole position at Brands Hatch

Saturday, August 04 2018

Jonny Adam and Flick Haigh will start tomorrow's headline British GT Championship race at Brands Hatch from pole position in their Optimum Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage V12, after claiming pole position in this afternoon's (Saturday) split qualifying session.

Haigh was fourth fastest in the opening part of qualifying, before handing over to Adam who sealed overall pole position by securing the fastest aggregate qualification time for the duo. This places the Aston Martin pairing in the best possible position to make up ground in their championship chase - they are 14 points off the championship lead heading into tomorrow's race.

Darren Turner and Andrew Howard will make it an all Aston Martin front row after qualifying second in their Beechdean AMR car, whilst championship leaders Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw will start from third in their Lamborghini Huracan.

Maxime Martin and Graham Davidson were fourth in Jetstream Motorsport's Aston Martin, with the top-five completed by Jonny Cocker and Sam De Haan in a second Lamborghini Huracan.

Mark Farmer and Nicki Thiim, who impressed in the opening practice session of the weekend will start from the back of the GT3 grid following an off from Farmer in the opening qualifying segment.

GT3 Qualifying

1, Haigh/Adam, Optimum Motorsport, Aston Martin V12 Vantage, 2m52.529s
2, Howard/Turner, Beechdean Motorsport, Aston Martin V12 Vantage, +0.431s
3, Minshaw/Keen, Barwell Motorsport, Lamborghini Huracan, +0.628s
4, Davidson/Martin, Jetstream Motorsport, +0.676s
5, De Haan/Cocker, Barwell Motorsport, Lamborghin Huracan, +0.786s

Behind the leading GT3 cars, GT4 class pole position was claimed by Jack Mitchell and Dean Macdonald in their Century Motorsport-entered BMW, just ahead of team-mates Ben Green and Ben Tuck. The GT4 top-three was completed by Jan Jonck and Tom Wood's Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

A showpiece two-hour British GT Championship race will headline tomorrow's programme at 13:40. With pit-stops, driver changes, and tactical intrigue, there is plenty to enjoy in British GT.

Sunday's race line-up will also include two BRDC British F3 races, plus Ginetta and Caterham support races.