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Pole positions for Jones Ascari and Lester/Simonsen Ferrari

Saturday, September 25 2010

David Jones' Preci Spark Ascari and Allan Simonsen's Ferrari 430 have taken pole position honours for tomorrow's (Sunday) Avon Tyres British GT Championship races at Brands Hatch.

Qualifying One
The Preci Spark Ascari initially set the pace ahead of Archie Hamilton's Chad Ferrari. However, the 15 minute session was interrupted halfway through by a red flag period when Hamilton subsequently went off into the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend.

When qualifying restarted, Duncan Cameron's Mtech Ferrari immediately rose to the top of the timesheets, followed by Andrew Howard's Aston Martin and the Chad Ferrari of Chris Hyman.

Cameron was quickly deposed though by championship leader David Ashburn in his Trackspeed Porsche 911, who looked set for pole position until the final lap of the session, when David Jones replied with an even quicker time - securing pole by just eight hundredths of a second.

Jamie Stanley clinched G4 pole position in his Speedworks Motorsport Ginetta G50.

Qualifying Two
Allan Simonsen's Ferrari dominated the second 15 minute qualifying session, setting the pace from the outset to secure pole position - and become the only driver to break the 1m26s barrier.

The Mtech Ferrari of Matt Griffin remained determined throughout however, closing in on Simonsen to qualify just three tenths adrift ahead of Phil Burton's Ferrari 430.

Slightly further down the order, Godfrey Jones' Ascari and Michael Bentwood's Aston Martin set identical times to qualify fifth and sixth respectively.

This session was also affected by an incident, as Ben Hetherington's Century Motorsport Ginetta went off at Clearways. However, only yellow flags were required on this occasion and therefore it did not interrupt the session.

G4 pole honours went to the second Century Motorsport Ginetta G50 of Nathan Freke.

Race one of the British GT Championship will take place tomorrow (Sunday) at 12.40pm, followed by race two at 4.50pm.

Avon Tyres British GT Championship, Brands Hatch, Qualifying 1:
1. David Jones (Preci Spark Ascari KZ1R), 1m28.705s
2. David Ashburn (Trackspeed Porsche 997 GT3R), +0.084s
3. Andrew Howard (Beechdean Aston Martin DBRS9), +0.573s
4. Duncan Cameron (Mtech Ferrari 430 Scuderia GT3), +0.706s
5. Chris Hyman (Chad Racing Ferrari 430 Scuderia GT3), +0.706s
6. Hector Lester (Ferrari 430 Scuderia GT3), +1.119s
7. Phil Burton (Ferrari 430 Scuderia GT3), +1.220s
8. Archie Hamilton (Chad Racing Ferrari 430 Scuderia GT3), +1.444s
9. Paul Whight (Aston Martin DBRS9), +1.901s
10. Paul Warren (Chad Racing Ferrari 430 Scuderia GT3), +2.101s

Avon Tyres British GT Championship, Brands Hatch, Qualifying 2:
1. Allan Simonsen (Ferrari 430 Scuderia GT3), 1m26.680s
2. Matt Griffin (Mtech Ferrari 430 Scuderia GT3), +0.348s
3. Adam Wilcox (Ferrari 430 Scuderia GT3), +0.426s
4. Tom Ferrier (Chad Racing Ferrari 430 Scuderia GT3), +0.950s
5. Godfrey Jones (Preci Spark Ascari KZ1R GT3), +1.129s
6. Michael Bentwood (Aston Martin DBRS9), +1.129s
7. Glynn Geddie (Trackspeed Porsche 911 GT3R), +1.157s
8. Daniel Brown (Chad Racing Ferrari 430 Scuderia GT3), +1.785s
9. Leo Machitski (Aston Martin DBRS9), +2.878s
10. Nathan Freke (Century Motorsport Ginetta G50), +8.093s

Tickets for the British F3 and GT Championships at Brands Hatch on Sunday 26 September cost £21 on the gate for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0870 950 9000 or click on the link below.