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McLaren and Audi take Donington British GT poles

Saturday, May 28 2022

Enduro Motorsport's McLaren has claimed a commanding pole position for Round 4 of the Intelligent Money British GT Championship after Morgan Tillbrook and Marcus Clutton topped their respective qualifying sessions at Donington Park earlier this afternoon. Meanwhile, Steller Motorsport's points-leading Audi starts up front in GT4 thanks to the combined efforts of Richard Williams and Sennan Fielding who made it three pole positions in four attempts.

The 2 Seas Motorsport Mercedes-AMG finished a combined 0.383s down on Enduro's GT3 pace-setting pair, but that was still enough for James Cottingham and Lewis Williamson to beat Adam Balon and Sandy Mitchell (Barwell Motorsport, Lamborghini) to second overall.

Further back, Fielding couldn't quite cap Steller's day by setting GT4's fastest time. Instead, Darren Turner produced a new qualifying lap record - just as Clutton had in GT3 - to vault the Newbridge Motorsport Aston Martin he shares with Matt Topham up to second overall and first in Pro-Am. And R Racing's Josh Miller and Jamie Day underlined the Vantage's pace by pinching third from Academy's Mustang by just 0.005s.

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Just 0.3s covered the top-six at the end of an incredibly tight first 10 minutes, although it would have been a little more without Tillbrook's fastest time being removed.

In fact, Q1's pace-setter had two laps chalked off for track limits infringements - the second of which was 0.1s quicker than anyone else - but still ended up fastest by just 0.009s from Ian Loggie who reduced RAM Racing's deficit on his final flying lap.

2 Seas' James Cottingham also featured at the front throughout Q1 and ended up only 0.063s behind Tillbrook, while Barwell's early pace-setter Adam Balon slotted into fourth another tenth-and-a-half behind.

Richard Neary (Team Abba Racing) and Alex Malykhin (Redline Racing) completed the tight top-six at half-time.

British GT's combined qualifying format ensured any one of the first half-dozen could still have taken pole. But Clutton had other ideas and immediately set about putting P1 beyond doubt.

His first flying lap would, as it turned out, have been fast enough to seal pole. But there was a little left in the tank and Enduro's McLaren eventually lowered the qualifying record to 1m25.460s.

No-one else could get within two tenths of that, although 2 Seas and Barwell both picked up a place at RAM Racing's expense. Lewis Williamson went from third to second, while Mitchell set Q2's second fastest time to also leapfrog Callum Macleod in the overall classification.

Behind, James Dorlin managed to turn Redline's 0.006s deficit into a combined half-tenth advantage over Sam Neary and Team Abba Racing who dropped back a place to sixth overall. The top-two Silver-Am entries will line-up side-by-side on Sunday.

Balfe Motorsport's Audi shared by Shaun Balfe and Adam Carrol ended both sessions seventh overall and is joined on row four by RAM's other Mercedes-AMG featuring John Ferguson and Ulysse De Pauw who'd earlier topped FP2.

WPI's Lamborghini and the Assetto Bentley rounded out the top-10.

Intelligent Money British GT Championship, GT3 qualifying result:
1. Enduro Motorsport (Morgan Tillbrook/Marcus Clutton), McLaren 720S, 2m52.746s (aggregate)
2. 2 Seas Motorsport (James Cottingham/Lewis Williamson), Mercedes-AMG GT3, 2m53.129s
3. Barwell Motorsport (Adam Ballon/Sandy Mitchell), Lamborghini Huracan, 2m53.227s
4. RAM Racing (Ian Loggie/Callum MacLeod), Mercedes-AMG GT3, 2m53.243s
5. Redline Racing (Alex Malykhin/James Dorlin), Lamborghini Huracan, 2m53.684s
6. Team Abba Racing (Richard Neary/Sam Neary), Mercedes-AMG GT3, 2m53.735s
7. Balfe Motorsport (Shaun Balfe/Adam Carroll), Audi R8 LMS Evo II, 2m53.846s
8. RAM Racing (John Ferguson/Ulsse De Pauw), Mercedes-AMG GT3, 2m53.877s
9. WPI Motorsport (Michael Igoe/Phil Keen), Lamborghini Huracan, 2m54.084s
10. Assetto Motorsport (Mark Sansom/Will Tregurtha), Bentley Continental, 2m54.353s

Click here for full GT3 results.
Click here for full GT4 results. 

Report from BritishGT.com. 

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