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Beechdean and Fox take British GT poles at Brands Hatch

Saturday, August 01 2015

Beechdean Motorsport's Andrew Howard and Jonny Adam took pole position for tomorrow's Avon Tyres British GT Championship race at Brands Hatch today (Saturday), with Jamie Stanley and Paul McNeilly heading the GT4 runners in the Fox Motorsport Ginetta.

In the opening session for GT3 Am drivers, VonRyanRacing McLaren driver Ross Wylie topped the order early on, but was displaced by Gary Eastwood's FF Corse Ferrari momentarily before lapping half a second quicker on the following tour. He would remain at the head of the order for the duration of the session.

Andrew Howard and Andrew Jarman powered their Aston Martins into second and third place respectively, and Ahmad Al Harthy slotted between them to make it three Vantages in the top five. Lee Mowle also demoted Eastwood a place in the Triple Eight BMW Z4.

A fast lap from Andrew Watson kept the McLaren at the top of the order when the GT3 Pro session got underway, but Jonny Adam's first effort was good enough to put the Beechdean Aston Martin ahead on aggregate times.

Next Joe Osborne headed the order in the Triple Eight BMW, the gap between the team and Beechdean just eight hundredths of a second. VonryanRacing remained third, heading Ecurie Ecosse and Oman Racing Team's Rory Butcher/Liam Griffin combination.

In the final moments Adam squeezed a couple of tenths out of the Beechdean Aston Martin to take overall pole position, and the remainder of the top five stayed the same until the chequered flag.

Adam said: "The car's good here and qualifying was a bit special. It will be close between everybody tomorrow, there's only a second around here between Pro and Am."

British GT Championship GT3 Qualifying - combined times
1, Andrew Howard/Jonny Adam, Beechdean AMR, Aston Martin Vantage, GT3, 2:51.606s
2, Lee Mowle/Joe Osborne, Triple Eight Racing, BMW Z4, GT3, +0.262s
3, Ross Wylie/Andrew Watson, VonRyanRacing, McLaren 650S, GT3, +0.404s
4, Marco Attard/Alexander Sims, Barwell Motorsport/Ecurie Ecosse, BMW Z4, GT3, +0.537s
5, Liam Griffin/Rory Butcher, Oman Racing Team, Aston Martin Vantage, GT3, +0.557s
6, Andrew Jarman/Jody Fannin, TF Sport, Aston Martin Vantage, GT3, +0.839s
7, Gary Eastwood/Adam Carroll, FF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia, GT3, +0.917s
8, Ahmad Al Harthy/Daniel Lloyd, Oman Racing Team, Aston Martin Vantage, GT3, +1.069s
9, Derek Johnston/Matt Bell, TF Sport, Aston Martin Vantage, GT3, +1.258s
10, Steve Tandy/Mike Simpson, Team LNT, Ginetta G55, GT3, +1.364s

The GT4 Am session began with Oz Yusuf lapping the ISSY Racing Lotus Evora fastest on his first flying lap. Will Moore challenged in the Academy Motorsport Aston Martin, and took provisional pole by more than two tenths before Paul McNeilly topped the times by a similar margin in the Fox Motorsport Ginetta.

Aleksander Schjerpen made it a Ginetta 1-2 in the closing moments, but they were both denied by Moore, who topped the session on his last lap. A late effort from Yusuf wilted in the final sector, leaving him in fourth place.

There were several contenders for pole in the opening GT4 Pro lap, with Fox Motorsport's Jamie Stanley heading ISSY Racing's Gavan Kershaw, both demoting Academy Motorsport to third place. Next time around Stanley extended his advantage to nine tenths, with Kershaw unable to offer a response, despite a storming first sector. James Birch promoted the Century Motorsport Ginetta to third place and with little in the way of improvements in the final moments, the order was set.

British GT Championship GT4 Qualifying - combined times
1, Paul McNeilly/Jamie Stanley, Fox Motorsport, Ginetta G55, GT4, 3:06.578s
2, Oz Yusuf/Gavan Kershaw, ISSY Racing, Lotus Evora, GT4, +0.952s
3, Aleksander Schjerpen/James Birch, Century Motorsport, Ginetta G55, GT4, +0.979s
4, Will Moore/Dennis Strandberg, Academy Motorsport, Aston Martin Vantage, GT4, +1.457s
5, Jamie Chadwick/Ross Gun, Beechdean AMR, Aston Martin Vantage, GT4, +1.682s

Raceday tickets for the British GT Championship at Brands Hatch on Sunday 2 August are available on the gate for £23 with free entry for under-13s. For more information please call 0843 453 9000 or click here.