The #11 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 driven by Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam took pole position for the final round of the 2016 British GT Championship at Donington on September 11.
The team gambled on the conditions being considerable drier for qualifying, in contrast to the rain and drizzle that affected the two morning practice sessions.
Johnston set a time of 1:29.366 in the GT3 Am qualifying session, .011 seconds quicker than the #1 Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 driven by Andrew Howard, returning for the final round of the Championship.
Pro driver Adam then went on to set a lap-time of 1:27.602, the quickest time of the GT3 Pro session, to put the #11 car on pole with a aggregate time of 2:56.968, .414 seconds ahead of the #79 Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse McLaren 650S GT3 driven by Alasdair McCaig and Rob Bell.
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In conditions marginally improved from FP1, Tolman Motorsport again topped the GT3 time-sheets in FP2 with a 1:41.524 set by Ian Simpson.
Times throughout the session fell as the rain which affected the first session was officially classed as ‘drizzle’.
Two brief red-flag periods interrupted proceedings. The first followed an off-track excursion by the #72 Stratton Motorsport Lotus Evora GT4 with Tim Eakin at the wheel. The second involved the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 which, at the time of the incident, was being driven by Rick Parfitt. Parfitt touched the wall on pit-entry resulting in light damage to the front splitter. The car was pushed back into the garage for repairs and missed the remainder of the session.
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Cool, wet conditions greeted the drivers as cars took to the track for the first practice session for the final round of the 2016 British GT Championship at Donington Park.
Conditions were such that few teams were prepared to push hard and risk damage early in the weekend. The forecast is for the rain to clear by the early afternoon so, with FP2 set for 12:20, times in a dryer second session will probably be more indicative of overall pace.
Despite the poor conditions, few drivers made off-track excursions. The #72 Stratton Motorsport Lotus Evora GT4 with Gavan Kershaw at the wheel spun early in the session and a trip into the gravel by Abbie Eaton in the #60 Ebor GT Motorsport Maserati GT MC GT4 briefly red-flagged the session after 22 minutes. No damage was incurred by the #60 car.
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The entry list for the Round Nine of the 2016 British GT Championship has revealed some surprises.
After being withdrawn after damage incurred at Spa and the team’s subsequent focus on the GT4 Championship, the #1 Beechdean AMR Vantage GT3 returns for the final round. 2015 British GT Champion, Andrew Howard, will be partnered for this round by Rory Butcher. Butcher is currently riding high in the European Le Mans Series where, in a driving line-up shared with Robert Smith and Andrea Bertolini, he is leading the LMGTE class in the #66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari F458 Italia.
Absent from Donington will be the #5 PFL Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Professional driver Jody Fannin announced via social media that the team would be concentrating on testing and foregoing competing in Round Nine.
In GT4 Fox Motorsport has entered its Ginetta G55 GT4 with a driver pairing of Sam Webster and Jamie Stanley.
Stratton Motorsport will be on the grid with its second Lotus Evora GT4. The #72 car will be driven by Tim Eakin and Gavan Kershaw.
GPRM will also return for Donington with its Toyota GT86. The drivers will be Oliver Chadwick and Stefan Hodgets.
Practice for Round of the 2016 British GT Championship begins at 09:40 on Saturday September 10 with qualifying sessions starting at 16:15. The green flag drops for the start of the two-hour race at 13:00 on Sunday September 11.
The 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship moves to Autodrómo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico from September 1 – 3 when the 6 Hours of Mexico is run on the circuit first established in 1962 and to which The FIA Formula One World Championship returned in 2015.
At 2,285 metres above sea level, Circuit Autodrómo Hermanos Rodríguez has the highest elevation of all the current FIA World Endurance Championship circuits and will be a test for drivers and cars alike.
In the Manufacturers’ Championship, Porsche Team has a commanding lead of 164 points, 35 points ahead of second placed Audi Sport Team Joest. Toyota Gazoo Racing, after all the promise of the significant development of the Toyota TS050-Hybrid for 2016, remains in third place in the Manufacturers’ Championship standings on 97 points. It does appear as if the design of the 2016 car was solely aimed at victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, an objective which was narrowly missed in the final laps of the race, and that the FIA World Endurance Championship was not top of the priority list for this year.
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