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The #88 Team HARD Ginetta G55 GT4 of Ben Wallace and William Phillips will start Race One of the Bank Holiday British GT Championship double-header from ninth on the grid after William Phillips lapped the 4.307 km Cheshire circuit in 1:44.570.
Phillips, who was asked to drive for the Rochester-based team after Nick Worm withdrew from the first round for personal reasons, is no stranger to Team HARD, having finished eighth in the 2016 GT4 drivers standings with the team, driving alongside Jordan Stilp. In 2017 Phillips drove for Macmillan AMR in its Aston Martin Vantage GT4, finishing fifth in the GT4 drivers standings.
“We decided that William would take the first qualifying session as he has a slight edge on me,” said Southport-based Ben Wallace. “I’m not too happy with how I how qualified but as I have only had limited running in the car, I have to be satisfied with how I drove.”
Wallace put in a 1:45.493 on his fourth lap out of five to start Race Two in eighteenth place in the GT4 class.
“My race pace has typically been faster than my qualifying times,” continued Wallace. “With two hours of racing on Monday, and with the backing of Team HARD and driving alongside William, I’m confident we’ll come away with some good results.”
The lights go out for Round One of the 2018 British GT Championship at 11:10 on Monday April 2.