Sam Tordoff took an impressive double pole position in a close Porsche Carrera Cup GB qualifying session at Snetterton while Michael Leonard and Ahmad Al Harthy shared class poles in the Pro-Am1 class. Series debutant Fraser O’Brien took a brace of pole positions in the Pro-Am2 class.
Michael Meadows set the early pace on his first set of tyres with the two fastest times but as the session progressed and the drivers switched to their second set of tyres the times continued to fall. The last five minutes saw a number of drivers share the top spot including sportscar ace Andy Meyrick who was making his series debut this weekend. Meyrick’s time wouldn’t stand up to the challenge for long as Tordoff blasted his way to the top with a time of 1:52.085s. Meadows would try his best to better his time but could only manage a 1:52.308s, good enough to bump Meyrick to third but not enough for pole.
Tordoff’s pace was strong enough that even his second fastest time would have been good enough to take pole position for the first race. “That was a good session,” said Tordoff. “I knew if I pieced it all together we’d be quick. That’s a great way to start the second half of the season.”
“Sam’s got two-tenths of a second on us,” said second placed Meadows. “He’s got good pace at the moment.”
Series debutant Andy Meyrick was looking forward to going racing. “It’s good to be here and I’m happy enough,” said Meyrick. “They are fantastic cars to drive and I’m learning every time I get in the car. Snetterton has changed a bit since I was last here”.
Ben Barker was left frustrated after not managing to better fourth place on his home track whild Jonas Gelzinis, Daniel Lloyd and Rory Butcher rounded out the top six.
Michael Leonard put in the performance of the session after running as high as fourth overall and leading the Pro-Am1 category. The performance was even more impressive after he elected to do the run in just three laps – on one set of tyres. “The car is brilliant,” said the Irish racer, who will start second on the grid for the second race.
Pro-Am1 championship leader and TCF blogger Al Harthy finished the session with second place for race 1 and a pole position for race 2. “We’ve progressed from yesterday I’m happy with how things are. Victor Jimenez and Derek Pierce were third and fourth.
Another debutant for the weekend was Pro-Am2’s Fraser O’Brien who impressed from the off taking two pole positions. “I made a few mistakes and I think I could have gone quicker,” said O’Brien. Tania Mann made a return to the series to take second and Will Goff rounded off the Pro-Am2 category.