Tom Ingram played the tactical game to perfection to take pole position for Round 21 of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup at Rockingham.
While the likes of Carl Breeze and Andrew Richardson went straight out on track at the beginning of the twenty minute session, Ingram, Jake Hill and championship leader Tom Sharp
Breeze’s decision to go out early seemed to be paying off as he stormed to the top of the timesheets from the off, going on to set a best time of 1:21.725s.
With a four tenth advantage over Richardson, Breeze then dived into the pits to end his session, saving his tyres for the races, with Rockingham renowned as the hardest circuit on the calendar for tyre wear.
As Breeze entered the pits, Ingram, Hill and Sharp joined the track, with their first flying lap putting each of them in the top seven. KX Akademy-backed Ingram was the quickest of the trio, jumping to second with his second flying lap, before taking pole with his next lap, his time of 1:21.445s putting him on pole by two tenths.
Breeze held second from Richardson and Hill, the top four split by 0.806s. Jamie Orton went fifth, while Sharp struggled down in sixth, a late pitstop for a tyre pressure change halting his momentum. Colin White, Marcus Hogarth, Hunter Abbott and series returnee Freddie Hetherington completed the top ten.
Eleventh overall and quickest in the G50’s was runaway class leader Mark Davies, with his closest challenger Rob Gaffney nearly eight tenths behind in thirteenth overall, behind the G55 of Fergus Walkinshaw. Reece Somerfield was third in class ahead of Declan Jones, series newcomer Harry Cockill and James Owen.