Live: Avon Tyres British GT Championship Finale Qualifying


This blog will update throughout the qualifying session for the final round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship from Donington Park.

18:56Team WFR lead GT4, by 1.3 seconds over the Mazda that ended the session early parked by the side of the track.

18:55Title contenders Joe Osborne and Steve Tandy were 11th, troubled RJN Motorsport only 14th

18:55Top 10 – Reiter, UA #27, Rosso Verde, MTECH, TSpeed #31, Beechdean, Ecurie Ecosse, Motorbase #11, Motorbase #10, UA #24

18:53The checkered flag flies, Simonsen aborts a final lap, Parente is off the pace. Pole for Peter Kox and Reiter Engineering

18:52Alvaro Parente goes second fastest, just 0.075 slower than Kox who aborts his lap into the pits

18:52Still a minute to go – there is time for improvements still….

18:51Kox responds with the overall best through the first sector of the lap

18:50Simonsen halves the deficit to the pole time to 0.376

18:47The RJN Motorsport Nissan pulls out of the session – they are just 13th

18:47Green Flag. Here we go again!

18:46Kox’s blazing lap has cut the number of cars covered by a second at the top to “just” nine

18:465:44 remaining Reiter have pole by 0.605 over the Rosso Verde Ferrari with the championship leading MTECH car in third

18:45Matt Griffin goes 3rd for MTECH but there’s a red flag for a stopped Chevron on the GP loop!

18:44Peter Kox takes provisional pole for Reiter Engineering with a 1:28.082

18:42Michael Caine has moved him and title hopeful teammate Daniele Perfetti up to 8th for Motorbase

18:42Olly Bryant takes the Ecurie Ecosse BMW up to 5th – top 15 now within a single second!

18:41And the faster drivers are taking back over the majority of cars for a final shot at pole.

18:4010 minutes to go – top 10 – Rosso Verde, UA #27, Reiter, Beechdean, UA #24, TSpeed #31, Scud. Vitt., TSpeed #32, MTECH & Motorbase #10

18:39Or not, new tyres for the Lambo going on, is Kox shooting for pole??

18:38Kox pits satisfied with the pace he’s got out of the car, for Nico Pronk to get back in

18:37John Dhillons been off at the Old Hairpin in the Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari, but hes got going again

18:37Peter Kox jumps up to 3rd in the Reiter Lambo, 0.118 off pole position

18:35The Reiter Engineering Lamborghini leaps to 10th fastest, so that’s the top 12 split by a second now

18:34The Mazda is in the pitlane spewing water

18:34The top 11 are currently split by less than a second with just 0.056 the gap between 1st and 2nd

18:33Questions as to whether the RJN Nissan has a misfire….

18:32It’s generally the slower drivers in the cars now, so expect improvements to be pretty sparse for a while.

18:31Team WFR lead GT4 by sixth tenth from the Jota Mazda

18:3010 mins in the top 10 is Rosso Verde, UA #27, Beechdean, UA #24, T’Speed #31, Scud.Vitt., TSpeed #32, MTECH and the 2 Motorbase cars

18:29The other UA MP4-12C leads the championship challengers in fourth place, but only one place ahead of David Ashburn’s Porsche

18:28Alvaro Parente goes second fastest in the #27 United Autosports McLaren as their team manager is called to race control

18:28Bryant, sharing with Alasdair McCaig (2nd in points) is just 15th fastest at the moment

18:27But Simonsen pits with Stephen Jelley in the #10 Motorbase Porsche and Oliver Bryant in the Ecurie Ecosse BMW

18:26Simonsen takes another 3 thousandths from his best time and then sets another best time through S1

18:25Matt Bell and Jonny Adam take 2nd and 3rd with Aaron Scott 4th for Scuderia Vittoria

18:24Allan Simonsen in the Rosso Verde Ferrari leads thw way after the first flying laps on 1:28.690

18:21Cars are out of the pitlane to start the session.

18:20No points on offer here, just pole position for tomorrow’s 2 hour race at Donington Park

18:19OK, so here we go for the final British GT qualifying session of 2012…