Red-Hot Burns Scorches To Rockingham Pole Position


Will Burns Rockingham 2013

Will Burns took pole position for the trio of Protyre Ginetta GT5 Challenge Championship races at Rockingham, doing so in comfortable fashion.

The Academy Motorport man was unbeatable just as he was earlier in the day during free practice, moving to the top of the timesheets on his first lap before continuing to improve his efforts throughout the session.

His team-mate Oli Basey-Fisher made the first half of the session an Academy 1-2 at the top of the times as the pair circulated setting quicker and quicker times, Burns leading by over a second as he was the only man to dip into the 1m37s barrier.

Basey-Fisher soon fell victim to the men around him as the session drew on, David Pittard moving up to second place with double Oulton Park winner Brad Bailey on his tail in third, before Burns continued to extend his cushion with every lap as he moved the lead gap to almost a second once again.

Burns went even quicker with his final effort to seal pole with a time of 1m37.673s, Bailey the man coming closest to the Academy Motorsport youngster by moving up to second place with his late effort during the final three minutes, ableit 0.716s back.

SV21 driver Pittard settled for third place, sharing the second row of the grid with Oulton pole-sitter Luke Davenport, the Reflex Racing man beating Basey-Fisher with his very last flying lap to demote his rival to fifth ahead of Clive Richards.

Another making moves late in the session was Thiago Calvet, the Brazilian jumping up to seventh for Optimum Motorsport, Matt Flowers, Ben Hyland and Gary Duckman rounding out the top 10.

Elsewhere, 16th-placed Gary Simms came out on top in the G20 class, out-qualifying Dr Barbara Kubicka’s G40 machine as well as his closest G20 rivals Brian Murphy, Mark De Spong and Jonny Greenwood.