Live: British GT Zandvoort – Qualifying


Avon Tyres British GT Championship (Credit: Chris Gurton Photography)

This live blog will be updated throughout the qualifying session for the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Zandvoort. Start time 9:25am local time (8:25am UK).

09:12The first race of the weekend is scheduled for 4pm local time (3pm UK)

09:03Ryan Ratcliffe takes the GT4 class pole for championship leaders Optimum Motorsport

09:02Oliver Bryant moves the title chasing Ecurie Ecosse to 6th. He will start beside title rival Jonny Adam in the Beechdean Aston

09:00Barff’s final lap will not challenge for pole, but cane he keep 2nd?

08:59Nick Tandy in the pits with 45 seconds left in the session.

08:58Aaron Scott further proves the pace of Ferrari 458 GT3 by going 4th – he and Barff were 2nd and 3rd in second practice

08:57He leaps up 2nd fastest, and cuts Tandy’s margin at the top to 0.178 seconds

08:56Rob Barff does the fastest first sector of anyone – can he challenge for pole?

08:54Jonny Adam improves to 3rd, Matt Bell takes the United Autosports Audi to 4th

08:53And NOW Nick Tandy goes to pole – 1:39.661 – more than half a second faster than Trackspeed teammate Phil Keen

08:52Jonny Adam goes 4th (1:41.005) to demote Hetherington another place

08:52Nathan Freke has burired the Century Motorsport Ginetta G50 GT4 in the gravel at Tarzan

08:51But that time is smashed by Benji Hetherington in the Fortec Mercedes, but he in turn is pushed back to 4th as Phil Keen, Joe Osborne and Rob Barff go faster

08:50Dan Brown – co-driver of first session early pace setter Steve Tandy holds provisional pole after the first flying laps on 1:42.771….

08:47Outlaps completed by the bulk of the field – we’ll have the first times next time by

08:45And we’re off again. 15 more minutes of qualifying, this time to set the grid for tomorrow lunchtime’s second race

08:44Everyone into the pits – new tyres and the pro drivers belt in for the second session. Can anyone topple Nick Tandy?

08:43Andrew Howard is only 19th fastest overall – behind the best of the GT4s in Declan Jones

08:41So, Ahmad Al Harthy claims pole position for the the first race – later today – David Ashburn completes and all-Porsche front row

08:40Coming into the final seconds – any improvement looks out of the question, though it looks like it’s stopped raining

08:39Declan Jones is fastest in GT4, four seconds faster than title rival Rick Parfitt Jr in the Optimum Motorsport car

08:38Rembert Berg (currently eighth fastest) comes back to the pits without a right-rear tyre on the WRT Audi

08:37Some drizzle falling around the track, looks to have locked in the top times

08:36Al Harthy’s lap of 1:42.988 is going to take some beating. Ashburn second on 1:43.138. Steve Tandy 3rd on 1:44.091

08:31Fresh from setting what was then the best lap Steve Tandy spun at Hugenholzm but is going again and up to speed.

08:30David Ashburn pops up to the top, but is pushed back to second my Ahmad Al Harthy in the Oman Air Motorbase car

08:29Steve Tandy in the #888 BMW Z4 GT3 the fastest of the early laps on 1:44.091

08:27They’re out of the pits and onto their outlaps – first flying times next time past the pits

08:26Men to watch: points leader Andrew Howard in the Beechdean Aston, Dutchamn Rembert Berg in the WRT Audi

08:22By and large it’s the the less experienced drivers in the cars for the first session. Declan Jones in the Century Motorsport GT4 one exception

08:21Nick Tandy was fastest in both of the practice sessions yesterday in the Trackspeed Porsche he shares with David Ashburn

08:19Ready for qualifying here amongst the sand dunes. Two 15 minute sessions, each setting the grid for one of the weekend’s 60-minute races.