Robertson Edges Out Pittard For Thruxton Pole


Charlie Robertson has taken his second consecutive pole position in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup, edging out David Pittard by just three thousandths of a second in qualifying at Thruxton.

In the morning sunshine in Hampshire, championship leader Robertson continued his early season momentum during the twenty minute session, having won two of the first six races in his debut Supercup season.

Tom Oliphant was the early pacesetter in the session, the Century Motorsport driver being full of confidence after winning the last race at Donington Park two weeks ago.

His best time of 1m 14.959s wouldn’t stay fastest throughout though, with Robertson putting his HHC Motorsport G55 GT4 top of the timesheets just before the halfway mark of the session.

Pittard briefly snatched provisional pole one lap later, but with Robertson running directly behind him on track, the advantage lasted mere seconds before Robertson regained the top spot.

Despite there being over eight minutes left of the session, his time of 1m 14.508s would not be bettered, securing Robertson pole position for the weekend’s opening race.

Pittard remained second, 0.003s behind, while Oliphant took third on the grid, despite spending the second half of the session sat in the pitlane to preserve tyres.

Carl Breeze took the same approach, and finished up fifth behind Andrew Watson, who was one of the late movers to rise from eighth to fourth.

Will Burns also gained places in the final minutes, finishing up sixth, 0.636s behind poleman Robertsonn. Jamie Orton and Pepe Massot will shared row four for the opening race, a result the latter will be disappointed with having targeting pole position.

Reigning Ginetta Junior champion Harry Woodhead and Luke Davenport completed the top ten ahead of Fergus Walkinshaw, Reece Somerfield and Dan Norris-Jones, while completing the grid is series newcomer Michael Munemann.

Full qualifying results can be found here: http://tsl-timing.com/toca/2014/141803g50.pdf