Pittard Steals The Spotlight With Brands GP Pole


David Pittard has followed up his dominant weekend at Silverstone last time out with the final Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup pole position of the season in qualifying at Brands Hatch GP.

Pittard followed up pole position at Silverstone with two wins and two fastest laps, and carried that momentum into qualifying at a damp and overcast Brands.

Joining the track a couple of laps later than the majority of the field, Pittard instantly stormed to the top of the times with a lap of 1m 40.280s that none of his rivals would be able to better – the SV Racing ace surviving a late off track moment at Surtees en-route to the top spot.

“I was confident of going out there and banging the time in early. We knew the track was going to get greasy and slower, so we didn’t want to leave it too late to come out,” Pittard told TCF.

“The team have done a mega job, the car was great, and we’ve put ourselves in the perfect position for the races.”

Tom Oliphant sat second with eight minutes to go when the session was briefly red flagged to allow for the retrieval of Steve Wrigley’s G55, the newcomer beaching his car in the gravel trap at Druids.

After the restart, many drivers at the head of the field were unable to improve their times. The only two drivers who could were Andrew Watson and Jamie Orton, and they were able to usurp Oliphant to take second and third respectively, the top three separated by 0.489 seconds at the finish.

Oliphant ended up fourth, just 0.026s shy of Orton, with championship contenders Carl Breeze and Charlie Robertson in close pursuit. Breeze piped the championship leader to fifth by three tenths of a second, reducing Robertson’s chances of wrapping up the title in the opening race.

A strong late lap gave Will Burns seventh by 0.019s from Carl Boardley, with Declan Jones an impressive ninth on his return to the series after two years away. Dennis Strandberg completed the top ten on his second appearance this season, with Wrigley taking eleventh despite his off.

Luke Davenport was a frustrated twelfth ahead of Fergus Walkinshaw, Tom Howard and Reece Somerfield, with Paul McNeilly topping the ‘AM class’ in sixteenth overall, his class rivals Steve Fresle and Fraser Robertson completing the grid behind Dan Norris-Jones.

The opening race of the weekend takes place at 15.00 this afternoon, with race two, the grid for which is based on the race one finishing positions, following soon after at 17.30.

Full qualifying results can be found here.