Orton Leads HHC One-Two-Three In Brands Qualifying


Jamie Orton led a HHC Motorsport lock-out of the top three spots in qualifying for the opening round of the 2015 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup.

In damp conditions, a seventeen car grid took to the Brands Hatch Indy circuit for the first qualifying of the season, with the reigning champions HHC the clear leaders of the pack.

Orton, a podium-finisher at the circuit twelve months ago, set the best time of 54.047s to edge out team-mate Will Burns by 0.156s for his second career Supercup pole, with 2012 champion Carl Breeze a further half a second adrift.

Tom Oliphant was best of the rest for Century Motorsport in fourth, with his new team-mate Ollie Jackson close behind in sixth behind fellow Supercup debutant Bradley Smith.

Ginetta stalwart Colin White, a late entry for the weekend, took the AM class pole in seventh ahead of Reece Somerfield, Tom Wrigley and Jack Clarke.

The latter was one of three drivers to cause an early red flag to the session, Clarke finishing in the Paddock Hill gravel trap, fellow newcomer Michael Caine in the Druids gravel and Fraser Robertson spinning into the pitwall.

Clarke was followed on the timesheets by his SV Racing team-mates Stephen Young and Mitchell Hale to complete the top twelve, with Robertson and Chris Ingram next to complete the AM class top three.

Reigning British GT vice-champion Caine meanwhile ended up a lowly fifteenth, with late newcomer Richard Roberts and Osamu Kawashima completing the runners.

Full qualifying timing can be found here.