Four In A Row For Oliphant With Rockingham Pole


Tom Oliphant has become only the second driver in Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup history to take four consecutive pole positions, after once again topping the timesheets in qualifying at Rockingham.

The result means the championship leader is now just one shy of reigning champion Charlie Robertson’s run of five consecutive pole positions last season, and two adrift of Robertson’s record of six poles in a season.

Oliphant’s best effort of 1m 21.529s beat Robertson’s Rockingham pole time from twelve months ago by nearly two tenths of a second, though he only edged out Carl Breeze for pole by the narrowest of margins.

Breeze’s best of 1m 21.595s was only six hundredths of a second shy of pole, with the 2012 champion heading his HHC Motorsport team-mates Will Burns and Jamie Orton – the trio split by three tenths of a second.

Best of the rest was Tom Wrigley, the two-time race-winner this season edging out Bradley Smith by just four hundredths of a second for fifth, with Ollie Jackson, Michael Caine and Reece Somerfield completing the Pro class runners.

In the AM category, Connaire Finn took the class pole position on his return to the championship with a best effort of 1m 24.358s, with Fraser Robertson beating fellow class regular Osamu Kawashima by half a second for second in class.

Full qualifying results can be found here.