Chadwick Takes Pole in Red Flag Interrupted Qualifying


Another faultless qualifying session from Ollie Chadwick saw him take Ginetta GT5 Challenge‘s pole position around Croft. The Xentek Motorsport driver was lucky to maintain his lead after a late red flag halted the opposition.

As the session got underway, the Got Boost trio were the first on track, with the twenty-three Pro and Am class drivers rumbling into life around the Yorkshire countryside.

It was Jack Minshaw who took the advantage as the field battled for free space. Though his time at the top didn’t last long as Chadwick soon found himself in his natural first position for this season. Issues for Jose Antonio Ledesma saw him spin as he struggled to initially get use to the conditions.

Back at the top, it was Jonathan Hadfield who moved up to second, pushing his team-mate down to fourth with Ian Robinson in third after a strong start to the session for the Am driver.

With seven minutes to run, Tom Hibbert pitted. A late entry to the weekend, he proved himself to be competitive in the early stages, eventually finishing seventh. J Hadfield soon joined him in the pit, before going out for a final glory run.

Chadwick chose not to contest the final few minutes, which turned out to be an inspired decision as the session was red flagged leaving him on pole with a time of 1min 32.418. He was joined by J Hadfield on the front row with Robinson behind.

The red flag had been caused by Brayden Fletcher, who will be disappointed by his grid position going into the weekend. With two minutes to go the session was restarted, but almost no-one had enough time to improve.

The exception was Ryan Hadfield who jumped to third overall pushing Robinson to fourth. Behind them Minshaw lines up alongside sixth place Andrew Richardson.