Chapman takes Surprise Pole, Chadwick in Second


Matt Chapman  took pole position in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge around Spa-Francorchamps. The TCR driver dominated the opposition, pulling out a large gap to the pack behind.

The delayed twenty-minute session eventually got started with the majority of the cars fed out of pit lane. Though the track was filled with GT5 and GRDC+ machines, the 4.3 mile circuit more than adequately gave them the room to fight.

Ollie Chadwick came into the weekend knowing that all he needed was to beat Ryan Hadfield on Friday in order to clinch the title. Despite this, he didn’t immediately jump to the fore as Chapman lead the field by over two seconds with his first attempt.

It proved to be the benchmark for the first half of the session, with Chadwick only able to close to a second of the leader, it soon became clear that Chapman had the pace to take pole.

Jonny Hadfield soon made the most of his machinery going third as his sibling team-mate Ryan finally caught up running just behind. As the flag fell, Chapman remained on top with a time of 2:48.456.

Joining him on the front row will be Chadwick as the Hadfield pair fill the second row, Jonny in front of Ryan. An impressive run by one-off entry Mohammed Elsminy saw him line up fifth, with Ian Robinson the highest placed Am runner in sixth.

In GRDC+ Adrian Campbell-Smith took pole. He’ll qualify only one place behind Mark Davenport who ended his session in a cloud of smoke as his engine gave way midway through qualifying.