Macmillan’s Mitchell and Littlejohn storm to Silverstone pole


Jack Mitchell and James Littlejohn powered to Silverstone pole. (Credit: Craig Robertson/RacePhotography.net)

Jack Mitchell and James Littlejohn claimed GT3 pole in the #24 Macmillan AMR Aston Martin Vantage, whilst Stuart Middleton and Will Tregurtha in the #55 HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55 sealed top spot in GT4.

The impressive qualifying performance from Mitchell and Littlejohn means it’s poles in consecutive events for the Macmillan duo, after the pairing started at the front in race one at Snetterton last time out.

Qualifying began with the first 10 minute GT3 session, as Littlejohn in the Macmillan Aston Martin stormed to top spot by 1.1 seconds from the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 of Rick Parfitt.

Parfitt’s lap time narrowly beat that of fellow Team Parker Racing driver Ian Loggie in the #7 Bentley, who sealed third ahead of Snetterton race two winner Derek Johnston in the #1 TF Sport Aston Martin. GT3 Championship leader Jon Minshaw could only manage fifth fastest in the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan as the first session drew to a close.

The GT3 Pro drivers then emerged for qualifying session two, with Adam Christodoulou replicating his impressive practice pace by claiming provisional pole for the #88 Team ABBA with Rollcentre Racing Mercedes.

Adam Christodoulou made a strong start to life in the British GT.
(Credit: Craig Robertson/RacePhotography.net)

Moments later the order changed entirely, with Seb Morris firing his Team Parker Racing Bentley to provisional pole with a total time combined alongside teammate Parfitt of 4:03:665.

Macmillan AMR’s Mitchell complemented partner Littlejohn’s fastest time in session one with a blazing time of his own. Mitchell reclaimed top spot for the #24 Macmillan Aston Martin with a combined time one tenth faster than Morris and Parfitt in the #31 Bentley – a second pole in consecutive weekends for the British pairing.

The first GT4 session saw the invitational entry of Gavan Kershaw in the #99 Stratton Motorsport Lotus Evora emphatically take the quickest time – 1.1 seconds ahead of GT4 championship leading Middleton in the #55 HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55. Nonetheless, Middleton still held onto provisional pole as the fastest of the GT4-eligible drivers despite being second on the timesheets.

Black Bull Garage 59‘s Ciaran Haggerty in the McLaren 570s finished third fastest a further half a second behind Middleton, whilst GT4 FP1 table-topper James Fletcher nabbed fourth in the GPRM Toyota GT86 invitational entry.

A fourth and final qualifying session saw the GT4 Pro drivers battle for pole, with Jan Jonck in the #42 Macmillan AMR Aston Martin GT4 making it a provisional Macmillan pole double, grabbing the fastest session time by 1.5 seconds.

Macmillan’s chances of a qualifying clean sweep were shattered however when Tregurtha elevated the HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55 to the front of the field.

Tregurtha and Middleton’s combined pole time of 4:26:554 wasn’t the fastest time overall in the two GT4 sessions though, with the invitational Stratton Motorsport Lotus Evora entry of Stuart Hall and Kershaw 2.2 seconds faster than the first GT4-eligible car.

Stuart Middleton and Will Tregurtha sealed GT4 pole at Silverstone. (Credit: Craig Robertson/RacePhotography.net)