A superb lap in qualifying proved to be the high point of Tim Bridgman's Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Rockingham.
Bridgman, once more in action for the Trackspeed squad with co-driver Gregor Fisken took the no.2 Porsche for the second 15 minute session.
Following a predetermined plan Bridgman had only three laps to set the best time possible before returning to pits to preserve the car and tyres for the races. This plan worked perfectly, Bridgman needing just a single flying lap to put the Porsche on pole with a time that his rivals were unable to match during the remainder of the session, the best still coming up three tenths of a second short of Bridgman's marker.
Fisken had earlier put the car on the second row of the grid of the first race, the pair chasing their second win of the season.
“Our car can be a bit sensitive when the track is still green but essentially it was great out of the box at Rockingham,” said Bridgman. “Once the rubber went down in practice we were able to really push so I was confident going into qualifying, especially after Gregor had gone third fastest in the first session. My first lap was probably the only time so far this season that I've had a clear track in qualifying and fortunately I was able to exploit that, as the next two were compromised. Set-up wise the team did a great job.”
However, their weekend was brought to a disappointing end on Sunday morning when the car ground to halt with Bridgman at the wheel in the closing moments of the ten minute warm-up.
The problem was quickly diagnosed as a terminal engine problem, forcing Bridgman and Fisken to miss both the hour long races on the Northamptonshire roval.
Bridgman added; “Naturally we're both very disappointed because the pace was clearly there to score a couple of big results which would have got us right amongst the championship battle. But that's racing sometimes and at least we can go to Donington later this month knowing that the car is in good shape. Now it's just a case of finishing the season on a high and making up for the frustration here.”