Justin Sherwood made a great start to his weekend as he took a perfect double pole position at his home Circuit this weekend as the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge GB headed to Donington Park.
Despite being Sherwood’s home track it was the first time he had raced there for nine years. The weekend got off to the perfect start for the local driver when he took pole position for both races after a close qualifying session. It wasn’t all about Sherwood in qualifying though as championship leader James Birch headed the time sheets in the opening stages, an unfortunate gear linkage problem would mean he could only complete three laps before having to head back to the pits.
Steven Liquorish would up the pace at the half way point until the session moved in to the closing stages and with three minutes remaining Sherwood blasted his way to the top of the field with a lap of 1m10.433s.
“Fantastic, it’s nice to be back at Donington, even though I only live a couple of miles away it is 2003 since I last raced here,” said Sherwood. “It’s a fantastic circuit and the car really stretches its legs round the quick part of the track. Team Parker set the car up beautifully and I’m pleased with that.”
Simon Blanckley managed second fastest, just 0.116 seconds slower than Sherwood but enough to push Liquorish back to third place. “I’m happy, the lads gave me a good car, it should be a good race, it’s very close at the front,” said Blanckley.
Liquorish finished the session in third but felt things could have been better if it hadn’t been for a small mistake on his flying lap. “Out of the chicane I just lit it up a little bit too much but the encouraging thing is it’s the quickest I’ve been so we’re going in the right direction,” he said
Pete Smallwood took fourth place ahead of John Ferguson, championship leader Birch was left to settle for a disappointing sixth place.