The three Trackspeed run Porsches will start the three hour Avon Tyres British GT Championship race at Silverstone from second, third and fourth.
The team have taken victory in all three of the British GT races so far this season, with each of their teams taking a single win so far this year. On the grid the team will be led by second race winners, and current championship leaders Nick Tandy and David Ashburn in the polka-dot liveried #31 car. With a best lap of 2:02.732 set by Porsche works driver Tandy he will share the front row of the grid with the Ecurie Ecosse BMW put on pole by Olly Bryant with a lap 0.132 seconds quicker than Tandy’s.
“I’m very pleased with that.” said Tandy. “I’m quite surprised to be in front of one of the BMWs, because they look very quick around here. We made a change in between the two runs in qualifying and it made a big difference. The track temperature was very different, which made the car handle a little differently and we got caught out on the first run, but we made a good change, and now we’re front row.”
The #32 team of Richard Westbrook and Gregor Fisken – winners in the latest race at Rockingham and Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw’s #33 – will share the second two. The pair qualified just a hundredth apart with all three of the team’s cars covered by less than a tenth around the 3.66mile Grand Prix track at the Northants venue.
“We’re not quite there yet over one lap for qualifying, but it’s a long race,” admitted Westbrook. “We’ve really worked on a good race car like we did at Rockingham. We’re following the same procedure, it worked for us at Rockingham and hopefully it’ll work for us here. My team-mate is on form at the moment and we just want to maximise our points.”
Westbrook and Keen both held provisional pole early in the session, Keen holding the top spot for a large chunk of the 45 minute session as the lower graded drivers took the bulk of the track time available.