Andrew Watson has taken the first pole position of the 2014 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup qualifying, after edging a close session in the sunshine at Brands Hatch.
Watson, who the fastest in pre-event testing on Friday, set the fastest time of 47.744 seconds around the Indy circuit to take pole from Pepe Massot, Jamie Orton and Harry Woodhead.
It was Woodhead and his predecessor as the Ginetta Junior champion Charlie Robertson who were the early pace-setters in the twenty minute session, however Watson had burst to the front by the time a red flag came out with eleven minutes to go, caused by a problem for James Owen at Clearways.
Douglas Motorsport team-mates Watson and Woodhead, who had ended Friday testing one-two, were straight back on the pace when the session restarted, trading new fastest laps between them.
Watson set the quickest, while JHR Developments’ Massot came to the fore and grabbed second from Woodhead, with the top three soon all pitting and ending their sessions with a few minutes remaining.
While the top two didn’t change, meaning former Ginetta Junior rivals Watson and Massot will share the front row for Round One this afternoon at 15:10, Century Motorsport’s Jamie Orton benefitted to grab third late on.
Woodhead slipped to fourth, just ahead of Robertson and Carl Boardley, those three separated by them six thousandths of a second. David Pittard went seventh quickest in his first Supercup qualifying session, with Tom Oliphant next up, the top eight separated by just 0.354s.
Josh Wakefield and Carl Breeze completed the top ten, the latter finishing just 0.070s clear of his new United Autosports team-mate Luke Davenport.
In a frustrating session for Academy Motorsport, Will Burns and Sean Huyton were left twelfth and fourteenth on the grid, split by Reece Somerfield. Dan Norris-Jones and the unfortunate Owen complete the grid for the opening race.