Honours were even between George Gamble and Dennis Strandberg after the qualifying session for the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Brands Hatch.
The grid of G40s and G20s had the task of taking the morning moisture off the surface of the Kent track’s Grand Prix track, the ever changing conditions providing a mixed up running order in the opening laps of the session. Among those who held provisional pole during the early portion of the 20 minute session was G20 runner Stuart Pearson, though he was pushed back as those in the faster G40 models found the same grip around the 2.4 track.
Callum Pointon and Rob Gaffney each took a turn at the top of the times as the benchmark fell from 1:46 towards the 1:41 bracket where the pole positions were ultimately decided.
As the session crossed the half way mark the series’ regular front runners arrived at the sharp end of the field, George Gamble holding the fastest time ahead of Strandberg and Ollie Chadwick. With improvements over successive laps Gamble edged clear, moving his best time down to 1:42.045.
That effort, however, was bettered by Strandberg. The Swede had very briefly held the provisional pole earlier in the session, though on that occasion he was quickly demoted back into the pack after his time was deleted for exceeding the track limits. His 1:41.550 held the top spot into the final few minutes but Gamble found over a second of extra pace, leapfrogging back to the top spot in his TCR run G40, with a lap of 1:40.900.
Strandberg had only one left to try and wrestle back the top time, and though he was the fastest of anyone through the first part of the lap he fell short of Gamble’s time as he only improved to a 1:41.362. His improvement as he passed beneath the checkered flag did however, secure him the pole position for the second race of the weekend where the grid is based on the second fastest times of the session.
Gamble will start second race – scheduled for Sunday lunchtime – from the outside of the front row. Ollie Chadwick and Gary Simms will share the second row for both races, starting third and fourth respectively for the first race of the weekend before the positions are reversed for Sunday’s run out.
Pointon and Frederick Mortensen will start fifth and sixth for both races.
Pearson won both poles in the G20 class, his best time of the session a 1:44.964 securing him 15th overall for the first race nearly six tenths faster than Alex Preston. Brian Murphy will start second in class for race two, with Preston third. Honours