Dan Baybutt Claims Pole in First Qualifying of the Year

A damp start to the day resulted in Dan Baybutt taking pole in the dying moments of Qualifying at Brands Hatch to give him and his JTR team the best possible chance of victory.

The air was dry, but a damp track meant it was similar conditions to yesterday Free Practice 1. The 20 minute session started with Ricky Collard being first out of the pits. He set the pace early on and improved on a few personal bests. Reducing his time from a 55.141 to a 53.936. Darius Karbaley spun at Clearways, he got going, but reported his transporter was not working.

There was some position changes at the top which saw Lando Norris and Colton Herta head a Carlin 1-2. Many others, including Matheus Leist who went top on a 52.171, improved as well but it was Norris who found himself on top with a drying track with 8 minutes to go.

James Pull and Dan Baybutt had already pitted for new tyres 5 minutes earlier, while Daniel Ticktum decided to pit in to move onto Slicks, shortly followed by Colton Herta. There were no major improvements towards the end of the session, but as the flag dropped it was Baybutt and Pull who had made large position gains to grab 1st and 3rd.

This ensured that Baybutt finished the session on top ahead of Norris, Pull, Leist and Ticktum.

Brands Hatch Qualifying Times

114Daniel BaybuttGBRJTR51.104s
231Lando NorrisGBRCarlin51.422s
315James PullGBRJTR51.608s
418Matheus LeistBRZDouble R Racing51.666s
527Daniel TicktumGBRFortec Motorsports51.865s
625Louise RichardsonGBRRichardson Racing51.887s
74Jack BarlowGBRMBM51.917s
865Enaam AhmedGBRArden51.934s
928Sennan FieldingGBRJHR Developments52.221s
1022Tarun ReddyINDDouble R Racing52.232s
1111Ricky CollardGBRArden52.254s
1217Gustavo MyasavaBRZDouble R Racing52.276s
1310Colton HertaUSACarlin52.486s
1446Rafael MartinsBRZSWB Motorsport52.566s
1559Josh SmithGBRFortec Motorsports52.578s
168Darius KarbaleyGBRFalcon Motorsport52.629s
1796Jack ButelGBRSWB Motorsport52.825s
1821Petru FlorescuROMCarlin53.531s
1919Sandy MitchellGBRArden54.712s
NS9Alexandra MarinescuROMFalcon MotorsportNo Time