After an almost faultless weekend at Brands Hatch, Ollie Chadwick was quick to prove that he’d lost none of speed as the Ginetta GT5 Challenge landed in Thruxton with the Pro and Am category on display. Chadwick’s time of 1m23.572s was an outstanding 0.965 seconds quicker than second place Matt Chapman.
Chadwick was the first driver to show his hand as the session got underway, setting a lap 2 seconds quicker than provisional pole sitter Nick Zapolski. The rest of the field found their form in the opening few minutes as the drivers evolved into a natural order.
As the times settled down, Chapman found himself as the only driver to get within a second of Chadwick, who decided to pit early, knowing that he was not under threat. He was joined a few minutes later by the drivers who were sitting behind him on the time sheets; including Chapman and the Hadfield brothers.
One driver who was clearly struggling was Matt Palmer. Despite sitting third in the championship, he struggled to trouble the top eight, spinning at the first chicane, he lines up in eleventh. He wasn’t the only one to spin though, as a number of the midfield drivers failed to control the car during some areas.
Despite sitting out the majority of the session, Chadwick remained on top of the time sheets with only a few drivers improving in the latter half of the session. He ended up completing fewer laps than anybody, but continues his dominance from Brands Hatch.
Chapman was content with second and said that the start would be vital if he was to take the fight to Chadwick. The second row meanwhile, was filled with the Hadfields, Ryan only two hundredths of a second quicker than his brother Jonathan.
Surprisingly, Zapolski managed to set the exact same time as Jonathan, with the #14 of Zapolski settling for fifth as he set his time second. He’ll be joined on the third row by the top Am driver Ian Robinson.
Robinson proved to be untouchable in the Am standings, with Mark Davenport‘s #43 managing no higher than fourteenth overall. This could mean an easy weekend for Robinson who may just need to maintain his speed to comfortably win later today.