GT Cup leader Jordan Witt takes dominate pole at a damp Silverstone

by Adam Arbon

GT Cup Championship leader Jordan Witt dominated qualifying to take pole for round 18 at a wet Silverstone track. Driving the Bentley Continental GT3, Witt finished nearly three seconds ahead of his nearest rival Mike Wilds and Anthony Wilds in the GTC class Ferrari 458 challenge.

Witt leads the overall championship by 3 points, with Tom and James Webb close behind in the BMW M3 E46 GTR. The Webbs could only manage sixth on the grid for the race this afternoon but with changeable conditions anything can happen.

The terrible conditions really pushed the drivers to the limit, qualifying was surprisingly uneventful bar a safety car near the end of qualifying which halted proceedings.

John Dhillon and Aaron Scott finished within a second of Tom and James Webb in third place, Dhillon and Scott drove the GTO class Ferrari 458 GT3 in terrible conditions but managed to complete a superb lap.

Graham Davidson in the GTO class McLaren MP412C secured an impressive fourth place on the grid albeit over four and a half seconds off the ultimate pace of Witt.

Nigel Armstrong and Jamie Dawson qualified fifth in the GTB class Porsche 997 GT3 Cup, which could bring an exciting battle between them and Team Webb for best of the rest behind the top four.

Pete Littler qualified ahead of Ian Goodchild and Rob Gaffeny in sixth and seventh respectively, Littler drove the beautiful Aston Martin GT3 while Goodchild/Gaffeny pushed the Ginetta G55 GT4 to the maximum to qualify seventh.

Unsurprisingly the GTO class dominated the top four place bar the Wilds brothers in the Ferrari, but GTC class leader Paul Bailey and Andy Schulz qualified ninth in the Ferrari 458 Challenge.

GTA leaders Esmee Hawkey and James Birch rounded out the top ten in the Porsche Cayman GT4, but could be under threat from Andrew Baker in the Porsche 997 GT3 Cup who was only three tenths behind in qualifying.

With such unpredictable weather conditions, the first race could be filled with wheel to wheel battles all down the field, but if everything is straight forward then Jordan Witt could begin to extend his lead in the Championship.

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