Burns Takes Crucial Maiden Pole As Wrigley Struggles

by Simon Paice

Will Burns has kicked off the 2016 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup season finale in perfect style with his maiden series pole position at Brands Hatch GP.

As Burns topped the timesheets by a whole second, his championship rival Tom Wrigley was unable to match that pace and ended up a season low of tenth fastest.

With the Supercup runners being first on track this morning they were greeted by a damp circuit, with Jamie Orton and Mark Davies getting caught out early on with trips across the grass.

Undeterred by the conditions was Burns however, with the Douglas Motorsport ace storming to a best effort of 1m 40.716s to lead the way throughout the session.

With Orton and Wrigley biding their time before entering the session for some serious efforts, it was Jack Mitchell, Davies and Ben Green who were in contention for the front row early on.

Orton was able to make his presence felt towards the front, but could only muster fifth fastest in the end to join Wrigley in posting his lowest qualifying result of the campaign.

That was despite finishing up only two tenths of a second shy of a top two berth, with Mitchell heading the close pack to take a front row start on only his second Supercup weekend.

Hot on his heels were Davies and Carl Boardley, the former qualifying in the top three for the second time this season, while completing the top six behind Orton was Tom Hibbert.

Strong efforts for series debutants Jack Bartholomew and Jamie Stanley secured them seventh and eighth respectively, with Green slipping to ninth in the end after promising more early on.

Rob Gaffney, Callum Pointon and Reece Somerfield completed the Pro class runners, while Colin White took the AM pole ahead of David Brooks, Chris Ingram, Fraser Robertson and Grahame Tilley.

Full session results can be found here.

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