British GT: Littlejohn/Mitchell Secure GT3 Pole

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James Littlejohn and Jack Mitchell secured pole position for Sunday’s 3-hour race at Silverstone for the Macmillan AMR team. The duo outpaced Team Parker Racing’s Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris by a combined total of 0.092 seconds.

In GT4 HHC Motorsport’s Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton topped the times by a combined three tenth gap over Black Bull Garage 59’s Sandy Mitchell and Ciaran Haggerty.

The two part qualifying session delivered a tight battle for the outright pole position. The position was ultimately decided by less than a tenth of a second at Silverstone.

Macmillan AMR’s Jack Mitchell took the team’s maiden pole position at Snetterton two weeks ago. This time it was his co-driver James Littlejohn who tackled the first ten minute session, he delivered the best time to initially give them a 1.1 second lead over the Team Parker duo.

Macmillan AMR’s V12 Vantage is balanced with weight due to the pair being a Silver Cup pairing to match the Pro/Am pairings. Mitchell started the second part of the qualifying session badly as he dropped behind Morris. However he was not finished and went on to improve his time on the next lap to take pole by less than a tenth of a second.

Spirit of Race’s Duncan Cameron finished the Am session in seventh but will start the race from third after co-driver Matt Griffin put in a stunning effort in the Ferrari 448. The duo were 0.644 seconds of a second off of pole position but 0.022 seconds quicker then Barwell Motorsport’s Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen. Barwell’s championship leading Lamborghini rounds out the second row of the grid.

Team Parker Racings’s Ian Loggie and Callum Macleod slipped from third in the first session to fifth in the results of both after they suffered an intermittent loss of power. Adam Christodoulou set the fastest individual time of a 2:00.313. This helped Team ABBA with Rollcentre Racing and teammate Richard Neary take their best ever qualifying result in GT3. The duo are joined by Martin Short, who will make his final British GT appearance in the race tomorrow.

Both of the TF Sport Aston Martins looked to be struggling, Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam will start from seventh with the sister car in the hands of Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes starting ninth. Eight place will be Barwell Motorsport’s Liam Griffin and Sam Tordoff.

Century Motorsport’s GT3 Ginetta G55 finished the sessions in tenth ahead of AmDTuning.com’s Mercedes AMG in eleventh.

In the GT4 HHC’s Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton proved they are the ones to beat by taking pole position ahead of Sandy Mitchell and Ciaran Haggerty. Consistency proved to be key rather than outright speed of the HHC duo that saw them come out on top. Middleton proved his authority by going 0.5 seconds faster than Haggerty.  Tregurtha lost his battle with Mitchell but still managed to lap sufficiently quicker to seal pole position.

William Phillips ended the first session fourth fastest before handing the Aston Martin to co driver Jan Jonck. The patters rapid lap time helped to jump them up into third in the results.

UltraTek/RJN and Nissan celebrated their best qualifying result of the year with Kelvin Fletcher, who went fifth in the first session and co driver Struan Moore. Adam Avalon and Adam Mackay continued their consistent run to finish the session in fifth for the Track-Club.

All three of the crews were able to benefit from David Pittard and Alex Reed struggling during the sessions aboard the Lanan Racing Ginetta. They dropped from third to sixth by the time the results were complete. Tolman Motorsport’s David Pattison and Joe Osborne finished in seventh ahead of Black Bull Garage 59’s Akhil Rabindra and Deano Macdonald.

Two invitation class cars which aren’t running to GT4 specifications contested both sessions. Stratton Motorsport’s Lotus Evora starts ahead of the GT4 class cars with the stunning combination of Gavin Kershaw and Stuart Hall. GPMR’s Toyota GT86 will line up just behind HHC’s pole sitting Ginetta.

Sunday’s 3-hour Silverstone 500 gets underway at 13:35 and can be seen live on Front Runner TV and on British GT’s Facebook page.

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