> Lamborghini and Audi launch British GT showpiece in the lead
> Qualifying results: combined GT3 | GT4 combined
Barwell’s Lamborghini and Steller’s Audi took the respective GT3 and GT4 pole positions for Sunday’s Silverstone 500 after Sandy Mitchell and Sennan Fielding set new Intelligent Money British Championship lap records in qualifying this after -noon.
The cars they share with Adam Balon and Richard Williams recorded the fastest combined and individual times to find themselves comfortably clear of their closest rivals in the overall and class classification.
Redline’s Alex Malykhin dominated the GT3 Am session to help the Lamborghini he shares with James Dorlin start on the front row and secure the Silver-Am pole. They were 0.7s behind Barwell’s similar Huracan and just 0.003s ahead of 2 Seas’ Mercedes-AMG with James Cottingham and Lewis Williamson.
GT4 was all about Steller whose Audi dominated both sessions. Marco Signoretti and Matt Cowley both set the second fastest times in their respective races to leave the Academy’s Ford Mustang in first place and ahead of R Racing’s Aston Martin shared by Josh Miller and Jamie Day.
Further on, the Pro-Am pole went to Matt Topham and Darren Turner of Newbridge.
GT3: THE MASTERCLASS BAGS BY MITCHELL BARWELL POLE
A new qualifying lap record and 0.7 seconds faster than anyone else: Today was a good day for Sandy Mitchell whose dominant performance in the Pro session helped Barwell and Adam Balon claim a comfortable pole position for tomorrow’s three-hour race.
The tight Am segment, in which three tenths covered the top five, suggested that the top spot would be secured by a nice margin. Indeed, the opening skirmish would have been even tighter had it not been for Alex Malykhin propelling Redline’s Lamborghini into provisional P1 at halftime.
His late flyer was 0.137s quicker than Kevin Tse (Sky Tempesta Racing) who had previously knocked down the similar 2 Seas Motorsport Mercedes-AMG driven by James Cottingham.
Balon was only a thousandth further in fourth but, crucially, a more than manageable 0.165s from first – nowhere near enough, in fact, to negate his fiery co-driver who had previously set a blistering pace. in final practice.
But that was nothing compared to the 1m56.765s he unleashed at the start of Q2, which effectively ended qualifying as a contest. The time was four tenths below Phil Keen’s previous qualifying benchmark and 0.7 seconds quicker than the next session best time set by Jonny Adam.
Instead, attention turned to who would join Barwell in the front row, with Williamson needing to beat Dorlin by 0.164 seconds to move 2 Seas ahead of Redline. But the Scot lost 0.003 seconds despite recording the fourth fastest time in Q2.
Sam and Richard Neary posted the fifth and sixth fastest laps of their respective Pro and Am sessions to finish second row and line up ahead of RAM Racing’s Ian Loggie and Callum Macleod.
Optimum’s Nick Moss and Joe Osborne were extremely consistent en route to sixth overall in the best of McLarens, while Sky Tempesta’s Mercedes-AMG slipped to seventh in the final tally. The Assetto Bentley shared by Mark Sansom and Will Tregurtha finished the fourth row.
Adam’s second-fastest time in the Pro session saw 2 Seas’ other Mercedes-AMG qualify ninth despite Flick Haigh’s Q1 spin. The top 10 was completed by guest McLaren from Garage 59, and Jamie Caroline moved RAM’s Mercedes-AMG up to 11th place after finishing third fastest of all.
Elsewhere, Team Parker’s Porsche was unable to qualify after suffering a gearbox problem in practice, but is set to race on Sunday.
GT4: WILLIAMS AND FIELDING TOO HOT TO HANDLE
Richard Williams and Sennan Fielding proved their free practice pace was no fluke after each driver passed their respective qualifying segments to seal a commanding pole position for Sunday’s Silverstone 500.
Steller’s Audi is quickly gaining a reputation for its qualifying prowess after securing a second pole position in the three rounds contested so far, while its Silver Cup crew have yet to line up below second this season.
At Silverstone, the pair continued their solid form, with Williams setting the tone by dipping under the existing GT4 qualifying lap record in the opening segment, before Fielding smashed it to give the R8 LMS a combined margin of 1. .4s on anyone else.
The opening session actually looked like a close affair with Josh Miller (R Racing Aston Martin) and Marco Signoretti (Academy Motorsport Ford Mustang) swapping first place before Williams pumped in 2m09.7s to take two tenths off GT4 qualifying. by Scott Malvern. record from 2020.
Williams’ effort put the Audi 0.7 seconds behind Signoretti and left Steller’s rivals with a daunting task to overcome. But any chance of doing so was quickly removed by Fielding who again lowered GT4’s benchmark to 2m09.1s.
Matt Cowley relied on Signoretti’s efforts to secure second place for the Mustang, narrowly fending off Aston Martin Miller/Jamie Day. Ross Wylie and Matthew Graham will start fourth, helped by Graham setting the third fastest lap of the session which propelled Valluga’s Porsche to second.
Jack Brown and reigning GT4 champion Will Burns will start fifth in the #90 Century Motorsport BMW M4 ahead of Pro-Am class pole-sitters Matt Topham and Darren Turner (Newbridge Motorsport Aston Martin).
Tom Rawlings and Chris Salkeld will start seventh in Century’s other BMW, while the Assetto Motorsport Ginetta G56 will take eighth. This was helped by a strong Q1 performance from Freddie Tomlinson, who put the car up to fourth in the times before Joe Wheeler backed up the strong run to secure the best starting position of the season so far. .
The Silverstone 500 turns green at 11.30am BST tomorrow. Watch it live on SRO’s GT World YouTube channel, Sky Sports F1, The Race and Motorsport TV from 11.10am.