HHC Motorsport will start the first British GT race at Spa-Francorchamps tomorrow from Pole Position, after an incredible effort by William Tregurtha in the GT4 AM Qualifying session. His 2:32.907 time in the first 10-minute GT4 shootout in the Ardennes headlined a successful day of running for Ginettas GT4 customer teams.
“I’m really happy with that, I got a really clear run, and we hadn’t run with new tyres before, so I went into the lap a bit blind,” Tregurtha said. “It’s been really fun, especially around Spa which is a bit different. I didn’t expect to be that quick, I thought it would be closer at the top, but the car was prepared perfectly.”
Tregurtha’s best lap was 0.247 quicker than the rest of the field for the British Ginetta outfit, which finished fastest of the six G55s in both qualifying sessions.
Following the Pole time in GT4 AM Qualifying, Tregurtha’s teammate Stuart Middleton then reeled off a 2:33.269 to go sixth fastest in the PRO session, and second of the Silver Cup runners. It book-ended a great day for the team, in which it set top three times in both practice sessions prior to qualifying.
“I’m really happy with the performance,” added Middleton. “To start P1 and P6 for the two races is really good to work with. We couldn’t ask for much more, especially for me, in the PRO session to finish ahead of so many good drivers. On what would have been my fastest lap I got held up too, so who knows what we could have achieved if I’d have had a clear run that time.”
Elsewhere, the Lanan Racing’s GT4 championship-leading #51 G55 also qualified well, the team hoping to score valuable points and defend its position in the points tally heading into the final two rounds.
In GT4 AM Qualifying Alex Reed ended up fourth in class in the #51 car after a 2:34.011, which initially put him provisional Pole in the first flurry of times, before David Pittard climbed aboard and set a respectable 2:33.801 to put the team ninth on the grid for Race 2.
Another two standout performances to break into the top 10 came from Matt Chapman and Mike Simpson. Chapman steered the #63 Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing’s #63 G55 seventh for Race 1 with a 2:35.042 and Ginetta Factory Driver Simpson slotted in eighth in PRO qualifying in the #111 Century Motorsport machine to give himself and teammate Anna Walewska a competitive spot for Race 2.
Race 1 at the world-famous 7-km Spa-Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium – the host of the British GT Championship’s 2017 away trip – is set to start at 9:20am tomorrow, before Race 2 at 13:00pm local time.