A tricky British GT qualifying session on a wet but drying Brands Hatch circuit on Saturday saw the best of the Ginetta runners qualify third and fourth for Sunday’s two-hour race.
Making his British GT debut in the #43 Century Motorsport G55, Irishman Niall Murray was the star of the first part of the qualifying session, running on wet tyres and setting the fastest time of his group of drivers.
In the second segment, Murray's co-driver Jacob Mathiassen set a time on slicks that was good enough to put them P3 in the combined classification, meaning they'll line up on the second row of the grid for the race.
Behind the Century car, championship contenders Alex Reed and Dave Pittard qualified fourth in the #51 Lanan Racing Ginetta. The duo sit just 2.5 points off the current leaders, #55 HHC Ginetta drivers Stuart Middleton and Will Tregurtha, who qualified P6 in class for Sunday’s race.
Other Ginetta entries on the grid include the #89 Rob Boston Racing G55 of Jason Baker and Adam Gore in P9, the #111 Century car of works driver Mike Simpson and Anna Walewska in P12 and the two Autoaid/RCIB Insurance cars in P10 (#36, Benjamin Wallace/Adam Hatfield) and P16 (#63, Chris Milford/Matt Chapman).
In GT3, the #19 Century Motorsport entry of Tom Hibbert and Ben Tuck was unfortunately unable to take part in qualifying due to an accident in free practice, which put the car beyond immediate repair and regrettably led to the entry’s withdrawal from the Brands Hatch round entirely.