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BGTC: Castle Combe qualifying notes

Jordan and Pearce share GT pole position honours at Combe Mike Jordan and Patrick Pearce took a pole position each for the two British GT Championship races at Castle Combe this weekend (June 19/20). The little Lotus Elise of Gavin Kershaw and...

Jordan and Pearce share GT pole position honours at Combe

Mike Jordan and Patrick Pearce took a pole position each for the two British GT Championship races at Castle Combe this weekend (June 19/20). The little Lotus Elise of Gavin Kershaw and Barrie Whight took the place in both races in the Dailysportscar.com Cup Class.

A brief rain shower meant that all of the N-GT class cars took it easy in the opening laps of the first session. This allowed the lighter Cup Class cars to take the lead and Kershaw stunned the field by putting the Lotus onto overall pole with just six minutes of the session left on the clock.

A red-flag after an accident for the Rollcentre Racing Noble M12 GTO 3R of Fanny Duchateau meant that the circuit dried and the N-GT class cars were able to go for a quicker time in the closing minutes of the session.

Jordan traded times with team-mate Godfrey Jones and the JW Racing Porsches locked out the front row, from GruppeM driver Jonathan Cocker. Alan Bonner blasted the Ultima GT into fourth place after a spin early in the session.

Kershaw's lap-time was still quick enough to give him fifth overall and Cup class pole, just ahead of the Mosler MT900R of Richard Stanton. The Scuderia Ecosse Ferraris both struggled in the first session. Chris Niarchos could only manage seventh fastest while the sister car of Nathan Kinch spun and lost its rear wing, ending the session 21st.

Phil Hindley took second in the cup class, in front of Chris Beighton in the Team Tiger Marcos Mantis.

In the second session Patrick Pearce put in an early lap in the Mosler to snatch pole position. Tim Mullen managed to take second place, just ahead of the Porsche of Tim Sugden.

Mark Sumpter was unable to match team-mate Mike Jordan's pace and had to settle for fifth place while the second JW Racing N-GT car of David Jones was one place further back in sixth. The RSR TVR T400R, driven by Nigel Greensall, lines up in fourth place for tomorrow's race.

Barrie Whight kept the Lotus Elise in pole position in the Cup class. Aaron Scott managed to put the Morgan Aero 8 into second place. The star of cup class qualifying though was Dan Eagling, who put the Vauxhall VX220 third in only its third race.

British GT Championship -- Round seven:

Qualifying -- Round Seven
1 Jordan/Sumpter Porsche 911GT3-RS 1m06.019s
2 Jones/Jones Porsche 911GT3-RS 1m06.784s
3 Cocker/Sugden Porsche 911GT3-RSR 1m07.604s
4 Brady/Bonner Ultima GTR 1m08.125s
5 Kershaw/Whight Lotus Sport Elise 1m08.422s
6 Stanton/Pearce Mosler MT900R 1m09.614s

Qualifying -- Round Eight
1 Stanton/Pearce 1m06.153s
2 Niarchos/Mullen Ferrari 360 GT 1m06.372s
3 Sugden/Cocker 1m06.423s
4 Coleman/Greensall 1m06.604s
5 Jordan/Sumpter 1m06.799s
6 Jones/Jones 1m07.007s

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Series GT
Drivers Aaron Scott , Richard Stanton , Patrick Pearce , Tim Sugden , Chris Beighton , Fanny Duchateau , Tim Mullen , Jonathan Cocker , Dan Eagling , Mark Sumpter , Phil Hindley , Barrie Whight , David Jones , Godfrey Jones , Alan Bonner , Mike Jordan