Championship leaders Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen will start Sunday’s two-hour British GT Brands Hatch race from pole position after posting the best combined time in Saturday’s qualifying session, which took place on a wet but drying track as the sun beat down after a sudden downpour.
Keen’s 1:34.946 and Minshaw’s 1:38.310 together were enough to put them ahead of second-place qualifiers Jack Mitchell and James Littlejohn in the #24 Macmillan AMR Aston Martin, which will line up alongside the Demon Tweeks Lamborghini on the front row.
Third and fourth went to the Jon Barnes/Mark Farmer #11 TF Sport Aston Martin and the Sam Tordoff/Liam Griffin #6 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini.
They were just ahead of Adam Christodoulou and Richard Neary, who qualified the Rollcentre/Abba Mercedes sixth, but will have to take a five-place drop on Sunday’s grid after a rules infringement earlier in practice.
GT4 pole went to Matt Nicoll-Jones and Will Moore in the Academy Motorsport Aston Martin. Like the majority of the quicker GT4 runners, they benefitted from a change to slicks during the session, but were one of the first to roll to dice and thus reaped the reward.
Second-quickest in GT4 was the Ciaran Haggerty/Sandy Mitchell #100 Black Bull McLaren, ahead of British GT debutant Niall Murray and his co-driver Jacob Mathiassen in the #43 Century Motorsport Ginetta.
Fourth on the grid was another Ginetta, the title-contending crew of Alex Reed and Dave Pittard in the #51 Lanan Racing G55, while points leaders Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton will line up sixth in the HHC Ginetta.
The #19 GT3-class Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 of Tom Hibbert and Ben Tuck took no part in the session and won’t be seen again this weekend after damage sustained during Hibbert’s free-practice shunt proved too severe to repair at the circuit.
Also missing from qualifying was the #59 GT4-class Garage 59 Black Bull McLaren of Dean MacDonald and Akhil Rabindra, with the team focused on repairing flywheel damage picked up in free practice in time for tomorrow’s warm-up session.