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TF Sport Astons Sweep Donington Qualifying

GT3 title rivals line up third and fourth

The #11 (above) and #1 TF Sport Aston Martins of Mark Farmer/John Barnes and 2016 British GT champions Derek Johnston/Johnny Adam have locked out the front row of the grid for Sunday’s two-hour ‘Donington Decider’ British GT race.

All eyes will be on the second row of the grid, however, where the championship-contending driver pairings of Jon Minshaw/Phil Keen (#33 Barwell Demon Tweeks Lamborghini, above) and Seb Morris/Rick Parfitt Jr (#31 Team Parker Bentley) line up side-by-side in third and fourth place respectively.

Barwell’s other Lamborghini, the #6 GardX-backed Huracan (above) of Sam Tordoff/Liam Griffin, qualified fifth, alongside the sole Mercedes on the grid, the Adam Christodoulou/Richard Neary-piloted Abba/Rollcentre AMG GT.

Seventh was the MacLeod/Loggie Team Parker Bentley, and while the new JRM Nissan GT-R initially qualified eighth in the hands of Charlie Fagg and Ben Green, a refuelling penalty saw them put to the back of the GT3 grid for Sunday’s race, behind the Century Motorsport Ginetta of Nathan Freke and Ben Tuck.

In GT4 qualifying, it was also an Aston Martin on top, as Matt Nicoll-Jones and Will Moore made it two pole positions on the trot in the #62 Academy Motorsport Vantage (above). Behind them qualified the non-homologated GPRM Toyota GT86 (running as an invitational entry) and the PMW/Optimum McLaren of outgoing GT4 champions Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson.

The two Ginetta G55 crews in contention for the GT4 title, HHC Motorsport’s Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton (above) and Lanan Racing’s David Pittard and Alex Reed, qualified third and seventh of the GT4 runners respectively, while the #56 Tolman McLaren of Osborne and Pattison was the highest placed pro-am entry and fifth in the class overall.