Ian Loggie (Ram Racing Mercedes, above) and Phil Keen (#72 Barwell Lamborghini) will start Easter Monday’s Oulton Park British GT races one and two respectively on pole position, after setting the fastest times in their 10-minute qualifying sessions.
In GT4, pole for both races went to the #15 Multimatic Ford Mustang, with Scott Maxwell going fastest in the first session and his co-driver Seb Priaulx topping the second.
Temperatures had climbed to 22 degrees by the time qualifying for the championship’s opening round of 2019 got underway, at 3:15pm on Easter Saturday.
In the opening, am-driver session, Loggie’s time of 1:35.061 was nearly six-tenths clear of his closest challenger, Ryan Ratcliffe in the #7 Team Parker Bentley (the highest qualifying of the two Silver Cup cars running this weekend).
The second row is made up of Sam de Haan in the #69 Barwell Lamborghini (1:35.699) and Rick Parfitt Jr in the #31 JRM Bentley (1:35.773).
The third row contains two new arrivals in the GT3 ranks: Century Motorsport’s Dominic Paul (#3 BMW M6 GT3) and Barwell’s Adam Balon (driving the #72 Lamborghini that Keen has qualified on pole for race two).
The second, pro-driver session saw Keen outqualify FP1 pacesetter Calum Macleod (Ram Racing Mercedes), by almost half a second; Keen clocked a 1:33.541 against Macleod’s 1:34.037.
On the second row for race two are Adam Christodoulou aboard the Team Abba Racing Mercedes (1:34.171) and Parfitt Jr’s co-driver Seb Morris (a 1:34.306).
De Haan’s co-driver Jonny Cocker kept up Barwell’s generally strong showing all round by putting the #69 car in P5 for race two with a time of 1:34.318, ahead of the sixth-place qualifier for race two, Nick Thiim aboard the #2 TF Sport Aston Martin (who went round in 1:34.413).
The #15 Multimatic Mustang (below) was unstoppable in both GT4 session, with Maxwell clocking a 1:43.553 in the first session and Priaulx a 1:42.384 in the second to lock out P1 for both of Monday’s races.
In the first session, Maxwell’s closest challenger was his team-mate Jade Buford in the sister #19 Mustang, who managed a 1:43.656 to make it a Multimatic front-row lockout.
On the second row for Monday’s first race is Dean MacDonald (a 1:43.892 in the #57 HHC Motorsport McLaren) and his team-mate Tom Jackson, who went round in 1:44.056 in the sister #58 car.
Jordan Collard (#5 Tolman McLaren) and Tom Kibble (#95 TF Sport Aston) qualified P5 and P6 respectively in the Am session, while Kelvin Fletcher was the quickest Am driver in a session dominated by quick young silvers. The #11 Beechdean Aston Martin driver recorded a 1:44.605 to line up 10th overall in the GT4 ranks for race two.
The second GT4 qualifying session saw Scott Malvern break the Multimatic Mustang front-row stranglehold by putting the #66 Team Parker Mercedes into P2 alongside Priaulx, although Malvern’s time of 1:43.530 was a yawning 1.146 seconds short of the Ford driver’s 1:42.384 (a new GT4 qualifying record).
The second row for race two is made up of Mikey Broadhurst (in the #77 Fox Motorsport Mercedes) and Fletcher’s co-driver Martin Plowman, who set times of 1:43.728 and 1:43.773 respectively.
Tom Canning grabbed P5 for the #97 TF Sport Aston Martin, while there was a very impressive sixth-fastest time overall from Matt George aboard the #44 Invictus Games Racing Jaguar F-Type.
British GT now has its traditional Easter Sunday day off, before reconvening for morning warm-up and a pair of races (at 11:15am and 3:35pm) on Easter Monday. You’ll be able to watch live-streaming video of both right here on DSC.