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CRS Racing Ferrari 458 scoops British GT pole position

Saturday, May 14 2011

The CRS Racing Ferrari 458 of father and son team Jim and Glynn Geddie clinched pole position in qualifying for the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Snetterton on Saturday.

This weekend will see British GT compete in one two-hour endurance race featuring pit stops, driver swaps and refuelling, rather than the two one-hour race format traditionally adopted in the series.

For the single qualifying session, most teams opted to run the fastest drivers from their pairings first, in order to increase the chances of setting a quick lap time early on.

The CRS Ferrari in the hands of Glynn Geddie was immediately on the pace, posting a benchmark lap time within the first ten minutes of qualifying that proved unassailable.

"We took a bit of a gamble on the set-up and it seemed to pay off," said Glynn Geddie. "CRS has done a great job setting the car up this weekend."

United Autosports secured its best qualifying result to date, as Matt Bell steered the Audi R8 he shares with Mike Guasch to a front row start - four tenths shy of the CRS Ferrari's pole position time.

Rosso Verde's Allan Simonsen edged out the Vantage Racing Aston Martin DBRS9 of Tom Black and Stuart Hall to clinch third in his Ferrari 430, whilst Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin's Mtech Ferrari 458 recovered from a broken driveshaft earlier in the day to qualify fifth.

The Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari 458 of Michael Lyons and Charles Bateman clinched sixth on the grid, ahead of Beechdean Motorsport's Aston Martin DBRS9 - Jonathan Adam setting the team's best time - and the Ferrari 430 of Adam Wilcox and Phil Burton.

After missing both free practice session due to a gearbox problem, the Chad Racing Ferrari 430 in the hands of Steven Kane turned in an impressive performance to secure ninth place.

The top ten was completed by David Ashburn and Phil Keen's Trackspeed Porsche 997, which could not replicate its strong free practice pace. The sister car of Tim Bridgman and Gregor Fisken also struggled with set-up, finishing outside the top ten in eleventh position.

Another car that experienced a quiet qualifying session was the Preci-Spark Mercedes of brothers David and Godfrey Jones, which could only muster 14th on the grid.

Athanasios Ladas and Michael Mallock's KTM X Bow took the honour of fastest G4 category car in overall 20th position.

The session was red flagged after 12 minutes when the Century Team LNT Ginetta G55 of Florian Renauer and Michael Drabing went off at Agostini. The Chevron GR8 of Jordan Witt and ex-British Touring Car driver Anthony Reid was also retrieved during this stoppage, after it broke down following a mechanical failure.

The Speedworks Motorsport Corvette Z06R was another car to end its session early after grinding to a halt at the side of the track with gearbox issues.

Round three of the 2011 Avon Tyres British GT Championship will take place at 1.15pm on Sunday. Spectators will also be able to meet the drivers during a free of charge pit lane walkabout and driver autograph session at 12.25pm.

Avon Tyres British GT Championship, Snetterton, qualifying:
1. CRS Racing Ferrari 458 Italia (Glynn Geddie/Jim Geddie), 1m50.929s
2. United Autosports Audi R8 (Matt Bell/Mike Guasch), +0.469s
3. Rosso Verde Ferrari 430 (Allan Simonsen/Hector Lester), +0.498s
4. Vantage Racing Aston Martin DBRS9 (Tom Black/Stuart Hall), +0.900s
5. Mtech Ferrari 458 (Duncan Cameron/Matt Griffin), +1.006s
6. Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari 458 Italia (Charles Bateman/Michael Lyons), +1.144s
7. Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin DBRS9 (Jonathan Adam/Andrew Howard), +1.281s
8. Predator CCTV Racing Ferrari 430 (Adam Wilcox/Phil Burton), +1.322s
9. Chad Racing Ferrari 430 (Iain Dockerill/Steven Kane), +1.440s
10. Trackspeed Porsche 997 (David Ashburn/Phil Keen), +1.499s

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