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British GT title rivals share poles at Snetterton

Saturday, October 03 2020

British GT Championship rivals Sam De Haan and Sandy Mitchell shared the GT3 spoils during Intelligent Money British GT Championship qualifying at Snetterton earlier today, while Jordan Collard and Matt Cowley took a GT4 pole position apiece.

RAM Racing's De Haan starts Race one from pole after beating Barwell Motorsport's Rob Collard and 2 Seas' Jordan Witt in Q1. Mitchell then hit back in Q2 by out-pacing team-mate Phil Keen and RAM's other Mercedes-AMG driven by Yelmer Buurman.

HHC Motorsport grabbed GT4 Race 1 pole courtesy of Collard who lapped 1.1s faster than team-mate Gus Bowers and TF Sport's championship leader, Dan Vaughan. But the second session and fastest time of all belonged to Academy's Matt Cowley who denied Patrik Matthiesen a second pole for HHC. TF Sport's Patrick Kibble completed the top-three.

Victory at Donington ensures Patrick Kujala and Sam De Haan must serve the maximum Pitstop Success Penalty tomorrow. But the latter went some way to easing the burden by claiming pole position for the first 60-minute race.

RAM Racing's championship-leading Mercedes-AMG set a best of 2m06.441s on its final run to ultimately beat Rob Collard by 0.182s. Barwell's #78 Lamborghini, which lies nine points behind in the title fight, held provisional pole for a time after toppling early pace setter Ian Loggie but couldn't match either of De Haan's two session-topping laps.

The wet but steadily improving track conditions meant lap times reduced by two seconds in Q2. But on an afternoon tailor made for Snetterton specialist Phil Keen it was team-mate Sandy Mitchell who set a blistering pace to grab pole.

RAM's Yelmer Buurman initially led from Keen before the Huracan driver hit his stride on the second round of flying laps to turn a 0.090s deficit into a 0.015s advantage.

Meanwhile, a loose driver safety net was threatening to derail Mitchell's challenge before it began. But there was no stopping the Black Bull-backed Lamborghini after a quick pitstop helped fully restore visibility. Indeed, the Scot immediately took provisional pole on his first flyer before overturning Keen's subsequent improvement with arguably the lap of the season. Three purple sectors accounted for a 2m04.303s - an incredible 0.543s quicker than his team-mate who completed an all-Barwell front row.

The British GT races start at 10.15 and 15.10 tomorrow (Sunday).

Click here to view the grid line-up for race one.