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Barwell Lamborghini Dominates Qualifying at Brands Hatch

Keen, Minshaw dominate Brands Hatch qualifying on drying track…

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Championship leader Jon Minshaw will start Sunday’s British GT Championship race at Brands Hatch from pole position following a dominant performance from him and Barwell Motorsport co-driver Phil Keen in Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session.

The No. 33 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 set a combined qualifying lap time of 3:13.256, going 2.7 seconds quicker than the Macmillan AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 which will start from second position, driven by Jack Mitchell and James Littlejohn.

The session was held on a drying track after a heavy downpour that red-flagged the preceding support race. 

The No. 11 TF Sport Aston Martin will start third, alongside the No. 6 Barwell Lamborghini in fourth.

While the points leaders will start the race from pole, second-placed Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt will line up in fifth position, with the Bentley Continental GT3 struggling for pace in the wet conditions.

Adam Christodoulou was the second-fastest driver in the session behind Keen, with the Team ABBA with Rollcentre Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 provisionally qualifying fifth, although it is set to serve a five-place grid penalty due to an infringement from Free Practice 2.

Matt Nicoll-Jones secured the GT4 class pole for Academy Motorsport as the checkered flag flew, giving him and teammate Will Moore a combined lap time of 3:20.773 in the No. 62 Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

The No. 100 Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren 570S GT4 will line up second in class, qualifying just 0.132 seconds down on the Aston Martin’s combined time.

Jacob Mathiassen and series debutant Niall Murray qualified third in class after the latter went fastest in the GT4 Am session, while the championship-contending Lanan Racing Ginetta G55 GT4 will start from fourth despite David Pittard ending up in the gravel trap during the GT4 Am running.

Tomorrow’s two-hour race gets underway at 2:10 p.m. local time.

RESULTS: Qualifying

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist focusing on European series for Sportscar365. Kilshaw was the founder of WorldSportsCar.co.uk and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

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