A superb battle is in store in Easter Monday’s Oulton Park opening rounds of the 2010 Avon Tyres British GT Championship, with reigning champions David and Godfrey Jones and their Preci-Spark Ascari set to start round one from the pole and the Rosso Verde Ferrari 430 Scuderia of Allan Simonsen and Hector Lester on top spot for round two.
David Jones led the way in an interrupted first qualifying session this afternoon, setting a best time of 1m 39.212s. His Ascari was six-tenths quicker than closest rival Duncan Cameron in the MTECH Ferrari. The session was red-flagged after a colossal accident at Old Hall for Viper pilot Craig Wilkins; he was unhurt but his car was extensively damaged and may miss Monday’s races as a result.
In session two, great Dane Simonsen was the man on top: Allan rounded Oulton in 1m 36.934s, two-tenths ahead of Matt Griffin for MTECH, with Adam Wilcox third in the Predator CCTV Scuderia to make it a Ferrari 1-2-3.
There was a good showing for the exciting new United Autosports Audis; they will start round one from third and fourth on the grid, and round two from fifth and 11th.
G4 class qualifying honours were shared by the Speedworks Ginetta of Chester-based Jamie Stanley and the Prestige Car Leasing KTM of Rory Butcher.
British GT is sponsored by UK tyre manufacturer Avon Tyres and is further supported by Sunoco Racing Fuels, Anglo American Oil Company and The Independent.
Provisional qualifying times Oulton Park 3/4/2010
GT3 & overall
1 Preci-Spark Ascari David Jones 1m 39.212s
2 MTECH Ferrari 430 Scud Duncan Cameron 1m 39.827s
3 United Autosports Audi R8 LMS Zak Brown 1m 40.381s
4 United Autosports Audi R8 LMS Mike Guasch 1m 40.533s
5 Trackspeed Porsche 911 GT3R David Ashburn 1m 40.640s
6 Chad Ferrari 430 Scud Chris Hyman 1m 40.976s etc
1 Speedworks Ginetta G50 Jamie Stanley 1m 47.823s
2 Piranha Lotus 2-Eleven Chris Bialan 1m 49.254s
3 Prestige/ABG KTM X-Bow Benjamin Harvey 1m 49.904s
4 ProMotorsport Nissan 350Z Rick Pearson 1m 52.232s
5 Team Osborne Ginetta G50 Osman Yusuf 1m 53.148s
6 Century Ginetta G50 Vibe Smed 1m 55.452s
GT3 & overall
1 Rosso Verde Ferrari 430 Scud Allan Simonsen 1m 36.934s
2 MTECH Ferrari 430 Scud Matt Griffin 1m 37.152s
3 Predator CCTV Ferrari 430 Scud Adam Wilcox 1m 38.215s
4 Preci-Spark Ascari Godfrey Jones 1m 38.251s
5 United Autosports Audi R8 LMS Richard Dean 1m 38.340s
6 Barwell-Cadena Aston DBRS9 Michael Bentwood 1m 38.527s etc
1 Prestige/ABG KTM X-Bow Rory Butcher 1m 45.856s
2 Speedworks Ginetta G50 Christian Dick 1m 47.325s
3 Team Osborne Ginetta G50 Joe Osborne 1m 47.868s
4 ProMotorsport Nissan 350Z Derek Palmer 1m 53.744s
- British GT