British GT: Mustangs show their pace as Keen steals show

With 2 qualifying sessions for the 2 races tomorrow at Oulton Park, it was all to play for in the 10 minute sessions.

The first session for the Am drivers was a close battle, with Ian Loggie coming out the eventual winner. His time of 1m35.061 was enough to take pole for race 1 for RAM Racing. 2nd was Ryan Ratcliffe in the #7 Bentley, who was over half a second behind. Just 0.041s behind 2nd was De Haan in the first Barwell Lamborghini. There was still difficulties for the #22 Mclaren, but Balfe still managed 11th.

The 2nd session for the pros was alot closer. Intially MacLeod set the early pace in the, before having his time disalowed. That allowed Phil Keen to storm through with a 1m33.541, the first officiall 1m33, and a fraction quicker than Macleod’s disallowed time. MacLeod could only manage a 1m34.037 to go second fastest. After topping the times early on Adam Christodoulou who will line up 3rd for race 2.

After a slow start in practice, the Multimatic Ford Mustangs spent most of the opening GT4 session trading fastest laps, with Maxwell setting a 1m43.553, putting the #15 car a tenth ahead of Buford in the #19. 3rd was Dean Macdonald in the #57 HHC Mclaren with a 1m43.892. The sister HHC Mclaren was 4th a further 2 tenths behind its team mate.

With the Pros behind the wheel, the GT4s went even quicker. Priaulx continued where Buford left off, setting the early pace at a 1m42.384. The next closest was Scott Malvern in the #66, even so he could only manage a 1m43.530 in the Mercedes. Broadhurst made it 2 Mercedes in the top 3 with a 1m43.728. It was a stronger showing for the #11 Beechdeen Aston in the hands of Martin Plowman to go 4th. After such a strong showing in Q1, the #19 Mustang in the hands of McCumbee could only muster a 1m44.143 leaving it down in 11th for race 2. Even after 10 minutes, nobody could get on the level of Seb Priaulx, setting a new qualifying record.

Tomorrow sees 2 1 hour races with the grid for race 1 being set by the times in Q1 while race 2 will use the times from Q2.