Silverstone 500 Qualifying: Mitchell and Balon on pole for blue riband race

Sandy Mitchell and Adam Balon have claimed pole position for Sunday’s Silverstone 500 after topping the qualifying session.

 

With the Silverstone 500 being a three-hour race, qualifying was decided by combining the times from both sessions in each class.

The GT3 AM drivers were first out on track but after only four minutes #75 2 Seas Motorsport Mercedes with Flick Haigh spun and almost collected another car, however they were able to recover and continue in the session.

Adam Balon in his #72 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini set the early pace with just under half the session to go but James Cottingham very quickly took the top spot in the #4 2 Seas Motorsport Mercedes.

Kevin Tse in his #93 Sky Tempsta Racing Mercedes was top of the timesheets with two minutes left on the clock, but Michael Igoe didn’t have the same luck in his #18 WPI Motorsport Lamborghini with a faulty wheel nut sensor and a massive lockup hitting the pit lane limiter causing trouble.

At the end of GT3 Q1, Malykhin topped the leaderboard in his #32 Redline Racing Lamborghini ahead of Kevin Tse by 0.137 seconds, with James Cottingham 0.027 seconds further behind. Adam Balon was only 0.007 seconds off third place.

 

Sandy Mitchell in his #72 Barwell Motorsport went fastest on combined time as the session entered into the final three minutes and as the chequered flag fell, gave him and Adam Balon pole position for the Silverstone 500, with James Dorlin in second for Redline Racing.

The #4 2 Seas Motorsport car of James Cottingham and Lewis Williamson was third on combined time, with the #8 Team Abba Racing was fourth. Callum McLeod brought home the #6 Ram Racing Mercedes with Ian Loggie the other driver in the pair.

 

In the GT4 class, Richard Williams gave the #42 Steller Motorsport a solid 0.7 seconds advantage going into Q2, and his team-mate Sennan Fielding was able to keep them out front on combined time as they beat the #61 Academy Motorsport Ford Mustang by 1.405 seconds.

 

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