The #100 Simpson Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 utterly dominated qualifying for Sunday’s pair of GT4 European Series Northern Cup races at Brands Hatch, with Charlie Robertson and Tom Hibbert both clinching pole position in their respective sessions.
Both sessions saw the Ginetta drivers encounter lots of traffic around the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit’s twists and turns, but both were able to find a gap when it counted to deliver their laps. In the first session, Hibbert set a 1:32.416 on his third flyer, which would not be bettered for the remainder of the running.
The time puts the Ginetta GT4 Supercup driver on the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s Race 1 alongside the Ekris Motorsport BMW of Max Koebolt.
In the second session, Robertson set a 1:32.073 early on. The time was good enough for pole, but following a red flag period for a crashed Porsche at Druids bend, the Ginetta factory driver went back out and found more time, lowering the benchmark to 1:32.003 just before the flag fell to put the result beyond doubt.
The other Ginetta entered in the race, the #26 CMR By Sport Garage G55, qualified 16th and sixth for tomorrow’s races in the hands of Niels Stievenart and Soheil Ayari, rounding off a very positive day in the European GT4 series for the Yorkshire marque.
Tomorrow’s races take place at 10:15am and 2:25pm respectively.
Julian Simpson-Smith, Simpson Motorsport: “The guys have done a great job and we’re in a really nice position for tomorrow. We saw this morning that we had good race pace on used tyres and Charlie reckons there’s a bit more left in the car yet, so we go into tomorrow aiming to lead from the front and win both races.”
Tom Hibbert: “There was a lot of traffic, but my first few laps were okay, I got one flyer in and made it count. After that I was stuck behind slower cars. It’s been a great day overall and for tomorrow the plan is just to put my head down and go from the front – I’ll try not to be looking in my mirrors!”
Charlie Robertson: “That was really good. I went out in the second session, and initially it was struggle to get a clear space for myself, as I’m new to this series and I don’t know who’s quick and who’s not. But I managed to get a lap in my pocket that was good enough for pole before the red flag, which perhaps helped us a bit. I went back out afterwards just to be on track in case someone went quicker than us and I was able to find a little more time. I’m really pleased, the Simpson Motorsport team has done an awesome job today and I can’t wait for the races tomorrow.”