Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen will start tomorrow’s Avon Tyres British GT race from the front row of the grid in the #63 Demon Tweeks Porsche 911 GT3 R. Nick Tandy and David Ashburn will start from fifth position on their return to the series in #31.
Second is the best grid position the team have achieved this season, their first visit to the front row in 2014. With the Brands Hatch weekend having a single two-hour race, the grid position is set by a combination of both drivers’ times. The first session saw works driver and series returnee Tandy go to the top, the fastest time of the day – 1:25.257. Keen was third, laying the groundwork for a solid result.
Ashburn and Minshaw extended the good work. Both set strongly competitive times, with Ashburn impressing on his return to the series. However, it was the Minshaw and Keen combination that ended on the front row, with a 2:52.878 combined time, four-tenths from pole position. Ashburn and Tandy finished up just over six-tenths from pole in fifth.
The two-hour race will get underway at 13:10. Follow @TrackspeedGT on Twitter for live updates from the team.
Nick Tandy, Porsche 911 GT3 R #31
“It’s a really good result, having two cars in the top five. For David to come back, having not raced for nearly 12 months, and put in a time like that… It’s great. The car was the quickest car out there today, and David’s driving well. We’ve got every chance of a good result, with both team cars right up there. It’s great to be back.”
Phil Keen, Porsche 911 GT3 R #63
“Like any racing driver, I wish I was a couple of tenths faster, but I feel good about the pace of the car. Jon’s right at the top of the gentleman side of the grid, and that gives me a good feeling we can achieve something tomorrow. Having Nick back in the team has been great – he’s a real benchmark, and sharing feedback and data helps a lot. He’s the fastest Porsche driver in the world, so measuring against him is fantastic.”
Jon Minshaw, Porsche 911 GT3 R #63
“This is our best qualifying performance of the season, so I’m over the moon. Phil did a great job, and we’re in good shape. Obviously it’s a long race tomorrow, but the Porsche feels really good and we’re on the front row. That’s important, because that means we’ve got a better chance of avoiding any carnage at the first corner. We had a win last time out and we want to aim for another good result.”
Source. Trackspeed Racing/Photos. Jack Mitchell/John Patterson
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