The youngest pairing on the Avon Tyres British GT Championship grid took a commanding GT4 class pole position for Sunday’s two-hour race at Rockingham thanks to sterling efforts from 16-year-old Jamie Chadwick and her team-mate Ross Gunn – a relative veteran at 18.
The Beechdean AMR Aston Martin GT4 Challenge machine was unbeatable in both the Am and Pro sessions, with Chadwick pacing the former and Gunn producing a repeat performance in the latter to deliver an aggregate time of 3m00.020s.
Their nearest challengers were the #86 GPRM Toyota GT86 combination of Richard Williams and Stefan Hodgetts, whose combined 3m01.330s gave them a comfortable second spot for tomorrow’s televised race. Next on the grid will be the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge machine of Will Moore and Dennis Strandberg. The Academy Motorsport pairing narrowly edged the #48 McNeilly/Stanley G55 Ginetta GT4 and the Yusuf/Kershaw Lotus Evora GT4 in a tight tussle over third.
Jamie Chadwick, Beechdean AMR: “There were yellow flags early in my session, so I had to manage that and decide when to push. I was careful to talk to the team so that I didn’t miss the tyre window. I feel I could’ve got a bit more out of the car if I hadn’t been behind traffic, but the balance was mega and the team did a faultless job. We’re delighted with the result and happy to be starting on pole. We know we have a reliable car for tomorrow.”
Ross Gunn, Beechdean AMR: “That was absolutely fantastic – the car was amazing! I think I missed the peak of the tyre, but other than that I gave all I had. It was a really good, smooth lap after Jamie had done a fantastic job before me. We have no penalty in the pit stop and a reliable car so fingers crossed for tomorrow!”
Richard Williams, GPRM: “I’m happy with how things went today. Obviously to be on the front row is a great result for us, and a reward for the team’s hard work since Oulton Park. We’ve taken a real step forward with the car so we’re happy – and very ready for tomorrow!”
Dennis Strandberg, Academy Motorsport: “We had a tough first practice session but found a lot of time in qualifying, so we’re really happy with third. Anything can happen tomorrow – it’s a long race but we’re extremely positive about the weekend so far.”
Tomorrow’s race provides the drivers with the added incentive of live television coverage on Motors TV. Viewers can join the action at the Northamptonshire venue from 13.00 BST, with the green flag set to drop at 13.25.