Barwell’s Lock Out the front Row at Donington.

#78 Barwell Motorsport – Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo2 – Alex Martin, Sandy Mitchell, British GT, Round 4, 25/05/2024, Donington Park, UK, Copyright:Matt Hancock,,

Alex Martin and Sandy Mitchell narrowly beat Barwell team-mates Rob and Ricky Collard to pole position at Donington where Stuart Middleton and Freddie Tomlinson topped the combined GT4 qualifying times on DTO’s British GT Championship return.

Neither of the pole winners set fastest individual times. Those accolades went to Tom Gamble (Optimum Motorsport) and Seb Morris (Team Parker Racing) who both lowered their respective class qualifying lap records.

#63 Barwell Motorsport – Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo2 – Rob Collard, Ricky Collard, British GT, Round 4, 25/05/2024, Donington Park, UK, Copyright:Matt Hancock,,

Garage 59’s Shaun Balfe and Adam Smalley head up row three but also clinched Silver-Am pole, while Morris’ time helped the Mercedes-AMG he shares with Charles Dawson to finish fastest of GT4’s Pro-Am contenders and third in class. They line up behind Jack Brown and Zak Meakin (Optimum) who missed out on pole by just 0.061s.

#59 Garage 59 – McLaren 720S GT3 Evo – Shaun Balfe, Adam Smalley, British GT, Round 4, 25/05/2024, Donington Park, UK, Copyright:Matt Hancock,,



A track limits infringement on his final lap prevented Ricky Collard from reclaiming pole position from Sandy Mitchell who’d earlier overturned Rob’s two tenth advantage.

The #63 Huracan topped the first 10-minute session thanks to Collard Snr’s successive fastest times. His first initially established a 0.5s advantage over Shaun Balfe, Kevin Tse and Morgan Tillbrook before the second was necessary to beat Alex Martin.

Garage 59’s McLarens filled the provisional second row after Tillbrook narrowly beat Balfe, while the two Mercedes-AMGs of Tse (2 Seas) and Mike Price (Greystone GT) completed the initial two-by-two-two formation from Mark Smith (Paddock) and Ian Loggie (2 Seas).

#59 Garage 59 – McLaren 720S GT3 Evo – Shaun Balfe, Adam Smalley, British GT, Round 4, 25/05/2024, Donington Park, UK, Copyright:Matt Hancock,,

Q2 began with Raffaele Marciello setting the early pace for RAM, but it wasn’t long before Mitchell took top spot in the individual and combined times.

Tom Gamble, who started the session ninth, then clipped the second Fogarty Esses tyre stack en route to fastest lap, but he and Optimum’s McLaren were never a threat to either Lamborghini which were now separated by 0.113s.

That was by no means insurmountable, and for a few moments at least Ricky appeared to have swung the advantage back #63’s way when he crossed the line a combined 0.048s faster. His and Rob’s joy was short-lived, though, thanks to a track limits infringement at the Old Hairpin.

#8 Team ABBA Racing – Mercedes AMG GT3 – Sam Neary, Richard Neary, British GT, Round 4 FP2, 25/05/2024, Donington Park, UK, Copyright:Matt Hancock,,

Championship leader Adam Smalley and Maximilian Goetz both moved their respective Garage 59 and 2 Seas entries up one place to third and fourth, while Gamble’s fastest individual time saw the Optimum McLaren he shares with Mark Radcliffe climb four spots.

Marcus Clutton and Tillbrook finished 0.003s slower but completed the top six ahead of RAM’s John Ferguson and Marciello. Paddock’s McLaren shared by Martin Plowman and Smith were next up ahead of Team Abba Racing and 2 Seas’ second Mercedes-AMG.

#31 Team Parker Racing – Mercedes-AMG GT4 – Charles Dawson, Seb Morris, British GT, Round 4, 25/05/2024, Donington Park, UK, Copyright:Matt Hancock,,



Stuart Middleton and Freddie Tomlinson gave DTO the perfect start to its British GT return by prevailing in a very tight GT4 qualifying session.

Q1’s top four were separated by less than 0.1s as the session ticked towards its conclusion when Middleton’s last-gasp effort gave the #56 Ginetta a little breathing space.

Will Moore initially put Academy Motorsport’s #62 Mustang top of the times before being usurped first by Middleton and then Jack Brown in Optimum’s Silverstone 500-winning McLaren.

Brown’s effort kept the Artura out front for much of the session, but Middleton continued to chip away. His second lap trimmed the gap to 0.079s and his third to 0.049s, but it was his very final tour that made the difference, with the Ginetta finally vaulting the McLaren and pulling 0.179s ahead as the flag fell.

#56 DTO Motorsport – Ginetta G56 GT4 Evo – Freddie Tomlinson, Stuart Middleton, British GT, Round 4, 25/05/2024, Donington Park, UK, Copyright:Matt Hancock,,

That teed up Tomlinson to finish the job, but he had just as much of a fight on his hands in the second session as Meakin took over the McLaren from Brown. His best trimmed a tenth from the margin, but Tomlinson did enough to ensure the Ginetta took pole by 0.061s on combined times.

His cause was helped by Dan Vaughan who brought the session to an early close by beaching Toyota Gazoo Racing UK’s GR Supra in the Esses gravel trap.

#90 Optimum Motorsport – McLaren Artura GT4 – Jack Brown, Zac Meakin, British GT, Round 4, 25/05/2024, Donington Park, UK, Copyright:Matt Hancock,,

Before that, a stonking lap from Seb Morris not only lopped seven tenths off the qualifying record but also moved Team Parker’s Mercedes-AMG he shares with Charles Dawson from seventh to third overall, as well as Pro-Am pole.

Academy enjoyed its best qualifying yet with the new-generation Mustang, with Moore and Matt Nicoll-Jones lining up fourth, but it could have been even better had the late red flag not denied Nicoll-Jones after he’d set an outright best first sector on his final lap.

Championship leaders Jamie Day and Mikey Porter grabbed fifth in their Forsetti Aston Martin, and Paddock Motorsport’s Alex Walker and Blake Angliss start sixth. Both Mustangs made the top seven thanks to Erik Evans and Marco Signoretti, while Luca Hopkinson and Harry George rounded out the first eight in their RAM Racing Mercedes-AMG.

#59 Garage 59 – McLaren 720S GT3 Evo – Shaun Balfe, Adam Smalley, British GT, Round 4, 25/05/2024, Donington Park, UK, Copyright:Matt Hancock,,

GT3 Positions

178GT3PABarwell MotorsportAlex MARTIN, Sandy MITCHELLLamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo22:51.23013105.300
263GT3PABarwell MotorsportRob COLLARD, Ricky COLLARDLamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo22:51.343130.1130.113104.900
359GT3SAGarage 59Shaun BALFE, Adam SMALLEYMcLaren 720S GT3 Evo2:51.666120.4360.323105.100
418GT3PA2 Seas MotorsportKevin TSE, Maximilian GOETZMercedes-AMG GT3 Evo2:51.903130.6730.237104.900
527GT3PAOptimum MotorsportMark RADCLIFFE, Tom GAMBLEMcLaren 720S GT3 Evo2:52.003140.7730.100105.300
677GT3PAGarage 59Morgan TILLBROOK, Marcus CLUTTONMcLaren 720S GT3 Evo2:52.006130.7760.003104.600
715GT3PARAM RacingJohn FERGUSON, Raffaele MARCIELLOBMW M4 GT32:52.264131.0340.258105.300
89GT3PAPaddock MotorsportMark SMITH, Martin PLOWMANMcLaren 720S GT3 Evo2:52.428141.1980.164104.700
98GT3SATeam Abba RacingRichard NEARY, Sam NEARYMercedes-AMG GT3 Evo2:52.506121.2760.078104.800
106GT3PA2 Seas MotorsportIan LOGGIE, Phil KEENMercedes-AMG GT3 Evo2:52.507121.2770.001104.600
1114GT3PACentury MotorsportMichael JOHNSTON, Dan HARPERBMW M4 GT32:52.674141.4440.167104.600
123GT3PAGreystone GTMike PRICE, Callum MACLEODMercedes-AMG GT3 Evo2:52.709121.4790.035104.300
132GT3PATeam RJNChris BUNCOMBE, Alex BUNCOMBEMcLaren 720S GT3 Evo2:52.956141.7260.247104.500
1467GT3SAOrange Racing by JMHSimon ORANGE, Tom ROCHEMcLaren 720S GT3 Evo2:53.077141.8470.121104.100
1532GT3SAJ&S RacingSacha KAKAD, Hugo COOKAudi R8 LMS GT3 EVO II2:53.280132.0500.203104.400
1687GT3PABlackthornGiacomo PETROBELLI, Jonny ADAMAston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 Evo2:53.404142.1740.124104.200
1722GT3SACentury MotorsportCarl CAVERS, Lewis PLATOBMW M4 GT32:53.409142.1790.005103.900
1810GT3SABlackthornMatt TOPHAM, Josh ROWLEDGEAston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 Evo2:53.459142.2290.050104.300
1924GT3PARACELABLucky KHERA, Euan HANKEYMcLaren 720S GT3 Evo2:53.508142.2780.049104.200
2097GT3SABeechdean AMRAndrew HOWARD, Jessica HAWKINSAston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 Evo2:53.785142.5550.277103.700

GT4 Positions

156GT4SDTO MotorsportStuart MIDDLETON, Freddie TOMLINSONGinetta G56 GT4 Evo3:07.2191095.700
290GT4SOptimum MotorsportJack BROWN, Zac MEAKINMcLaren Artura GT43:07.28090.0610.06195.600
331GT4PATeam Parker RacingCharles DAWSON, Seb MORRISMercedes-AMG GT43:07.442100.2230.16295.900
462GT4SAcademy MotorsportWill MOORE, Matt NICOLL-JONESFord Mustang GT4 20243:07.507110.2880.06595.500
57GT4SForsetti MotorsportMikey PORTER, Jamie DAYAston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 Evo3:07.765100.5460.25895.500
611GT4SPaddock MotorsportAlex WALKER, Blake ANGLISSMcLaren Artura GT43:07.867110.6480.10295.400
761GT4SAcademy MotorsportMarco SIGNORETTI, Erik EVANSFord Mustang GT4 20243:07.940100.7210.07395.300
817GT4SRAM RacingLuca HOPKINSON, Harry GEORGEMercedes-AMG GT43:08.104100.8850.16495.200
947GT4PAForsetti MotorsportMarc WARREN, William ORTONAston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 Evo3:08.210100.9910.10695.300
1044GT4PAToyota Gazoo Racing UKKavi JUNDU, Dan VAUGHANToyota GR Supra GT4 Evo3:08.56391.3440.35395.500
1195GT4SRACELABCallum DAVIES, Sai SANJAYMcLaren Artura GT43:08.672101.4530.10994.900
1229GT4PACentury MotorsportIan GOUGH, Tom WRIGLEYBMW M4 GT43:08.744121.5250.07295.000
1371GT4PACentury MotorsportRavi RAMYEAD, Charlie ROBERTSONBMW M4 GT43:09.367102.1480.62395.200
1412GT4PAPaddock MotorsportEd MCDERMOTT, Matt COWLEYMercedes-AMG GT43:09.373102.1540.00695.300
1579GT4PASteller MotorsportTim DOCKER, Jordan ALBERTAudi R8 LMS GT43:09.629102.4100.25695.700
1620GT4PAMahiki RacingIan DUGGAN, Gordie MUTCHLotus Emira GT43:10.160102.9410.53195.100
1769GT4PAMahiki RacingSteven LAKE, Nathan HARRISONLotus Emira GT43:11.238104.0191.07893.700
1858GT4PACWS RacingColin WHITE, Thomas HOLLANDGinetta G56 GT4 Evo1:35.1509

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