2018 British GT Championship Oulton Park Qualifying - Race Photography
Optimum Motorsport, Aston Martin V12 Vantage, GT3, #75, Flick Haigh, Jonny Adam, <br />
British GT <br />
Oulton Park <br />
Cheshire <br />
Great Britain <br />
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Flick Haigh took the first female overall podium in the first qualifying session of 2018 for Optimum Motorsport whilst Phil Keen got Barwell's campaign off to a great start by taking pole position in the second session. In GT4, Equipe Verschuur took pole in both sessions, Finlay Hutchinson sealing pole for race one whilst Daniel McKay completed the second session with the fastest time to claim a double pole for Monday.

Mark Farmer set the early pace in the first session, the #11 TF Sport Aston fending off the #1 Team Parker Bentley of Rick Parfitt Jnr. Parfitt temporarily took the fastest lap, jumping half a second clear as Andrew Howard moved into second place for Beechdean AMR. It the final moments, championship new comer Flick Haigh jumped into top spot by just one tenth of a second!

After a fairly quiet practice session earlier in the day, Ian Loggie snatched third with just five minutes left on the clock. Farmer couldn't capitalise on his earlier pace. Pushing too hard, he ran wide and span the Aston at Deer Leap, retiring the Aston from the session.


Barwell Motorsport, Lamborghini Huracan, GT3, #33, Jon Minshaw, Phil Keen, <br />
British GT <br />
Oulton Park <br />
Cheshire <br />
Great Britain <br />
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Jon Minshaw could only manage eighth whilst Derek Johnston took a late fourth place, knocking Andrew Howard down to fifth in the closing moments.

Phil Keen opened the second session, forcing the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini to the front of the field on his opening flying lap. Jonny Adam fought back but couldn't match Keen's pace, only getting within two tenths of the Demon Tweeks Lamborghini.

Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim were fighting it out between themselves early on in the TF Sport Aston Martins, Sorensen taking third over Thiim who finished the session in fourth. ERC Sport took an impressive fifth in the team's first time out, in the hands of Yelmer Buurman.


Equipe Verschuur, McLaren 570S, GT4, #10, Finally Hutchinson, Daniel Mackay,  <br />
British GT <br />
Oulton Park <br />
Cheshire <br />
Great Britain <br />
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The #10 Equipe Verschuur McLaren 570S of Hutchison had a six tenths advantage by the end of the first flying lap, an incredible performance for the team's first time out. The #4 Tolman Motorsport McLaren of Michael O'Brien took second place, temporarily sealing a McLaren front row but falling five tenths short of pole. The two Century Motorsport BMW's took fourth and fifth in the first qualifying session for the new M4 GT4. In the dying minutes, Callum Pointon split the leading McLarens, parking the #G55 GT4 on the front row next to the #10 McLaren.

The final qualifying session saw the #66 Team Parker Racing Mercedes AMG of Scott Malvern shoot to the front of the standings early on ahead of Will Burns in the #50 HHC Motorsport Ginetta, however, as the #10 McLaren came around to complete their flying lap, the Equipe Verschuur McLaren soared to the front to take a double pole position. Ricky Collard proved to be a great substitute for Century Motorsport whilst Lewis Proctor rounded out the top five in the Tolman McLaren.

Malvern's late effort to overhaul McKay's provisional pole time proved in vein, shaving the gap to 0.052 but unable to prevent Equipe Verschuur from landing a perfect pair of poles on their dream British GT debut.