2017 British GT Championship Donington Park Qualifying - Race Photography
TF Sport, Aston Martin Vantage, GT3, #11, Mark Farmer, Jon Barnes, <br />
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Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes take their maiden pole position in the final race of the season at Donington Park. Barwell Motorsport took third place in the #33 Demon Tweeks Lamborghini whilst the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley of Parfitt and Morris took fourth spot. It was a dominant performance from Mark Farmer who took the provisional pole by over a second from Ben Tuck in the #69 Century Motorsport Ginetta before Jon Minshaw stepped up and cut the gap to half a second. The JRM Racing Nissan GT-R Nismo made a strong start in its debut event, Charlie Fagg stole second from Minshaw as the session drew to a close but with seconds left on the clock, Rick Parfitt stole second position. Minshaw could only manage fifth behind the #1 TF Sport Aston Martin of Derek Johnston. Liam Griffin could only manage seventh in the sister Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini.

TF Sport, Aston Martin Vantage, GT3, #11, Mark Farmer, Jon Barnes, <br />
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Donington Park <br />
Derby <br />
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It was then the turn of the Pro drivers to finalise the qualifying positions for the Donington decider. Both TF Sport cars shot straight to the top of the timing screens, Jon Barnes and Jonny Adam on fine form to take first and second respectively. Barwell took third and fourth initially before Seb Morris stole third position. Keen responded brilliantly to reclaim third spot before the time was up. Adam was unable to take pole position despite breaking the GT3 lap record at Donington. It would be Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes who claimed TF Sports first pole position of 2017.

Academy Motorsport, Aston Martin Vantage, GT4, #62, Will Moore, Matt Nicole-Jones, <br />
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In GT4, Adam Balon took an early lead in the Track-Club McLaren before Brands Hatch pole sitter Will Moore took the front spot before the red flag was waved following a high speed incident for Tim Eakin in the #54 Nissan 370Z.

With two minutes left to run, the session resumed with Optimum Motorsport charging to the front of the pack before Will Moore responded to post the fastest time. Dean Macdonald took second place in the #59 Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren whilst Graham Johnson rounded out the top three. Will Tregurtha could only manage 4th in the HHC Ginetta with championship rival Alex Reed only securing sixth.

Matt Nicoll-Jones held the lead for Academy Motorsport pulling out a nine-tenth advantage on Mike Robinson in the #501 McLaren 570S GT4. Joe Osbournes blistering lap time was only good enough for fifth place overall following trouble for David Pattison in the first qualifying session. Stuart Middleton sealed third for HHC Motorsport, who remain in prime position to defend their 25-point championship lead – pivotally three spots ahead on the grid of David Pittard‘s #51 Lanan Racing Ginetta. Moore held on at the front to secure back-to-back pole positions in GT4 for Academy Motorsport, hoping this time to avoid the mechanical issues that forced an early retirement last time out at Brands Hatch.