Brit GT » 30 April 2001
Wins for Warnock/Jordan and Rymer/Simmons.
In a race of changing fortunes, Mike Jordan and David Warnock swept to a thrilling victory in the third round of the Privilege Insurance British GT Championship at Donington Park on Sunday (29 April).
Jordan powered the Lister Storm into the lead on the last lap of the hour-long race by overtaking the Chrysler Viper of Rob Wilson/Tim Harvey.
In the GTO category, victory went to the Porsche 911GT3R of Adam Simmons/Terry Rymer. When the leading Porsche of Kelvin Burt/Marino Franchitti hit gearbox trouble late in the race, Rymer moved ahead.
A rain shower just before the start of the first qualifying session at Donington threw teams into confusion. However, with the track rapidly drying, the top times were all set on slick tyres, with times tumbling in the closing minutes of the session.
With more rain falling just before the second qualifying session, no times changed and the grid was formed by the morning session. Just before the session started, a rain shower swept across the track. Although it soon stopped raining, the track never dried enough for any times to improve.
The battle for GT pole was between the Chrysler Viper of Wilson/Harvey and the Lister Storm of Jordan/Warnock. The Lister was back in action after suffering a blown engine in Thursday's test session, but Harvey was able to secure provisional pole on his closing lap of the session.
Third fastest in GT went to the TVR of Ashley Ward/Jonathan Rowland, making good progress after a productive test day on Thursday. The same applied to the fourth fastest Quaife R4 of Mike Quaife and Philip Hopkins. Having missed the opening two races while solving engine dramas, the team worked through the night to have the car ready to run the engine in during the test day
In trouble, however, was the Marcos Mantara of Phil Hindley/Ian McKellar, which spun early in the session and clouted the wall. Damage to the suspension forced the car to miss the race.
''It's a shame it rained for the second session. I enjoy qualifying because it's the chance to really see how quick the car is,'' said Harvey.
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