25 June 2001
Jordan & Warnock - Kings of the Castle.
Mike Jordan and David Warnock scooped victory in a thrilling seventh round of the Privilege Insurance British GT Championship at Castle Combe yesterday, in front of a record crowd of 17,000 sun-drenched fans at the Wiltshire track.
Michael Caine and Bobby Verdon-Roe retained pole position after second qualifying for the seventh round of the Privilege Insurance British GT Championship at Castle Combe. The TVR Cerbera Speed 12 set the pace in the first session and that time was not bettered in the second session.
The battle for pole was between the Speed 12 and the Lister Storm of Mike Jordan/David Warnock. Eventually, Caine edged clear by four tenths of a second.
''We knew we could do it. We made a slight change to the car and went two tenths quicker,'' said Caine. With temperatures rising, few significant improvements were made in the second session and Verdon-Roe/Caine were content to sit out much of the session to preserve the car and tyres for the race. ''We changed a couple of things and we've found a good balance for the race,'' Caine added.
Jordan challenged for pole in the Lister in the first session, before handing the car over to Warnock. ''I thought we could get pole, but then Caine just found it,'' said Jordan.
Warnock, straight from finishing 16th at Le Mans last weekend, concentrated on re-learning a circuit he last drove on in 1989. ''The important thing was to give David plenty of track time,'' Jordan explained.
Two seconds slower than the leading pair was the Chrysler Viper of Rob Wilson/Tim Harvey, which missed the pre-race test session and spent the morning qualifying session playing catch-up. However, life was far from straightforward at Hayles Racing as the Viper missed the second session completely. Engine problems, possible a damaged valve, struck at the end of the first session and the team now faces a major task to get the car repaired for the race. ''We hope to rebuild the engine in the back of the truck,'' said Harvey.
Completing the GT category line-up was the Tech 9 Porsche 911GT2 of Ashley Ward/Jonathan Rowland. ''We really needed to test here,'' said Ward. Having missed testing, they spent qualifying working to find a balance for the car.
Martin Short was delighted to set the GTO pace in the Tuscan R, even though the car later stopped with Rob Barff at the wheel in the first session when the throttle cable snapped. New construction Dunlop tyres had helped the Tuscan R go even quicker than during the pre-race test day.
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