Mike Jordan and David Warnock scored another victory in round nine of the Privilege Insurance British GT Championship at Donington Park yesterday.
Their Lister Storm was ahead when the race was halted early after a serious accident that befell the Marcos Mantis GTO of Shane Bland.
In the GTO class, Martin Short and Rob Barff were leading when the race was halted, although the Porsche of Kelvin Burt/Marino Franchitti was set to challenge over the last 15 minutes of the race.
The Lister Storm of Jordan and Warnock headed the first qualifying ahead of round nine of the Privilege Insurance British GT Championship at Donington Park. ''The car is phenomenal,'' said Jordan after lapping nearly a second faster than the rest of the field. ''That's the fastest I've ever been around Donington,'' added Warnock, after lapping just over a second slower than his team mate.
However, it was far from all smiles for the major rivals for the Lister, as drivers struggled to find the levels of grip they had enjoyed in testing. ''We've got a lot of understeer since Tuesday. We've certainly got to change the set up of the car,'' said Tim Harvey after posting second fastest time in the Chrysler Viper.
The story was the same at TVR for Bobby Verdon-Roe and Michael Caine in the Cerbera Speed 12, which was around a second and a half away from the time they expected. ''It feels completely different, the grip has just gone,'' said BV-R. The Porsche 911GT2 of Neil Cunningham/Peter Cook was fourth fastest, while the Porsches of Dave Welz/Calum Lockie and Rob Schirle/Stephen Stokoe completed the top six in GT.
The second session had little impact on the qualifying times as most teams found the track slower than in the morning session. That leaves the Jordan/Warnock Lister Storm on GT pole.
The Lister lapped within a second of its pole position time, while Harvey almost matched his morning time in the Viper. ''We knew the track was slower, but we've virtually matched this morning's time,'' said Harvey.
In GTO, Ed Horner set a superb time to top the first session in his Porsche 911GT3RS. Horner was delighted to set the GTO pace and reckoned he could have gone even quicker.