3 September 2001
Wins for Jordan/Warnock and Franchitti/Burt.
Mike Jordan and David Warnock came back from last to win the Privilege Insurance British GT Championship round at Thruxton yesterday afternoon (Sunday 2 September).
After a first lap spin, the Lister Storm battled back to victory as the Chrysler Viper of Tim Harvey/Rob Wilson dropped to second after picking up a puncture.
In GTO, Kelvin Burt and Marino Franchitti blasted to victory and the championship title after a faultless performance.
Mike Jordan and David Warnock dominated qualifying for round 11 of the Privilege Insurance British GT Championship at Thruxton on Saturday. The Lister Storm headed the times by three-quarters of a second from the Chrysler Viper of Tim Harvey/Rob Wilson.
''The car is fantastic round here,'' said Jordan after setting a stunning pace in the Lister, lapping in 1m10.692s in the morning session. With the temperature higher in the afternoon, few times were improved. ''It's all about fast corner poise,'' said Jordan of the challenging high-speed circuit.
Into second in GT went the Chrysler Viper of Wilson and Harvey. Having tried for a better time in the opening minutes of the second session, they elected to save their tyres and parked the car well before the end of the session. ''We've got to win this one,'' said Wilson, confirming that they are hoping for a wet race to give them a chance of challenging the Lister.
Similarly, the TVR Cerbera Speed 12 of Bobby Verdon-Roe/Michael Caine had a shortened second session after alternator failure stopped the car on the circuit. Their best time from the day put them third on the grid.
Edd Sharpe and Colin Blower qualified the Ultima GTR fourth fastest in GT after a very encouraging showing, having overcome the clutch trouble that hit them at Knockhill.
In the GTO class, Marino Franchitti and Kelvin Burt topped the times in their Porsche 911GT3RS as they bid to secure the GTO title. They set a storming pace, although Burt reckoned they could have gone even quicker. ''I think the car can do a 1m13.5s,'' said Kelvin after setting pole position in 1m14.1s. Right behind was the second Parr Motorsport Porsche of Matt Turner/Ed Horner.
Martin Short and Rob Barff, fresh from racing in Japan last weekend, were third best in the TVR Tuscan R, but their plans to challenge the Porsches in the second session were scuppered by rising temperatures. In the morning session, the car had been hit by throttle cable problems and so third on the grid was their start position. However, they went into the race determined to take the fight to the leading Porsches. ''It's a little bit different here in a GT car to a Formula Ford,'' said Barff, who last raced at Thruxton in 1993.
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