McKane Breaks Carson Deadlock, Scores Silverstone Pole

Nathan McKane breaks the Carson Speedworks deadlock during Qualifying and will start tomorrow’s RAC Tourist Trophy on pole position.

The former Formula 1 driver took advantage of the pair of Carson Speedworks drivers both having their own troubles within the twenty minute session and put in a lap one second quicker than either of the factory Chevrolet drivers. Li Qi struggled in the middle sector on his quickest lap which resulted in his quickest lap being a full second behind the time set by McKane. After the session the Chinese driver stating that his Corvette was capable of a lap a half of a second clear of what McKane had done during the session. Qi will start the race from third position. Joey Alliot on the other hand, had to deal with slower cars on both of his runs, which results in him starting in tenth position for tomorrow’s race, 1.6 seconds off of the ultimate pace.

One of the real surprises from the session comes from the driver that will be starting alongside McKane on the first row of the grid. James Douglas put in his best qualifying performance in GT Super Series competition, doing one better than his performance at last year’s Round of Malaysia; which saw a Saleen 1-2-3 with Douglas qualifying third behind Antonio Reyna-Sanchez and Ai Tsukimura. It’s Douglas third straight qualifying session starting as the lead Independent runner, and will look to cement on the best track position he might get all season when he and Joel Melrose drive their TDR Saleen on Sunday.

The other big surprise also comes from the Independents field with Phil McCracken qualifying second in class and sixth overall. This is McCracken’s first time actively racing in a series in over two years when he took part in the all-comers Toyota Racing Series in South-East Asia and immediately made an impact at the Czechmate team in the first of his part-time appearances. His time beat out those set by former World Champions James James Davies in his return to Ferrari and Rhys Davies putting in his best qualifying performance in the Commonwealth Ford. The pair of Davies will start eighth and ninth respectively.

Joey Alliot was not the only one who faced issues with slower traffic during their quick laps. Winner in Brazil Matteo Rossi put in only the nineteenth quickest time in the session, more than two seconds off of the pace of his factory Aston Martin stablemate. Both GP Racing Listers also find themselves in the latter half of the thirty car field, Paul Travesen putting in the sixteenth quickest time and Fabian Rei only being capable of the twenty-third quickest time in the session.

Qualifying Results – RAC Tourist Trophy

12MNathan McKaneRavenwest1:55.585
255IJames DouglasTom Douglas+0.348
363MLi QiCarson+1.066
401MChris WinterSolvalou+1.213
525MAnton RobishaudPagani+1.222
617IPhil McCrackenCzechmate+1.256
703MEmma PescatoreSolvalou+1.438
828MJames James DaviesScuderia Italia+1.590
940MRhys DaviesMacMillan+1.626
1064MJoey AlliotCarson+1.636
1127MEvgeny RestovScuderia Italia+1.646
1224MAmato AgostiniPagani+1.754
1388IHarrison WilkinsonLKM+1.835
1432IKjeld AxelsenRMR+1.851
15555IAntonio Reyna-SanchezTom Douglas+1.965
1615MPaul TravesenGerald Pereria+1.965
1743MDarren Older Jr.MacMillan+2.085
183IMelanie BourneBoutsen Ginion+2.184
196MMatteo RossiGulf+2.301
2019IPeter OliverOliver+2.312
21007IJohn MagnusFalken Tire+2.313
2241IKoyomi SetouBest In The World+2.337
2314MFabian ReiGerald Pereria+2.507
2413INatsuki YanameWinton+2.733
2530IPaul JenkinsGlobex Scorpio+2.887
2634IArtesia MassOran+2.947
2716ILaurent SeronWestside+3.135
284IEliana DiazBoutsen Ginion+3.475
2945IPatrick FeldhofferEuromotor+3.899
3031IAlexis TantovichWinton+4.340