Liam Talbot and John Martin have secured their spot in the this afternoon’s Top 10 Shootout for the Hampton Downs 500 after putting the Mega Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R on provisional pole position in Qualifying.
The first of the Qualifying sessions for the higher rated drivers got underway in extremely torrential rain, with the cars almost tip toeing around the circuit.
Gene Rollinson fell early victim to the treacherous conditions when he spun his Trass Family Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3 on the exit of Turn 6, collecting the concrete wall and tearing the front end off the car.
This caused a red flag, as the rain continued to bucket down, with conditions far from improving.
When the session resumed, Martin jumped to the top in the Mega Racing Porsche with a 1:44.843, while the positions behind chopped and changed continuously.
Jaxon Evans held onto second in the Jamec Pem Audi before being pipped by Alvaro Parente, (YNA Autosport McLaren 650s) who was then bettered by Johnny Reid (International Motorsport Audi R8 LMS Ultra) and Brad Shiels (AMAC Motorsport Porsche 911).
Evans jumped back up to second on his final lap, while Reid also improved as well as Parente who claimed second at the chequered flag.
Reid nabbed third, from Evans and Shiels, while Steven Richards (Laser Racing BMW M6 GT3) was sixth fastest ahead of the Eggleston Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Dominic Storey in seventh.
Session number two began in conditions just as wet as the previous one, with no sign of the rain letting up anytime soon.
The first stoppage came when Neil Foster spun his Audi R8 LMS Ultra on the exit of Turn 10, the car ending up in the muddy grass and needing recovery.
As soon as the session restarted, another red flag was thrown when championship leader Tim Miles lost control on the back straight while running through standing water.
The car shot across into the concrete barrier and came to a rest on the opposite side of the road, just before Turn 2, with major damage to the front left of the Jamec Pem Audi.
Talbot ended up fastest with a 1:46.064, from Fraser Ross and Peter Hackett in second and third respectively.
Dylan O’Keeffe finished fourth fastest, while Miles set the fifth quickest time before he crashed out.
More to follow…