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Brent gets the full Millage with debut pole at Spa Francorchamps as Davidson continues run
Friday 9th June 2017
A delighted Brent Millage secured pole position in Group GTA on his first flying lap in a GT car in the dry around the fabled Spa Francorchamps in Belgium.
“It’s my first pole and only my second year in GT,” said Millage. “I’ve only been here once on a track day four years ago! It’s my first proper dry session, I got pole and I’m 60 years of age – yes!”
After a wet practice session in the morning, the sun was shining brightly for qualifying, with space at a premium as the Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup Championship also joined the GT Cup cars. Graham Davidson made use of the prototypes to find the fastest lines around the circuit, securing pole in Group GTO and claimed fastest GT car honours..
“It was really good, the first time I’ve driven here in a race car in the dry,” said the championship leader. “To go through Eau Rouge at that sort of speed was crazy! I didn’t take any risks or push too hard. The LMP3 cars gave me a great example, so I used them as a benchmark for braking and turn-in points and learned the track quite quickly that way. Instead of dropping a gear for Blanchimont I was staying in sixth and just lifting – it’s terrifying!”
Tom Webb took pole in Group GTB, but felt there was more to come from his BMW. “This morning was fun but it was really difficult,” he said. “We didn’t really get up to full speed in this session.
“We didn’t quite seem to get the car to connect and work as a package, so we might make some changes for tomorrow. Fuel will be tight and the extra 10 minutes might mean a bit of fuel saving.”
Group GTC was headed by Graham Lucking and Leyton Clarke, with Lucking explaining: “The balance was perfect for me, we’re delighted. It was terrific after this morning’s session when nobody had any grip – I had a mega moment at the top of Radillion when I got sideways on the water in fifth! Bearing in mind where we were after Brands Hatch with the entire rear of the car being re-built, everyone has done a fantastic job to get us here today.”
It was Millage however who had the biggest smile at the end of the day. “The car felt brilliant, I finished the out-lap, had some pace and pushed as hard as I possibly could. The time popped up and no one was more surprised than myself! What an experience, to do this at Spa is a bit special. The lads set the car up, I just have to drive it!”
1: Graham Davidson – McLaren MP4/12C GT3 – 2m 25.055s
2: Richard Chamberlain – Porsche 935 – 2m 26.911s
3: Nigel Hudson / Adam Wilcox – Aston Martin GT3 – 2m 27.937s
1: Graham Lucking / Leyton Clarke – Ferrari 458 GTC – 2m 28.690s
2: Chris Papageorgiou / Andy Demetriou – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – 2m 33.498s
3: Laurent de Meeus / Jamie Stanley – Ferrari 458 GTC – 2m 36.099s
1: Tom Webb – BMW M3 E46 GTR – 2m 31.966s
2: Warren Gilbert / Jo Bölting – Marcos Mantos – 2m 35.140s
3: John Saunders / Patrick Scharfegger – Ginetta G50 – 2m 38.673s
1: Brent Millage – Ginetta G55 GT4 – 2. 34.293s
2: Dominic Paul – Ginetta G55 GT4 – 2m 36.027s
3: Stewart / Lewis Proctor – McLaren GT 570S GT4 – 2m 36.513s