By James Broomhead
April 21 (Bloomberg) — In qualifying for the second race of the Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship Javier Morcillo took pole position by a little over half a second from the 45-minute session qualifying session.
Morcillo and the Neil Garner Motorsport/Strata 21 he shares with Manuel Cintrano and Paul White Mosler MT900 came to the fore in the second half of the session, Morcillo taking pole position, then extending his advantage in three successive laps of 1:06.903, 1:06.275 and finally 1:05.318 with thirteen minutes remaining.
Jumping from the bottom of the top five to pole position Morcillo initially led a tightly packed lead quartet. The Ian Heward/Mike Millard Rapier SR2 was second, the orange works Ginetta third and the Paul Bailey and Andy Schulz Ferrari fourth fastest all covered by a little over two tenths.
“I was almost dead flat downhill through the Craner Curves,” Morcillo said. “I’m not very proud of not making it totally flat for once but apart from that I’m very happy. I didn’t think we would get pole position. Andy did a fantastic time – I do not think there are many Ferrari’s faster than that around Donington, it’s not a place for the Ferrari. I wasn’t expecting it to be the Ferrari, I was expecting the Ginetta to be really fast – that’s a fantastic car.”
Morcillo’s rapid improvement cleaved a gulf in the top four. His full advantage remaining intact until the no.17 Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G55 improved to 1:06.395. Also late improvers were the works Ginetta, slotting into fourth to form an all Ginetta second row. Andy Schulz moved the black SB Race Engineering Ferrari into second on the final lap, just a half second off the pace of the Mosler.