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NOVEMBER 27 2021

Gillett And Guerrero Claim Pole At Silverstone

An exciting hour of qualifying brought us action, drama and a powerful grid for tomorrow's Silverstone 1000km race. 

In the Group C class, Joe Gillett brought the #14 Porsche 956 to Pole Position, beating Pascal Mikula's #8 Porsche 956 by 0.053 seconds. Daniel Prieto's #18 Porsche 956 lines up third, 0.200 seconds behind Gillett.

The final qualifiers for Group C are the #4 Lancia LC2 of Armesto and Gomes, and the Nimrod NRAC2 of Maximilian Putrafki and Alfie Bevan.

In Group C Junior, Simon Core claimed the class Pole Position with the small but loud Mazda 717C. A time of 1:29.468 was fast enough to also line up ahead of the Group B BMW M1s of Andre Lagunzad and Aaron Curtis.

Missing from the qualifying were Filippo Marazzi and the #63 Alba, Rowan Linder and the #92 Porsche 930 and the duo of Bivona and Sopanen in their #5 Lancia. 

While Marazzi and Linder were spotted at the track and clocked practice times leading up to the race, rumors are going through the paddock that the Italian-Finnish duo never made an attempt to arrive at the track. In a comment to those rumors, the race director said there will be "harsh consequences if these rumors turn out true".

Massive Crash During Gold Star Qualifying; 
Driver Escapes Serious Injury

Qualifying for the Classic Motorsport Hub Gold Star Finale, the 1983 Silverstone 1000km race on November 28, was interrupted shortly before the end of the one-hour session when a hard crunch was heard through the paddock - a car had taken off and crashed upside-down into the barrier at Woodcote corner!

Marshalls quickly attended the crash site to find a smoking Nimrod NRA/C2B with Max Putrafki from West Germany inside it.

Putrafki was quickly transported to the track hospital where he was given the all-clear just after the checkered flag flew to award Joe Gillett his Pole Position. Fortunately, the only injury to the driver is a bruised wrist.

"I was just pushing for a good lap, because I knew I was improving through the first part of the lap. Then, suddenly, I had a lot of understeer going through Abbey, the car broke sideways over the grass, and next thing I knew, I was flying upside down. It was all very quiet in that moment."
- Maximilian Putrafki after being released from the track hospital

Pau Armesto in the #4 Lancia LC2 had a quiet qualifying. His highlight was being just barely able to avoid collecting the flying Nimrod of Putrafki.