NOVEMBER 27 2021
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".
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.