Peter Kyle-Henney at Brands Hatch GPAs the team’s readied the tyres in the pit lane for qualifying spots of rain began to fall and all of a sudden we were wondering what might be about to happen. As it happened the spots stopped and we had a dry qualifying but with a damp track the times were drastically different by the end of the half hour session. 

After Paul Rees set the initial pace running on full wets the track turned and the cars running on slicks, including both Parr Motorsport entries, began to rise to the top of the times. Proceedings were temporarily halted when Jake Hill spun off the track at 120mph but soon after the session restarted and all the cars charged out. Pepe was one of the drivers really able to get on top of the tricky conditions setting a number of fastest sectors to top the times before pitting for new tyres.

“It wasn’t certain when we went out after I missed the Friday dry running,” said Pepe. “Going out on slick I didn’t know what to expect and just had to deal with the conditions I found myself in. On the first set I was P1 and purple in the sectors so it felt really good.”

When he rejoined the track he unfortunately ran wide and off the circuit so we would not be able to see how scintillatingly quick the young Spaniard would be when the track was at it’s best.  “I was pushing, pushing, pushing to get some temperature into the tyres,” said Pepe. At the exit of Sheene corner I just got onto the grass and into the gravel and I was stuck there. It wasn’t a disaster though so I’ll take the positives and we’ll look forward to tomorrow.

Peter Kyle-Henney fared even better in the ProAm2 class taking a brace of pole positions at the end of the session. “Two pole positions is a nice way to finish the last qualifying session,”said Peter. “The car was brilliant, yesterday we were struggling a little with the setup with the changeable weather but today it was perfect for the conditions we have so it was quite straight-forward to put a time in. The track was getting faster and faster but you still had to chase the times because you never know if you are going to get a red flag which is what we had. You couldn’t wait until the end so the only decision point was when to change onto the second set. We called it late but with two laps we had just enough time to switch the tyres on and it worked out well.”

“It was really good session in some very tough conditions,” added team boss Paul Robe. “It was very new to Peter for sure. We had to send him out on slicks in very difficult conditions and to see him push hard was great because on the first set he did really well. When he came in he was P1 in the class which was excellent. Whilst we were changing tyres Steve popped in a lap to go quicker but Peter came good on his second set and banged it in on pole. 

Pepe had the problems yesterday morning so we didn’t get any dry running which was annoying because we knew it may be a drying track today and sure enough it was. So he went out on slicks in an unknown situation and he responded magnificently setting some very quick times until he unfortunately touched the grass on his second set of tyres.

Peter Kyle-Henney goes into the final two rounds leading the ProAm2 championship. If he can finish in front of rival Steven Liquorish in both will take the title in his first season of Carrera Cup. Watch the race live on ITV4 on Sunday at 10.35 and 16:17 and follow on tsl-timing.co.uk.