Dumas beat triple British Touring Automotive champion Gordon Shedden to pole as Ford Galaxie 500s dominated observe for the touring vehicles of the 1960-66 period. However engine issues prevented Shedden from beginning and Dumas made a poor getaway.
That briefly allowed GT ace Frank Stippler’s Alfa Romeo Giulia Dash GTA into the lead however Dumas quickly blasted the seven-litre V8 to the entrance on the primary run to Fordwater.
Whereas Dumas pulled clear, 2013 BTCC champion Andrew Jordan’s Ford Lotus Cortina and Stippler battled over second, with the Cortina of World Rally Championship driver Craig Breen shut behind.
Stippler received a run on Jordan out of Madgwick on lap 4 of 17, securing the spot approaching Fordwater earlier than edging away. He then nibbled away on the chief’s hole and, with the assistance of visitors, was with the Galaxie within the closing levels.
However Dumas held on to present co-driver Fred Shepherd (who was quickest in his observe session) a bonus of zero.678 seconds to defend in Sunday’s second half.
“I used to be very completely satisfied to see the chequered flag,” stated Dumas. “The Galaxie is such a special automotive – I had to put it aside as a result of I used to be afraid of the brakes and didn’t have a lot brakes left on the finish.”
Stippler stated: “The automotive was fairly sturdy, however Romain is such a implausible driver. The GTA is considered one of my favorite vehicles and it’s a pleasure to be right here.”
Jordan accomplished the rostrum forward of Breen, whereas ex-Components 1 racer Esteban Gutierrez made it two Alfas within the high 5 after overcoming tin-top legend Steve Soper’s Cortina.
Sportscar racers Nicolas Minassian (Alfa) and Neel Jani (Cortina, up from 16th), Components E champion Stoffel Vandoorne (Cortina, up from 24th) and ex-F1 racer Max Chilton (Cortina) accomplished the highest 10.
Alex Brundle and Andre Lotterer battled to be one of the best of the Mini Cooper S contingent all through the race, with Lotterer finally taking it in 12th general.
Johnson had certified sixth and ran fifth within the early levels earlier than changing into the second Galaxie to hit mechanical drama. He’ll get one other race tomorrow, sharing an AC Cobra with Shaun Lynn in Sunday’s one-hour RAC Vacationer Trophy Celebration.