Adam Carroll made his presence known on Saturday morning in his Barwell Motorsport run Lamborghini Huracan as he topped the time sheets. This brought a Barwell 1-2 as the sister Lamborghini finished the session in second. Meanwhile, in GT4 Nathan Freke set the fastest lap time in the Century Motorsport Ginetta he shares with Anna Walewska.
During this weekend Adam Carroll is making his debut with the Barwell Motorsport team after signing a deal seeing him replace Fabio Babini for two rounds of the season before Alexander Sims takes to the wheel at Silverstone for the remainder of the season. With just five minutes of the hour long practice session remaining Carroll put the fastest lap time in to put the #6 Lamborghini into first, knocking teammates Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw down to second. Carroll topped their time with a lap time just 0.075 seconds faster.
Jonny Adam and Derek Johnston in the TF Sport race winning Aston Martin were topping the times at the beginning of the hour long session but settled for third at the end of the practice session. Although they finished third they were only 0.136 seconds behind Carroll’s fastest time.
PFL Motorsport’s Aston Martin V12 Vantage was seen to be running really well and appeared to be strong. They finished the session in fourth place on the live timing screens.
Team Parker Racing’s Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt Jnr were running strong until Parfitt Jnr hit some oil a fellow competitor had laid down leaving him as just a passenger as the Bentley spun off into a barrier at Gracelands. Nevertheless, the duo finished the practice session in fifth despite having the accident. Once the Bentley was recovered the team were able to assess the damage it had occurred. Upon inspection they realised the car had suffered chassis damage. This meant that the team were unable to do any sort of quick repair to the car, Morris and Parfitt Jnr missed both the free practice session and the qualifying session. However, the team were determined to get the car repaired and on the grid ready for the race. This forced the Brands Hatch poke winning car to start at the back of the GT3 grid.
The Mclaren 650S GT3 car in the hands of Rob Bell and Alasdair McCaig was 0.8 seconds off of the car ahead in the session but comfortably clear of the cars behind. The Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse run car was showing some really good pace ahead of the race. They ended the session in seventh place with Mike Simpson and Ian Stinton’s Ginetta run by Tolman Motorsport behind in eighth. In ninth place at the end of the session was Beachdean AMR’s Aston Martin in the hands of Andrew Howard and Ross Gunn.
In the GT4 field Nathan Freke showed some dominating pace as he topped the class times by an impressive 0.422 seconds. He and Anna Walewska claimed pole position at Brands Hatch but were unable to fend off Graham Johnson at the Kent based circuit. During this session at Rockingham they were proving that maybe they could be the team to win the race for the GT4 Class.
Simpson Motorsport finished the practice session in second place behind the dominating Century Motorsport Ginetta. Meanhwile, Jake Giddings had brought the JW Bird Motorsport run Aston Martin to an impressive fourth in class and only a tenth behind third place.
Ciaran Haggerty and Sandy Mitchell in the Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse run Mclaren 570S GT4 were only 0.066 seconds behind in fifth place. However, they were less than a hundredth of a second ahead of Joey Foster in the Lanan Racing run Ginetta. Jack Bartholomew and Jordan Albert at the wheel of the Beachdean AMR Aston Martin finished in seventh place followed by Jamie Chadwick and Matthew George at the wheel of the Generation AMR Super Racing Aston Martin rounded out the top eight.
© Fay Tilley 30th April 2016.