TF Sport’s Jonny Adam and Derek Johnston showed some dominating pace in their GT3 Aston Martin during the second free practice session which made people start to wonder, will they really be able to get a second win in a row? … Meanwhile the Ginetta in the hands of Nathan Freke and Anna Walewska stole the show in GT4.
Jonny Adam, winner of Brands Hatch’s opening round and reigning driver’s champion, was content with third place during the first free practice session but came out and dominated the second free practice session. The Aston Martin finished the second free practice session ahead of everyone to take first place on the live timing screens.
His best lap time of 1:17.16 was a little under 0.3 seconds faster than Motorbase’s Ross Wylie. For the first fifty minutes of the practice session Wylie had been in first until Adam set his fastest lap.
Phil Keen in the Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan that he shares with Jon Minshaw ended the first free practice session in second place and ended the second session in third. Once again Rob Bell assisted in getting the Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse Mclaren 650S to finish in fourth but only a second off of Jonny Adam’s first place time. An incredible lap from Will Moore in the Optimum Motorsport run Audi made it four different manufacturers inside the top five.
Beachdean AMR’s Ross Gunn set a fastest lap time saw him finish just 0.002 seconds behind Moore’s Audi to finish sixth and ahead of Jody Fanin aboard the PFL Motorsport run Vantage to finish seventh. Eighth on the live timing screens was Joe Osborne in the AmDTuning.com BMW Z4.
Pace setter from the morning practice session Adam Carroll finished the session in ninth place. Whilst an unspecified engine issue prevented Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes in the TF Sport Aston Martin from completing any laps during the session.
Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris were unable to partake in the session and will not be taking part in the qualifying session after Parfitt Jnr’s accident during free practice one.
Once again in the GT4 class Nathan Freke and Anna Walewska stole the show in the opening laps of the session before a fuel pump gave way and side lined the pair in the closing minutes from completing the session. Freke set a 1:23.185 lap time during the session, it was still half a second quicker than his lap time from the first practice session and four tenths up on Mike Robinson and Graham Johnson’s PMW World Expo/Optimum Motorsport run Ginetta G55, which finished second in class.
Once again Nick Jones and Scott Malvern set a fastest lap time to ensure the same trio ended the session as they did in free practice one. Although Scott Malvern’s lap time was only 0.067 seconds too slow to take second. Meanwhile, the fully rebuilt Generation AMR Macmillan Racing’s Aston Martin finished the session fourth in the hands of Jack Mitchell and Matthew Graham.
Century Motorsport’s Aleksander Schjerpen and Ian Byrne finished in fifth place to make it two Century run cars within the top five. Meanwhile Jake Giddings proved his pace with a sixth place finish for JWBird Motorsport.
©Fay Tilley 30th April 2016.