Team Parker Racing’s Seb Morris led the GT3 field in free practice one whilst Century Motorsport and Optimum Motorsport/ PMW Expo Racing topped the GT4 field.
The quickest lap times were set by the drivers at the beginning of the session and it remained dry throughout. There were only a few changes that occurred at the top of the timing screens which was headed by Seb Morris in his Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental. Morris’ best lap time was 1:34.419 which was two tenths quicker than Barwell Motorsport’s Phil Keen could manage in his Lamborghini. The Team Parker Racing driver’s lap time was already astoundingly a second quicker than the lap time for the GT3 field from last year.
Ross Gunn in his Beachdean AMR run Aston Martin spent most of the session inside the top three on the timing screens, his fastest time was just 0.033 seconds shy of Phil Keen’s. Late in the session Jonny Adam put in a late effort aboard his TF Sport Aston Martin which saw him jump ahead of Rob Bell on the live timing screens.
PFL Motorsport’s Jody Fanin and TF sport’s Jon Barnes rounded out the top seven, making it four V12 Aston Martin Vantages within the top seven on the live timing screens. In eighth place it was Luke Davenport aboard his Tolman Motorsport run Ginetta G55 GT3, he finished the first practice session 1.2 seconds behind leader Seb Morris.
The GT4 class was once again dominated by the teams running Ginetta G55s. Century Motorsport finished the session on top of the GT4 live timing screens with PMW Expo Racing/Optimum Motorsport closely behind. Mike Robinson started the session well and was leading on the timing screens until Nathan Freke hammered in a lap time of 1:43.999 to end the session just 0.032 seconds ahead of Robinson. Scott Malvern was running in second on the screens until Freke set his quickest lap time which bumped Malvern down to third. The Simpson Motorsport Ginetta was showing to be a little more than a tenth down on the pace setting G55 in the hands of Nathan Freke. This made people start to think that the Pro GT4 drivers qualifying session could be very interesting and surprising.
Jack Bartholomew and Jordan Albert were the first car that was not a Ginetta in the top four aboard their Beachdean Aston Martin. The duo were only half of a second off Freke’s impressive lap time. Jack Mitchell and Matty Graham in their Macmillan Racing Aston Martin rounded out the top five on the live timing screens.
Joey Foster made it four Ginettas inside the top six cars in his Lanan Racing run car. Next up was Ebor GT’s Abbie Eaton in their Maserati MC GranTuriso followed by Matthew George aboard the Generation AMR SuperRacing Vantage.
© Fay Tilley 29th May 2016.