TF Sport’s Jonny Adam left it late in the second free practice session to top the times in the GT3 class. In GT4 Matthew George aboard the Generation AMR SuperRacing run Aston Martin topped the times late in the session. During Adam’s final timed lap, he managed to set the fastest time, not only of the session but it was quicker than the fastest times in the whole field during the earlier free practice session. Adam shares the Aston Martin with Derek Johnston, the pairing have been noticeably successful during the start of the season. The Scottish driver set a fastest lap time of 2:01.330 to finish the fifty-minute session ahead of Team Parker Racing’s Callum MacLeod in the Bentley Continental just 0.362 seconds slower than Adam. The sister Bentley driven by MacLeod and Ian Loggie is making its one off outing in the British GT this weekend. The Bentley was six tenths ahead of Alexander Sims’s best lap time in free practice one.
Phil Keen aboard the Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini put in the third fastest time but the team had a disaster occur when Liam Griffin in the sister Lamborghini was side swiped by a European GT4 Series BMW, forcing the car to spend most of free practice two inside the garage being repaired.
Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse’s Rob Bell finished the session in fourth but showed that the McLaren 650S could be a contender for pole position during qualifying after lapping just 0.571 seconds behind Adam’s time. Four tenths back from Bell was Joe Osborne’s BMW Z4 in fifth.
Adam Carroll posted the sixth fastest time in GT3, this was impressive considering the FF Corse team were still continuing to work on the new Ferrari 488’s balance and set ups as it makes its debut in the championship. Next up in GT3 was Beachdean AMR’s Ross Gunn in seventh ahead of the second Team Parker Racing Bentley in the hands of Seb Morris.
Generation AMR continued to prove what their young stars are capable of after Graham topped the first practice session and then in free practice two Matthew George of the SuperRacing team topped the GT4 class times. George topped the times with just five minutes of the session remaining. His fastest lap time was 2:13.603, nobody was able to top the time during the final five minutes of the session. George’s lap time in FP2 was exactly a tenth down on Matty Graham’s fastest time from earlier in the day but was 0.4 seconds quicker than the McLaren 570S of Ciaran Haggerty and Sandy Mitchell. The Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse duo finished the session second in class.
Jake Giddings for JWBird Motorsport had been first in class before dropping to third in his Aston Martin Vantage. Beachdean AMR drivers Jack Bartholomew and Jordan Albert finished in fifth overall but fourth in the British GT GT4 class making it three Aston Martin V8 Vantages in the top four places in the British GT GT4 class. Alex Reed and Joey Foster in their Lanan Racing Ginetta were next on the timing screens in seventh but fifth in the British GT GT4 class they were a seconds down on George’s fastest lap time. Marcus Hoggarth and Abbie Eaton aboard the Ebor GT Maserati finished in sixth. In seventh in the British GT GT4 class but eighth overall was the Optimum Motorsport/PMW Expo Racing Ginetta of Mike Robinson and Graham Johnson. Rounding out the top eight of the British GT GT4 class was Generation AMR Macmillan Racing’s Matty Graham and Jack Mitchell, the duo rounded out the overall top ten of the GT4 class.
The session was dominated by the British GT entries with only two of the GT4 European Series cars finishing the session within the top ten.
©Fay Tilley 11th June 2016.