Seb Morris topped the opening practice session of the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps in the GT3 class aboard his Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental. The session was terminated early after a fairly serious and heavy accident happened. In GT4 it was Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse’s Ciaran Haggerty on top of the times. An early red flag to remove debris off of the circuit before a permanent stoppage had to happen after barriers were damaged quite a bit. This meant that the teams and drivers were unable to get a great deal of running in over the scheduled fifty-minute session. Morris had also topped the times during the official test day for the 24 Hours of Spa earlier in the week.
The first of the Lamborghini Huracans run by Barwell Motorsport finished the session in second with Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen at the wheel, they were 0.4 seconds behind Morris. Alasdair McCaig and Rob Bell in their Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse run McLaren 650S finished the session in third, the last of the drivers able to dip into the 2:21 lap times. AmDTuning.com’s Lee Mowle and Joe Osborne aboard the BMW Z4 and the second Barwell Motorsport run Huracan of Liam Griffin and Alexander Sims rounded out the top five competitors. Next up were the two Grasser Racing Team (GRT) Lamborghinis, which are making their debut this weekend.
The main thing people were talking about from the session was the concern of the TF Sport championship leading Aston Martin and the #24 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental after both were involved in the heavy accident which brought an abrupt end to the session. Both cars sustained heavy damage when they spun on oil and collided with the barriers on the approach to Les Combes. Both Callum Macleod and Derek Johnston were luckily able to walk away without any injuries. Although it is unlikely that either car will partake in the qualifying session later in the day.
The interrupted and shortened session restricted the opportunities for the British GT GT4 class competitors to set good lap times. Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse’s Ciaran Haggerty managed to set a fastest lap time of 2:33.651 to top the times in his McLaren 570S, his lap time was two seconds faster than the existing class lap record around the Belgian circuit. A group of the GT4 European Series entries filled the GT4 positions from second to eighth place, with the next British GT entry being Nathan Freke and Anna Walewska’s Century Motorsport Ginetta. They were 2.1 seconds behind Haggerty’s fastest lap time. Generation AMR SuperRacing’s James Holder and Matthew George in their Aston Martin made it three different manufacturers inside the top British GT GT4 entries. The Lanan Racing Ginetta and Team Parker Racing’s Porsche Cayman rounded out the top five.
©Fay Tilley 8th July 2016.