Trackspeed pair Ashburn and Westbrook fastest in British GT Free Practice 2 at Spa

8 07 2011

Defending champion Ashburn wants to extend his lead at Snetterton

Defending champion Ashburn and co-driver Westbrook were fastest in FP2 at Spa

REIGNING British GT Champion David Ashburn and Porsche co-driver Richard Westbrook hit back in Free Practice Two clocking the fastest lap in their Trackspeed Porsche.

A lap of 2.23.490 around the four mile Spa circuit was enough for top spot in Free Practice Two but the lap was still half a second off the quickest time of the day posted by Matt Griffin in the MTECH Ferrari 458 in the first session.

The Trackspeed Porsche headed the timesheets, a tenth ahead of rivals Hector Lester and Allan Simonsen in their Rosso Verde Ferrari. Third in the session was the sister Trackspeed Porsche of Gregor Fisken and Tim Bridgman ahead of the pace setter Griffin in fourth.

The session as a whole was generally slower as teams tinkered with setup to find that extra tenth that will be vital in qualifying later today.

Griffin was delighted to have the fastest lap before qualifying but knows it will be a tough session ahead given the number of the cars on track.

He tweeted: “Great start to British GT race at spa, fastest by .5. Looking forward to qualifying although traffic will be difficult as 55 cars on track!”

Championship leaders Matt Bell and Mike Guasch were down in fifth but their United Autosports team-mates John Bintcliffe and Jay Palmer had clutch problems forcing them out of the session.

The Predator CCTV Racing Ferrari 430 of Adam Wilcox and Phil Burton who missed the first session are now undergoing a clutch change in the hope of being race ready for qualifying.

In GT4, the Lotus of Ollie Jackson and Phil Glew set the best time, a second clear of the Dan Denis/David McDonald Ginetta.

Elsewhere in GT4, it was a sad end to the weekend for Michael Mallock and Athanasios Ladas in their ABG Motorsport KTM as they retired for the event with major engine problems.

Free Practice 2 Results

GT3

1  Trackspeed Porsche  David Ashburn/Richard Westbrook  2m 23.490s

2  Rosso Verde Ferrari  Hector Lester/Allan Simonsen (DEN)  2m 23.602s

3  Trackspeed Porsche  Gregor Fisken/Tim Bridgman  2m 23.770s

4  MTECH Ferrari  Duncan Cameron/Matt Griffin (IRL)  2m 23.844s

5  CRS Racing Ferrari  Andrew Tate/Alex Mortimer  2m 24.241s

6  McLaren GT McLaren MP4-12C  Chris Goodwin/Andrew Kirkaldy  2m 24.305s

7  Beechdean Aston Martin  Andrew Howard/Jonny Adam  2m 25.023s

8  United Autosports Audi  Mike Guasch (USA)/Matt Bell  2m 25.433s

9  Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari  Michael Lyons/Charles Bateman  2m 25.888s

10 CRS Racing Ferrari  Jim Geddie/Glynn Geddie  2m 26.524s etc

GT3B

1  MTECH Ferrari  John Dhillon/Aaaron Scott  2m 28.990s

GT4

1  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Ollie Jackson/Phil Glew  2m 35.676s

2  Scuderia Vittoria Ginetta  Dan Denis/David McDonald  2m 36.684s

3  Barwell/Secure Aston Martin  Peter Erceg/Chris Holmes  2m 37.640s etc

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United Autosports take Snetterton victory after late flag drama robs Geddie’s Ferrari

15 05 2011

United Autosports celebrate a maiden British GT win for the Guasch/Bell Audi © Jakob Ebrey

United Autosports celebrate a maiden British GT win for the Guasch/Bell Audi © Jakob Ebrey

The United Autosports Audi of Mike Gausch and Matt Bell took their maiden British GT victory at Snetterton after a dramatic final lap which saw CRS Racing’s Ferrari 458 called into the pits from the lead.

Glynn Geddie who had qualified on pole and led for most of the race was orange and black flagged to repair the damage to the front of his car. The Ferrari pitted on the last lap and allowed the Guasch/Bell Audi to sneak through and hold on to win by three seconds.

The ever impressive Allan Simonsen and Hector Lester marched up through the field to take a well deserved podium in the Rosso Verde Ferrari, just under five seconds ahead of the Jones’ Mercedes.

The sister Audi of John Bintcliffe and Jay Palmer finished fourth, with Iain Dockerill and Steven Kane’s Ferrari and the Howard/Adam Aston Martin in fifth and sixth respectively.

Eighth went to the sole GT3-B runner of Aaron Scott and John Dhillon who’s older car proved to be more reliable than the newer untested cars, showing it is as much about consistency as raw pace in the longer endurance races.

The Geddies cut a dejected figure on the podium after the last lap drama © Jakob Ebrey

The Geddies cut a dejected figure on the podium after the last lap drama © Jakob Ebrey

The gruelling two hours took its toll on the field as numerous cars retired throughout the race, none more high profile than MTECH Racing’s Matt Griffin who had been within three tenths of the lead before collecting an out of control Aston Martin into the first corner and retiring with fluid leaking out of the car.

This took the pressure off Glynn Geddie who looked to have victory sealed as he opened up a 40 second lead over the Audi helped by a drive through penalty for the United Autosports team for a yellow flag infringement. But the late pitlane drama for the broken front end cost the Geddie family, and their new Ferrari 458, a win from pole position.

Oulton Park winners Michael Lyons and Charles Bateman in their Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari 458 were forced out of the race with rear suspension failure whilst pre-race championship leaders Trackspeed, were out of the race after only eight laps as their difficult weekend was compounded as their two Porsche’s collided at Williams forcing a double retirement.

In GT4, Peter Belshaw and Marcus Clutton took the honours for ABG Motorsport with the two Lotus Sport UK cars, at their home track, completing the podium. Michael Mallock clocked the fastest lap in the class but a puncture prevented a GT4 victory.

Round Three Results, Snetterton

GT3

1  United Autosports Audi  Mike Guasch (USA)/Matt Bell  2h 01m 48.407s / 84.82mph

2  CRS Racing Ferrari  Jim Geddie/Glynn Geddie  +2.946s

3  Rosso Verde Ferrari  Hector Lester/Allan Simonsen (DEN)  +14.761s

4  Preci-Spark Mercedes  David Jones/Godfrey Jones  +19.518s

5  United Autosports Audi  John Bintcliffe/Jay Palmer  +1m 11.666s

6  Chad Racing Ferrari  Iain Dockerill/Steven Kane  +1m 32.177s

7  Beechdean Aston Martin  Andrew Howard/Jonny Adam  +1m 49.674s

8  MTECH Ferrari (GT3B)  John Dhillon/Aaron Scott  57 laps

9  Century Team LNT  Florian Renauer (AUT)/Michael Drabing (AUT)  55 laps

10  Predator CCTV Ferrari  Phil Burton/Adam Wilcox  53 laps etc

Fastest lap: MTech Ferrari  Matt Griffin  1m 51.640s

GT4

1  ABG Motorsport KTM  Peter Belshaw/Marcus Clutton  56 laps

2  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Leyton Clarke/Freddy Nordstrom  56 laps

3  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Ollie Jackson/Jack Drinkall  55 laps

4  ABG Motorsport KTM  Athanasios Ladas (GRE)/Michael Mallock  53 laps

GT Cup

1  Chevron Racing Chevron  Jordan Witt/Anthony Reid  40 laps





Geddie and CRS Racing celebrate maiden pole in their new Ferrari 458 at Snetterton

14 05 2011

Glynn Geddie

Geddie took his maiden pole of the season in the new Ferrari 458 © Malcolm Griffiths

CRS Racing and the Geddie family celebrated a pole position at Snetterton in their new Ferrari 458 Italia for the two hour British GT race tomorrow (Sunday 15 May) after clocking a lap half a second faster than the rest of the field.

The pole position represents an impressive turnaround by the CRS team having only taken delivery of their new car on Friday and such a dominant display will delight the father/son driver pairing.

The CRS Ferrari 458 beat the United Autosports Audi R8 of Mike Gausch and Matt Bell and the Rosso Verde Ferrari 430 of Hector Lester and Allan Simonsen into second and third respectively at the Norfolk circuit.

Unpredictable weather in the earlier practice sessions had left fans unsure of who had an ultimate pace but it was Glynn Geddie who posted a 1.50.929 in qualifying before a red flag stopped proceedings.

A Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 stopped out on track and halted the 30 minute qualifying period and the teams returned to the pits before charging out again to try and steal pole.

But it was not to be and Geddie held on for his maiden pole of the season. He told the official site: “We took a bit of a gamble with the set-up and it worked.

“We made good improvements in the session, which is a positive for the team, which has worked so hard today. We only got the car at eight o’clock last night, so to put it on pole is a good reward for them.”

The biggest disappointment was Trackspeed who had been first and second in Free Practice Two but only the #1 car of defending champion David Ashburn and Phil Keen made it into the top 10.

Seeing the Ferrari 458’s pace at the hands of Geddie must have been tough for MTECH Racing and Matt Griffin who managed to qualify fifth but gearbox problems hampered their running in an undoubtedly quick car.

Mallock and Ladas will pair up again the KTM X-Bow

Mallock demonstrated his talent again in the KTM X-Bow taking GT4 pole

Elsewhere, the sole competitor in the GT3-B class, the Ferrari 430 of Aaron Scott and John Dhillon qualified a respectable 15th, only four seconds off the pace of the pole sitter.

In GT4, the impressive Michael Mallock put his KTM X-Bow on pole as the sister ABG Motorsport KTM locked out the front row. The Lotus Evora, in its home county, was third at the hands of Leyton Clarke.

Whilst qualifying well is always important in motorsport, the two hour endurance race tomorrow around a circuit unfamiliar to all the drivers should provide some thrilling racing.

Round 3 Qualifying

GT3

1  CRS Racing Ferrari  Jim Geddie/Glynn Geddie  1m 50.929s

2  United Autosports Audi  Mike Guasch (USA)/Matt Bell  1m 51.398s

3  Rosso Verde Ferrari  Hector Lester/Allan Simonsen (DEN)  1m 51.427s

4  Vantage Racing Aston Martin  Tom Black/Stuart Hall  1m 51.829s

5  MTECH Ferrari  Duncan Cameron/Matt Griffin (IRL)  1m 51.935s

6  Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari  Michael Lyons/Charles Bateman  1m 52.073s

7  Beechdean Aston Martin  Andrew Howard/Jonny Adam  1m 52.210s

8  Predator CCTV Ferrari  Phil Burton/Adam Wilcox  1m 52.251s

9  Chad Racing Ferrari  Iain Dockerill/Steven Kane  1m 52.369s

10  Trackspeed Porsche  David Ashburn/Phil Keen  1m 52.428s etc

GT3B

1  MTECH Ferrari  John Dhillon/Aaaron Scott  1m 55.178s

GT Cup

1  Chevron Racing Chevron  Jordan Witt/Anthony Reid  1m 58.301s

GT4

1  ABG Motorsport KTM  Athanasios Ladas (GRE)/Michael Mallock  1m 59.706s

2  ABG Motorsport KTM  Peter Belshaw/Marcus Clutton  1m 59.725s

3  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Leyton Clarke/Freddy Nordstrom  2m 00.047s

4  Scuderia Vittoria Ginetta  Dan Denis/David McDonald  2m 01.369s

5  Century Motorsport Ginetta  Josh Wakefield/Jake Rattenbury  2m 02.274s

6  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Ollie Jackson/Jack Drinkall  2m 02.285s





INSIDE TRACK: A look back at a thrilling weekend in the British GT at Oulton Park

1 05 2011

The full British GT grid was a wonderful site at the opening race in Cheshire

The full British GT grid was a wonderful site at the opening race in Cheshire

WITH the dust well and truly settled at Oulton Park after an enthralling two Easter Monday races, I thought I would take a look back at the weekend and what happened off the track and dish out some awards to the most entertaining events of the day.

Almost as anticipated as Friday’s Royal Wedding, my BritishGT race awards are given out after each race weekend in a range of categories depending on what I saw in the paddock as I wandered around in the sunshine.

The race itself provided the media with enough to talk about with safety cars, crashes, new cars and some overtaking so the first awards I think should go to my car and driver of the day.

With so many new cars on the grid, Car of the Day was always going to be a tricky one to decide but for sheer race pace I think the Ferrari 458 deserves it, as well as it looking sensational. Matt Griffin in Race One was dominating from the back and catching the leaders and in Race Two Michael Lyons and Charles Bateman won from the back of the grid.

Just for the record, the closest car to taking this award other than the Ferrari was the safety car, I think it probably led more laps than any other car on the circuit all day!

Driver of the Day was slightly harder because there was some great racing from all competitors right through the field. Lyons in his Ferrari was blistering in Race Two on debut, Phil Burton scythed his way through the field for Predator CCTV Racing in Race One, Richard Westbrook was a class above at times in the Trackspeed Porsche and Michael Mallock was three seconds quicker a lap than anyone else in GT4.

But the winner for his performance in Race Two in the new Audi R8 LMS was American Michael Gausch as he put in some scintillating laps to recover from a team pit stop error to finish third, backing up a strong second place in Race One.

Elsewhere Villain of the Day went to the ever-popular Jones brothers in their German tank. A vicious move at Lodge Corner on the poor little Porsche sent Tim Bridgman off into the gravel with a broken steering rack. After the race Gregor Fisken showed me the wheel which was completely buckled. Godfrey and David Jones, British GT stalwarts are well known for their aggressive driving and in the new Mercedes beast, they have the perfect ramming device!

Team of the Day was a tricky one too, both ABG Motorsport and Trackspeed deserve a mention for their tireless work between races to get their broken cars ready to race. Trackspeed were still fixing their #2 Porsche in the pitlane before Race Two and ABG had a host of problems with the Mallock/Ladas KTM before getting it out ready to take a podium in the GT4. Overall I think for their persistence all weekend, ABG will have to take the honours.

Comedy Moment of the Day has a top three. Coming in third was David Ashburn and his Trackspeed coloured Segway which he drove around the paddock throughout the day looking delighted with himself. We hate to say it, but in true You’ve Been Framed style, it would have made it to Number One had there been a fall!

Tim Bridgman’s trip across the Fosters Loop and the commentators delight in renaming the corner Bridgman’s for the remainder of the race was in second place. The then incessant text flashing up on the timing screens of various members of the Trackspeed team to report to Race Control added to the chuckling in the media centre.

However, first place is the antics of the podium girl who, everytime the champagne was uncorked, dashed away like Usain Bolt from the celebrations to save her hair, screaming “It’s happened too many times before!”

Oulton Park Podium - Comedy Moment of the Day

Comedy Moment of the Day - Now you see her...

Oulton Park Podium Champagne

...now you don't!

Awards

Car of the Day: Ferrari 458

Driver of the Day: Michael Guash

Villain of the Day: David and Godfrey Jones

Team of the Day: ABG Motorsport

Comedy Moment of the Day: Podium girl’s 100m dash





Westbrook and Ashburn win Race One after exciting season opener at Oulton Park

25 04 2011

Ashburn and Westbrook celebrate Race One victory

Ashburn and Westbrook celebrate Race One victory on the podium

DEFENDING champion David Ashburn and teammate Richard Westbrook steered their Trackspeed Porsche to victory in the opening race of the new British GT season in an enthralling race.

The Trackspeed Porsche which had started second behind the new Ferrari 458 of Michael Lyons and Charles Bateman jumped the leaders during the pit stops and never looked back as Westbrook held off a late charge from Matt Bell in the Audi R8 to win by 1.5 seconds.

Jonathan Adam completed the podium but sadly will not feature in the second race after his Aston Martin engine gave up as he crossed the line, ending his race in a cloud of smoke.

Allan Simonsen’s late surge put his Ferrari 430 Scuderia in fourth as well as carding the fastest lap, a 1.38.635 for the Dane. The debuting Mercedes SLS at the hands of the Jones brothers rounded off a top five made up of all different manufacturers.

The race started with battles forming throughout the field, Hector Lester and Jim Geddie in an all-Ferrari duel, Duncan Cameron in the demoted 458 working his way back up and Michael Guasch attacking the defensive David Jones in the Mercedes SLS.

With 23 laps on the clock Lyons, in the Ferrari 458, was leading from pole but a poor driver switch in the pit lane allowed the #1 Trackspeed Porsche to move into first place now at the hands of the classy Westbrook.

Westbrook looked set to pull away from the field but Bell who had taken over from Guasch held onto the back of him and closed the gap from five seconds down to 1.5 but it was still not enough and the United Autosports Audi had to settle for the second step of the podium.

The pitlane was very busy for the driver changes and played a part in the race outcome

The pitlane was very busy for the driver changes and played a part in the race outcome

It was not all good news for Trackspeed as their second Porsche was running well before being forced out of the race. Gregor Fisken had started well and Tim Bridgman continued their pace but was pushed off the track at Lodge Corner trying to overtake the Mercedes SLS for third place before retiring with a front left puncture at Old Hall.

The squabble for third cost the Mercedes valuable time and allowed Simonsen in the Rosso Verde Ferrari and Adam’s Aston Martin a sniff at the podium. The Mercedes did not have the pace to hold them off and eventually dropped back to fifth in the final standings.

Matt Griffin, in the MTECH Racing Ferrari 458 which had started from the back of the grid, took over from Cameron and continued to push up the field with some searing lap times and ended up in seventh. The pair will be looking for a podium in race two with a higher grid slot.

In GT4, the ABG Motorsport KTM of Peter Belshaw and Marcus Clutton took the honours with Dan Denis and David McDonald in the Ginetta G50 in second. A special mention goes to Michael Mallock who took third in GT4 with Athanasios Ladas after storming up from last in the class to give ABG Motorsport another podium.

The sole GT3B car of Aaron Scott and John Dhillon finished the race 15th overall and the Chevron of Jordan Witt and the popular Anthony Reid came home in the GTC class, a respectable 12th overall.

Race One Results

GT3

1  Trackspeed Porsche  David Ashburn/Richard Westbrook  1h 01m 12.046s / 95.01mph

2  United Autosports Audi  Mike Guasch (USA)/Matt Bell  +1.528s

3  Beechdean Aston Martin  Andrew Howard/Jonny Adam  +28.961s

4  Rosso Verde Ferrari  Hector Lester/Allan Simonsen (DEN)  +29.362s

5  Preci-Spark Mercedes  David Jones/Godfrey Jones  +41.753s

6  Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari  Michael Lyons/Charles Bateman  +43.353s

7  MTECH Ferrari  Duncan Cameron/Matt Griffin (IRL)  +1m 03.783s

8  CRS Racing Ferrari  Jim Geddie/Glynn Geddie  +1m 06.043s

9  Chad Racing Ferrari  Iain Dockerill/Steven Kane  +1m 28.404s

10  Predator CCTV Ferrari  Phil Burton/Adam Wilcox  +1m 29.233s etc

Fastest lap: Simonsen 1m 38.635s / 98.25mph

GT Cup

1  Chevron Racing Chevron  Jordan Witt/Anthony Reid  35 laps

GT3B

1  MTECH Ferrari  John Dhillon/Aaaron Scott  35 laps

GT4

1  ABG Motorsport KTM  Peter Belshaw/Marcus Clutton  34 laps

2  Scuderia Vittoria Ginetta  Dan Denis/David McDonald  34 laps

3  ABG Motorsport KTM  Athanasios Ladas (GRE)/Michael Mallock  34 laps

4  Century Motorsport Ginetta  Josh Wakefield/Jake Rattenbury  34 laps

5  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Leyton Clarke/Freddy Nordstrom  34 laps





Oulton Park prepares for Race One of the British GT Championship on Easter Monday

24 04 2011

Adam Wilcox leads the pack

The British GT Championship kicks off at Oulton Park tomorrow with a packed field

OULTON Park has enjoyed a quiet Easter Sunday as it gears up for the opening day of the British GT Championship on Easter Monday.

A close qualifying session on Saturday left the grid for Race One wide open with the top five spots all filled by different car manufacturers.

Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes, Audi and Aston Martin line up on the front rows for the opening race of the new season with fans watching on to see the new cars and rules in action.

A busy off season has seen a host of rule changes, including the replacement of weight ballast with a time penalty which drivers have supported.

Michael Lyons will lead the pack on the first lap of the new season as he qualified on pole for Race One in his Scuderia Vittoria with defending champion David Ashburn well placed in second, only two-tenths behind.

For the second race which saw the elite drivers qualify late on Saturday afternoon, Porsche expert Richard Westbrook fought off a challenge from international GT star Allan Simonsen to take Trackspeed’s maiden pole in 2o11.

Elsewhere in GT4, it was a mixed day for ABG Motorsport as they took pole position for the opening race with Peter Belshaw at the wheel but their sister car driven by Michael Mallock and Greek star Athanasios Ladas did not make it to the track for qualifying and will start from the back of the grid.

Round 1 Qualifying

GT3

1.  Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari  Michael Lyons  1m 38.757s

2.  Trackspeed Porsche  David Ashburn  1m 38.924s

3.  Preci-Spark Mercedes  David Jones  1m 39.088s

4.  United Autosports Audi  Mike Guasch (USA)  1m 39.883s

5.  Beechdean Aston Martin  Andrew Howard  1m 40.583s

6.  CRS Racing Ferrari  Jim Geddie  1m 40.853s

7.  Trackspeed Porsche  Gregor Fisken  1m 41.126s

8.  Rosso Verde Ferrari  Hector Lester  1m 41.132s

9.  United Autosports Audi  Jay Palmer  1m 41.290s

10.  Speedworks Motorsport Corvette  Ron Johnson  1m 42.314s etc

GT3B

1.  MTECH Ferrari  John Dhillon  1m 46.217s

GT4

1.  ABG Motorsport KTM  Peter Belshaw  1m 44.995s

2.  Scuderia Vittoria Ginetta  Dan Denis  1m 45.224s

3.  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Freddy Nordstrom  1m 45.916s

4.  Century Motorsport Ginetta  Jake Rattenbury  1m 46.423s

5.  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Ollie Jackson  1m 46.512s

6.  ABG Motorsport KTM  Athanasios Ladas (GRE) no time

GT Cup

1.  Chevron Racing Chevron  Jordan Witt  1m 44.201s

Round 2 Qualifying

GT3

1.  Trackspeed Porsche  Richard Westbrook  1m 36.505s

2.  Rosso Verde Ferrari  Allan Simonsen (DEN)  1m 37.156s

3.  United Autosports Audi Matt Bell  1m 37.562s

4.  Beechdean Aston Martin Jonny Adam  1m 37.956s

5.  MTECH Ferrari  Matt Griffin (IRL)  1m 38.007s

6.  CRS Racing Ferrari  Glynn Geddie  1m 38.055s

7.  Predator CCTV Ferrari Adam Wilcox  1m 38.342s

8.  CRS Racing Ferrari  Alex Mortimer  1m 38.670s

9.  Chad Racing Ferrari  Steven Kane  1m 38.697s

10. United Autosport Audi  John Bintcliffe  1m 39.032s etc

GT3B

1.  MTECH Ferrari  Aaron Scott  1m 40.820s

GT4

1.  Scuderia Vittoria Ginetta  David McDonald  1m 44.502s

2.  ABG Motorsport KTM  Marcus Clutton  1m 44.563s

3.  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Leyton Clarke  1m 46.575s

4.  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Jack Drinkall  1m 47.185s

5.  Century Motorsport Ginetta  Josh Wakefield  1m 47.329s

6.  ABG Motorsport KTM  Michael Mallock  No time

GT Cup

1.  Chevron Racing Chevron  Anthony Reid  1m 42.390





Avon Tyres British GT Championship: Trackspeed lead Free Practice 2 at Oulton

23 04 2011

Trackspeed Porsche in 2010

Trackspeed Porsche led Free Practice 2 with Richard Westbrook and David Ashburn at the wheel of the 997 GT3R

DEFENDING champion David Ashburn and classy teammate Richard Westbrook led the pack in Free Practice 2, clocking a lap two-tenths quicker than the Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari 458 of Michael Lyons and Charles Bateman.

Trackspeed had a good opening day as their second Porsche finished third in the practice session. Westbrook posted the fastest time in the second practice outing but was a fraction outside of the quickest time set by Rosso Verde racer Allan Simonsen earlier in the day.

Westbrook told the official site: “We’ve run through some race set-ups and both myself and David feel comfortable in the car. There is some pressure when your team-mate is the defending champion but the whole team has extra motivation because the #1 is on the side of the car.

“We’re happy so far, but the field seems to have closed up a lot. We don’t feel like we have the quickest car but we are getting the best from it. It looks like it’s going to be a close year.”

Further down the field technical and mechanical problems dogged the other cars with the second United Autosports Audi only managing half the session following gearbox gremlins.

Beechdean Motorsport put aside car issues from the earlier session to make it out for 22 laps, as did Stark Racing’s Ginetta G55 who had to change an engine.

However, Chad Racing were not as fortunate as a driveshaft problem forced Iain Dockerill back to the garage after just four laps, while MTECH’s new 458 Italia remained in the paddock dogged by electrical problems.

MTECH’s Ferrari 430 GT3 piloted by Aaron Scott and John Dhillon in the GT3B class was twelfth quickest, just ahead of the GTC class Chevron GR8.

ABG Motorsport had a mixed day as the KTM X Bow of Peter Belshaw and Marcus Clutton topped G4 in 18th overall but the sister car for Michael Mallock and Athanasios Ladas did not make it to track.

Lotus in the GT4 class endured a tough day as both Lotus Evora GT4s struggled with steering problems. The car of Leyton Clarke and Freddy Nordstrom also suffered a trip into the gravel with Nordstrom at the wheel.

Free Practice 2 Provisional Results

GT3

1  Trackspeed Porsche  David Ashburn/Richard Westbrook  1m 37.512s

2  Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari  Michael Lyons/Charles Bateman  1m 37.703s

3  Trackspeed Porsche  Gregor Fisken/Tim Bridgman  1m 38.019s

4  United Autosports Audi  Mike Guasch (USA)/Matt Bell  1m 39.406s

5  Rosso Verde Ferrari  Hector Lester/Allan Simonsen (DEN)  1m 39.462s

6  CRS Racing Ferrari  Jim Geddie/Glynn Geddie  1m 39.636s

7  CRS Racing Ferrari  Andrew Tate/Alex Mortimer  1m 39.644s

8  Preci-Spark Mercedes  David Jones/Godfrey Jones  1m 39.894s

9  Predator CCTV Ferrari  Phil Burton/Adam Wilcox  1m 40.766s

10  Speedworks Motorsport Corvette  Ron Johnson/Piers Johnson  1m 40.993s etc

GT3B

1  MTECH Ferrari  John Dhillon/Aaron Scott  1m 42.680s

GT4

1  ABG Motorsport KTM  Peter Belshaw/Marcus Clutton  1m 45.421s

2  Scuderia Vittoria Ginetta  Dan Denis/David McDonald  1m 45.687s

3  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Leyton Clarke/Freddy Nordstrom  1m 48.587s

4  Century Motorsport Ginetta  Josh Wakefield/Jake Rattenbury  1m 48.823s

GT Cup

1  Chevron Racing Chevron  Jordan Witt/Anthony Reid  1m 42.952s