Current Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland championship leader Nick Tandy stamped his immediate authority on the Porsche Carrera Cup GB field as he took to the track with fellow competitors ahead of rounds 16 and 17.
With track temperatures approaching 40 degrees Tandy impressed as he set about lapping the Brands Hatch GP circuit. “I'm very pleased,” he said, before adding: “The car is very good and I was quite pleased with our pace on old rubber as well.”
The nearest anyone could get to the Nationwide Motorbase driver was half a second behind, with Jonas Gelzinis setting a blistering pace to achieve second position overall and fastest in class. “It's OK, but it's a big gap to Tandy,” said Gelzinis. “There was a lot of traffic and maybe I could find another two-tenths.”
Current points leader Michael Meadows finished the day third overall, followed by championship rivals Stephen Jelley, Euan Hankey, James Sutton and Sam Tordoff. Kieran Vernon slotted in between Jelley and Hankey.
Meadows remained optimistic despite not topping the times, “I'm ahead of the title contenders but I think we can improve the car for qualifying.” he said.
Stephen Jelley showed his pace on his last flying lap after his earlier run was interrupted by a red flag. “I had just one lap and the next one should have been better,” said Jelley.
Kieron Vernon continued to improve upon recent form to finish the session fifth, heaping praise upon new team-mate Tandy who had given him some pointers prior to heading out on track “I've got more confidence and feel good with the car,” said Vernon.
With Gelzinis out from second pace in the Pro-Am1 class would fall to Rory Butcher who claimed ninth position overall. “I went just as fast on old rubber, but the car is feeling good,” said Butcher. theCheckeredFlag.co.uk bloggers Ahmad Al Harthy and Richard Plant finished the day in eleventh and twelfth respectively.
Steve Parish set the Pro-Am2 pace with the top four drivers in class covered by three-quarters of a second. “I love it at Brands Hatch,I said Parish. “Out the back on the Grand Prix circuit is the best fun in motor racing,” he added. Yucel Ozbek and George Brewster rounded out the Pro-Am2 top three.