Ben Barker fired a first warning shot to his fellow Porsche Carrera Cup GB competitors as he topped the timesheets at Snetterton today.

Seven-tenths covered the top eight drivers as Barker set the fastest time of 1:52.691 just a fifth of a second ahead of Sam Tordoff and Daniel Lloyd“I came into the weekend knowing what I had to do and we know we’ve got a good set up here,” said Barker. Tordoff added “We tested here in the break and had a good couple of days, so we were ready this morning.”

Porsche scholar Lloyd used a set of fresh tyres early on in the session as he worked to get the perfect set up for the weekend ahead. “We did the time and then played with the set up. The important thing is that we got the car spot on,” 

Championship leaders Jonas Gelzinis and Michael Meadows were fourth and fifth with Rory Butcher, Andy Meyrick and Richard Plant rounded out the top eight. Meyrick makes his series debut this weekend at Snetterton and was a little disappointed with his times. “It’s a case of just trying to put it all together and I didn’t get the best out of the new tyres,” he said

Meanwhile in the Pro-Am1 category Michael Leonard topped the times after Ahmad Al Harthy topped the session in the opening stages. “I didn’t think I’d be that far up,” admitted Leonard. “There’s more time to come,” he added. Derek Pierce, Al Harthy, Oly Mortimer and Victor Jimenez followed as the session closed.

Tania Mann returned to the series after missing two race weekends and topped the times for Pro-Am2 finishing a second ahead of rival Will Goff.

Combined classification 

POS NO CL  NAME              NAT  ENTRY                    TIME      
1   20  P    Ben BARKER      GBR  Parr Motorsport          1:52.691 
2   7   P    Sam TORDOFF     GBR  Team Parker Racing       1:52.879   
3   23  P    Daniel LLOYD    GBR  Team Parker Racing       1:52.989   
4   8   P    Jonas GELZINIS  LTU  Juta Racing              1:53.067   
5   0   P    Michael MEADOWS GBR  Redline Racing           1:53.292  
6   45  P    Rory BUTCHER    GBR  Celtic Speed             1:53.388  
7   18  P    Andy MEYRICK    GBR  Team Parker Racing       1:53.395 
8   5   P    Richard PLANT   GBR  Team Parker Racing       1:53.412  
9   00  P    Glynn GEDDIE    GBR  Redline Racing           1:54.182  
10  17  PA1  Michael LEONARD IRL  Team Parker Racing       1:54.462  
11  24  PA1  Derek PIERCE    GBR  Team Parker Racing       1:54.632 
12  77  PA1  Ahmad AL HARTHY OMA  Oman Air Redline Racing  1:54.679  
13  70  PA1  Oly MORTIMER    GBR  GT Marques               1:54.798  
14  25  PA1  Victor JIMÉNEZ  ESP  Oman Air Redline Racing  1:54.936  
15  99  PA1  Keith WEBSTER   GBR  Marque 1 Redline Racing  1:55.398  
16  29  PA1  Yücel ÖZBEK     TUR  Marque 1 Redline Racing  1:56.244 
17  47  PA1  Fraser O'BRIEN  GBR  GT Marques               1:56.478 
18  15  PA2  Tania MANN      AUS  sibsport performance     1:57.207  
19  59  PA2  Will GOFF       GBR  Goff Racing              1:58.316