Adam fastest as British GT Free Practice Two heats up


Credit: Nick Smith

Jonny Adam made the best use of a track becoming increasingly rubbered in as he set the fastest time in the TF Sport Aston Martin in the British GT Championship second Free Practice.

Initially Rob Bell was the man who scored an early fastest lap with a 1:18.916 in the Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse McLaren 650S GT3 showing the McLaren has pace round the Rockingham banking.

Unfortunately for them, a lot of other teams also found pace in session two with Lee Mowle recovering the AmDTuning.com BMW Z4 GT3 from a poor FP1 to set an early third place with a 1:19.013. That was timed perfectly with Aleksander Schjerpen setting the fastest time in GT4 with a 1:26.202 in the #40 Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4.

From that point onwards, times would tumble like a stack of cards in an earthquake with Graham Johnson in the PMW World Expo Racing Ginetta knocking down the GT4 fastest time on two consecutive laps, settling for 1:23.807 for the time being.

Back into the GT3 class and Ryan Ratcliffe would keep putting in solid lap times in the Optimum Motorsport Audi R8 LMS with a 1:19.096 to put him up into sixth place. His thunder was stolen somewhat though by Ross Gunn who, just one minute later, would  set a 1:18.832 to go up to third. However, his reign in third lasted for just a few seconds as Joe Osborne took the #7 BMW and set a 1:18.603 to nab the space off Gunn.

Well into the second half of the 50 minute session and places were changing a lot as the Am drivers were replaced behind the wheel of the Pro drivers and a man to make his move first was Phil Keen in the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 who jumped to third and then second with a time of 1:17.974 to place himself just behind Ross Wylie, who had claimed top spot with a 1:17.605 in the Motorbase Performance Aston Martin Vantage.

Nathan Freke Rockingham FP2
Nathan Freke again set the fastest time with a blistering lap at the end of the session (Credit: Nick Smith/TheImageTeam.com)

In GT4 the battle was certainly heating up as Scott Malvern in the Nick Jones entered Ginetta G55 GT4 set a 1:23.659 to put himself in first position. However, Graham Johnson was having none of that and responded with a 1:23.592. It seemed as though the lead in the GT4 class would stay static until the end but a blistering last gasp lap from Nathan Freke in the University of Bolton backed Century Motorsport Ginetta claimed first with a 1:23.185.

Towards the end of the session GT3 also found itself with a new leader as Jonny Adam in the TF Sport car made his move and logged a 1:17.316 to be almost three tenths clear of fellow Aston driver Ross Wylie. Rounding out the podium was Keen who couldn’t improve on his earlier time.

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