Alexander Sims puts in a late lap to claim British GT FP2 honours


Alexander Sims showed why he’s the Pro driver of choice at the moment as he lit the track on fire as he claimed top spot in the British GT Championship’s second free practice session at Snetterton.

Setting a 1:47.733 in the Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Sims not only set the fastest time of the session but the fastest time all day – eclipsing Jonny Adam’s 1:47.909 in Free Practice One.

Adam won’t be too disappointed though, he led for the majority of the 50 minute session with a 1:48.075 looking like it was going to be enough to see TF Sport go top especially with the session being dominated mainly by the Am drivers getting valuable track time ahead of qualifying later today.

The session wasn’t without incident though as Pete Littler’s PFL Motorsport Aston Martin caused a red flag in the first couple of minutes of the session starting as the rear-left wheel came off the Vantage going through turn one. After a ten minute delay to reunite car with wheel in the pits, the session got back underway.

As Free Practice Two got going again, the man on the move was Joe Osborne in the AmDTuning.com BMW Z4 GT3 whose 1:49.693 put him ahead of Seb Morris’ Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 by 0.6s.

At the halfway point, the biggest move came from Ciaran Haggerty in the Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse McLaren 570S who put in a 1:58.717 to claim top spot in the GT4 class – a position he’d keep until the end as Jack Mitchell in the Generation AMR MacMillan Racing Aston Martin Vantage could only get within three-hundredths.

In the dying embers of the session, things started to get heated again as the Ams handed over to the Pros for a last blast, and blast they did. First Jon Barnes moved up to third with a 1:48.527 before Sims put in a session best first sector on his way to his 1:47.733.

In the last minute of FP2 it looked as though Adam was on course to reclaim his top spot, but a session best first and third sector didn’t make up for a poor middle sector and he had to settle for second place.