Barwell Motorsport lock-out British GT FP1 after red flag stops session early


Sam Tordoff finished fastest in FP1 (Credit: Nick Smith/TheImageTeam.com)

Barwell Motorsport has finished top of the first British GT Championship session of 2017 as Sam Tordoff took the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 to top spot before it was red flagged.

The red flag was caused because of an incident coming out of Druids involving Steven Fresle in the Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4, and Mike Newbould in the AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Ginetta. At the time of writing the pair were conscious and talking and had been transferred to hospital using air ambulance and road ambulance as a precaution.

Before the session was ended the fastest time of the session dropped to a 1:43.410, Tordoff marking his British GT debut by beating the more experienced pairing in the second Lamborghini – Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw. The Demon Tweeks-backed pair was just over half a tenth behind Tordoff.

Third place in GT3 was James Littlejohn in the Macmillan AMR Aston Martin Vantage who squeezed himself of the Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 of Ian Loggie who was making the most of the damp conditions that shook up the order to an extent.

Fifth place, adding variety to the top of the timesheets, was Ryan Ratcliffe in the AmDTuning.com Mercedes-AMG GT3.

Academy Motorsport finished fastest in the expanded GT4 class (Credit: Nick Smith/TheImageTeam.com)

GT4 was headed by the returning Academy Motorsport Aston Martin which was raced throughout the 26 minute session by Matt Nicoll-Jones to a 1:52.888.

Behind him was David Pattison in the Tolman Motorsport McLaren 570S GT4 who was almost two-tenths behind the Aston but was 0.1s ahead of Adam Balon in the track-club McLaren.

Fourth in class was Steven Fresle, in the Century car involved in the red flag he was sharing with Jacob Mathiassen.