2008 champion Tim Harvey fired a clear warning shot to the competition today as he topped the timesheets in the rain interrupted practice sessions at Thruxton.
With the first practice session being scrapped after 5 minutes due to a downpour leaving standing water on track, the schedule was moved around to give the Porsche drivers two 30 minute sessions in the afternoon.
Newmarket based Michael Caine topped the rescheduled first practice session by just 0.001s ahead of Tim Harvey, “The car was fine; we did a limited amount of running as the track was changing all the time,” said Caine.
The second session started dry, but within 3 laps of the green light the heavens opened once again, leaving those who had set times in the short dry period at top of the tables.
“I was trying to do a race run,” said Harvey, “But the car feels good in the wet and the dry. There’s more grip at Thruxton than anywhere else when it rains.”
Ollie Jackson topped the Pro-Am1 category in the first session, finishing a quarter of a second faster that Tony Gilham, but it was Ahmad Al-Harthy who impressed on his debut finishing the day on top of the category, “I pushed from the start; I had to find out how the car was in the dry,” said Al-Harthy.
Mark Hazell used his Thruxton knowledge to set the pace for the Pro-Am 2 category in the wet ahead of Paul Mace and Steve Parish. “The wet is a great leveler” admitted Hazell. George Brewster missed the first session but made up for it in the second after topping the times for Pro-Am 2 despite his lack of knowledge of the Hampshire track, “I’ve never been here before, and there’s a bit more to go if it’s dry.” he said. Defending champion Glenn McMenamin finished the day in second.
Qualifying takes place at 14:20 on Saturday 3 April.
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