This live blog will be updated during the first 55 minute practice session for the Avon Tyres British GT Championship from the Dutch circuit of Zandvoort.
Live: British GT Zandvoort – Free Practice 1
14:23We’ll have the session report up as soon as possible, then we’ll be live for the second session in about 90 minutes.
14:22End of the session and it the Ashburn and Tandy Trackspeed Porsche that sets the fastest time after an early lap from the Porsche works man.
14:16And now to 5th, moving to 0.841 down on Tandy’s pace setter which still holds sway at the top
14:156 minutes to go and the Fortec Merc that started with problems has moved up to 6th
14:13And more spinning GT4s – the Century car this time spins on the exit of Hugenholtz
14:12A further FF Corse improvement moves thme up to 8th fastest now
14:09Another spin for a GT4 car as the Redgate/Lifetime car rotates on the exit of the S-Bocht. No damage done though as it comes past the pits
14:05The FF Corse Ferrari of Gary Eastwood and Rob Barff moves into the top ten in 9th with a 1:44.163 lap
14:02They’ve also been bumped from the GT4 lead of the session by the Century Motorsport car with a lap of 1:54.059
14:01The Optimum of Ryan Ratcliffe car makes it back to the pits – the front right corner baring the scars of contact with the tyre wall
13:59The Optimum Motorsport Ginetta Gt4 survives a little bump with the wall at Huhenholtz. Now touring back to the pits by the looks of it
13:55A few pitstop, so it could be the faster guys back in some of the top cars again. Still eveyone chasing the #31 Porsche
13:47Little improvement in the top ten since the red flag, Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw’s Trackspeed Porsche up to 8th
13:43Sounds like a lot of damage on the #8 after a high speed off around the back of the circuit
13:42The Beechdean Aston is 2nd, WRT Audi 3rd, #888 BMW 4th and the #13 AF Corse Ferrari 5th
13:41Green flag – the clock didn’t stop, so there are 39 minutes left in the session. It’s still Nick Tandy’s very early lap that sets the pace
13:39The #8 888Optimum BMW Z4 GT3 has stopped at pit in. It is towed back to the pits with left-front damage.
13:36Jonny Adam puts the points leading Beechdean car into second, and we now have a red flag
13:35There was contact between the Merc and the Kinfaun-PGF Aston in the pits before the start of the session. The Aston has front end damage and has not done a lap yet.
13:33And it goes into tenth fastest, three seconds of Nick Tandy’s time
13:32The Merc has gone back out, seemingly without further issue after having the flat tyre replaced.
13:31Early GT4 leaders are also the points leaders – Optimum Motorsport
13:30First flying laps are in, it’s the #31 Trackspeed Porsche of Nick Tandy and David Ashburn at the top with a 1:41.899
13:29The Fortec Mercedes has come back to the pits with a shredded right-rear tyre after just an out lap
13:25The British GT field is unleashed upon the Zandvoort circuit.
13:24The tyres are coming out of the warmers and going on to cars – the air guns announcing the nearing of the session’s start
13:21Five minutes to the green flag. Expect the BMWs and Aston Martins to be quick around the flowing back of the circuit.
13:17Yep, we’re in the sand dunes of Zandvoort, counting down to the first practice session for the British GT Championship
13:13Oh we do like to be beside the seaside, oh we do like to be beside the sea!