Ross Gunn has showed he is the perfect man to fill Jonny Adam’s shoes in the Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage as he blitzed the track to go fastest in British GT’s second free practice session.
Unlike the earlier practice session, teams got a full 50 minutes of disruption-free running and they certainly made the most of it, with Jon Barnes setting a marker down for his rivals early doors – a 1:25.295 showed the TF Sport driver means business and will likely have good pace come qualifying this evening.
The same was true in GT4 as Robert Barrable in the Team HARD Ginetta G55 GT4 set a 1:33.271 to give the other GT4 teams something to aim at on a circuit which was enjoying the first spits of an afternoon shower.
It seemed the rain wasn’t disturbing the GT3 runners as Rob Bell in the Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse McLaren 650S moved himself up to second place temporarily before Ross Gunn made his first leap to the sharp end of the field and relegated the McLaren to third.
A touch further down the GT3 field, it was another less than ideal session for Optimum Motorsport as, with just ten minutes gone, Will Moore put the Audi R8 LMS in the gravel for the first time in the session.
That didn’t disrupt running much though, as Jordan Stilp in the second Team HARD Ginetta made it a team 1-2 clocking a 1:33.387 to go into second, before jumping to first the lap after with a 1:32.892.
His lead didn’t last long though as Mike Robinson in the PMW World Expo Racing Ginetta knocked half a second off the time to stick himself on pole.
Up the top in GT3, former British GT Champion Jon Barnes lowered the fastest time to a 1:25.285 with Gunn not too far behind at all with a 1:25.311.
Back in to GT4 and in the second half of the session Nathan Freke jumped to second in the Century Motorsport Ginetta but still couldn’t get close to Robinson. That said, with just two minutes to go he finally made the leap to first with the Generation AMR MacMillan Racing Aston Martin taking third.
Into GT3 and Ross Gunn decided to set the fire to the track as he first set a 1:25.148 to pull away from Barnes before smashing the timing screen to bits with a 1:24.557. Phil Keen in the Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 tried to beat Gunn by setting a 1:24.701 and Rob Bell also broke into the 1:24s with a 1:24.919 to claim third place.