The #11 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 of Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes struck early in the second practice session for the British GT Championship claiming top spot by over a second at Spa.
In the very early running, it was the Team ABBA with Rollcentre Racing car that set the pace with Martin Short hustling the BMW Z4 GT3 to the top of the times in what was a very busy session with 60 cars competing – one less than this morning because of the withdrawal of the #24 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental which was involved in the FP1 incident.
Like the last session, a red flag disrupted things in the first half of the 50 minute practice session as recovery units were called to move an abandoned car at turn eight – Les Combes.
When things got going again, Jon Barnes made his move in the TF Sport machine clocking a 2:21.899 to put him out of reach of the rest of the field. At roughly the same time, Sandy Mitchell once again took the Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse McLaren 570S to the top of the GT4 class with a 2:34.154.
That time was again utterly dominant for that class with second placed Mike Robinson in the PMW World Expo Racing Ginetta G55 GT4 only managing a 2:35.546. That time was almost bettered by the Lanan Racing Ginetta of Joey Foster and Alex Reed who were only nine-hundredths behind in third place.
In GT3, it appeared that Barnes’ time could have been under threat by the Black Falcon Mercedes AMG GT3 of Dani Juncadella, who had set a number of competitive sectors but eventually clocked a 2:23.292 to jump from fifth to second – relegating the Demon Tweeks liveried Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini down to third by seven-tenths of a second.
Another new addition performing well was the #19 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Michele Beretta and Chase McKansy which finished the session sixth overall.