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British GT: Barwell quickest in FP2 at Donington Park, Toyota top in GT4

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Reigning champion Sandy Mitchell set the fastest time of the weekend so far in FP2 ahead of the Intelligent Money British GT Championship‘s first qualifying session and race at Donington Park this season.

John Ferguson and Scott McKenna stole top spot in GT4 with an equally late lap on Saturday afternoon.

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Marcus Clutton picked up where he left off in the early stages, setting a 1:27.394 to immediately beat his time earlier in the day.

Martin Plowman moved up 12 places to go fourth in the Paddock Motorsport Bentley Continental GT3, behind Michael Igoe and Lewis Proctor.

Championship leader Dennis Lind went eighth with the #63 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo‘s first timed lap, but at 4.9 seconds off Clutton, the Danish Lamborghini Squadra Corse driver’s time was anything but representative.

Andrew Howard moved the Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage into fourth place, but Clutton and Proctor seemed the only two to have set a serious time after 15 minutes.

Lind went 1.9 seconds behind as the Team Abba Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 left the pits..

The sole Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo of Yelmer Buurman left the pits shortly afterwards, with RAM Racing team-mates James Cottingham and Sam de Haan not competing at Donington this weekend.

The session was curtailed briefly for a red flag on 20 minutes, with Clutton on top by eight tenths. Richard Neary‘s tyre had exited stage left after the Fogarty Esses, before he parked on the right on the entry to the Melbourne Loop.

As the #8 Mercedes hadn’t completed a timed lap before its retirement, the Neary pairing finished the session behind the GT4s.

Sandy Mitchell jumped into the #1 Barwell Lamborghini in place of Adam Balon during the red flag period, and went up to second after the restart with a 1:27.561.

Tillbrook’s time was still good enough to top the standings after 35 minutes, as Ian Loggie improved to ninth in the RAM Racing Mercedes.

Andrew Howard leapfrogged Lind for fifth, going ahead by four tenths, while Lind’s Barwell team-mate Balon got back in the #1 car.

Loggie immediately got up to speed, going up to fourth, just over a second behind Tillbrook, who still had the Mitchell/Balon Lamborghini hot on his heels.

Phil Keen showed the re-discovered pace of the WPI Motorsport Lamborghini after its GT Cup win last weekend, overtaking Buurman to go fourth with less than 20 minutes remaining.

Yelmer Buurman responded by setting the fastest lap of the weekend so far, a 1:27.346, after setting fastest first and second sectors to go four hundredths clear of the Tillbrook/Clutton McLaren.

Scott Malvern also improved to seventh, going ahead of Dennis Lind and Martin Plowman in the Lamborghini and Bentley respectively.

Clutton bit back at Buurman again, though, finding a tenth to take top spot back from the Mercedes again.

Malvern fired the Team Parker Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR to the top of the timesheets inside the last ten minutes, going six thousandths ahead of Clutton.

Sandy Mitchell found pace in the #1 car to go top by two thousandths in the dying seconds of the session, and ended FP2 on top, ahead of Malvern/Jones and Clutton/Tillbrook.

Yelmer Buurman/Ian Loggie and Jonny Adam/Andrew Howard rounded out the top five.

GT4

Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke and Chris Salkeld were sat in the Century Motorsport garage for the first ten minutes of the session, the #9 car having overtaken the Newbridge Motorsport Aston Martin on the way back to the pits during the red flag period in FP1.

The Steller Motorsport Audi R8 GT4 of Sennan Fielding was one of the last out of the pitlane as it was in FP1, as Michael Benyahia set the fastest GT4 time for Jenson Team Rocket RJN early on.

Darren Burke shot up ten positions to top the GT4 standings after 15 minutes for Newbridge Motorsport, ahead of the three RJN McLarens of Benyahia/Alain Valente, James Kell/Jordan Collard and Harry Hayek/Katie Milner.

Everyone held station in the standings until after the red flag, with the #90 Balfe Motorsport McLaren 570S GT4 one of the last to leave the pits.

Harry Hayek overtook his RJN team-mate James Kell in one of the McLaren Young Driver Development Programme entries to go 12th overall, and fourth in GT4, after 35 minutes.

Katie Milner went top with a 1:36.257 with 15 minutes left, before being usurped by team-mate Benyahia.

Gordon-Colebrooke worked to make up for lost time at the beginning of the session by going third in GT4 with a 1:36.323, behind Valente and Hayek in the RJN McLarens.

John Ferguson/Scott McKenna went top in the dying minutes, ahead of Alain Valente/Michael Benyahia and Harry Hayek/Katie Milner.

2021 Donington Park Free Practice 2 Results:

PosNo.NameTeamCarTime/Gap
11Mitchell/BalonBarwell MotorsportLamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo1:27.220
266Malvern/JonesTeam Parker RacingPorsche 911 GT3 RSR+0.019
377Clutton/TillbrookEnduro MotorsportMcLaren 720S GT3+0.025
46Buurman/LoggieRAM RacingMercedes-AMG GT3 Evo+0.126
57Adam/HowardBeechdean AMRAston Martin Vantage GT3+0.535
618Keen/IgoeWPI MotorsportLamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo+0.994
75S/L ProctorBalfe MotorsportMcLaren 720S GT3+1.018
811Plowman/FletcherPaddock MotorsportBentley Continental GT3+1.116
963Lind/MachitskiBarwell MotorsportLamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo+2.125
1015McKenna/FergusonTOYOTA GAZOO Racing UKToyota GR Supra GT4+8.398
113Valente/BenyahiaJenson Team Rocket RJNMcLaren 570S GT4+8.931
124Hayek/MilnerJenson Team Rocket RJNMcLaren 570S GT4+8.940
139Gordon-Colebrooke/SalkeldCentury MotorsportBMW M4 GT4 Evo+9.103
1427Topham/BurkeNewbridge MotorsportAston Martin Vantage GT4+9.133
1540Stanley/HalsteadFox MotorsportMcLaren 570S GT4+9.231
1656Sansom/RobertsonAssetto MotorsportGinetta G56 GT4+9.449
1790Marshall/BrownBalfe MotorsportMcLaren 570S GT4+9.494
1861Moore/CowleyAcademy MotorsportFord Mustang GT4+9.509
192Collard/KellJenson Team Rocket RJNMcLaren 570S GT4+9.632
2057Burton/BurnsCentury MotorsportBMW M4 GT4 Evo+9.866
2142Williams/FieldingSteller MotorsportAudi R8 GT4+10.000
2225Whitmore/GiddingsCiceley Motorsport by Car GodsMercedes-AMG GT4+11.500
238S/R NearyTeam Abba RacingMercedes-AMG GT3No time set

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