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McLaren lead Free Practice 2 with Academy back on top in GT4

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Team Rocket RJN, McLaren 720S, GT3, Silver/Am, #2, Simon Watts, James Kell, Brands Hatch Kent United Kingdom © Craig Robertson

Team Rocket RJN topped the Free Practice 2 Time Sheets whilst Academy Motorsport topped the GT4 Times.

Before the beginning of the second session, the results from the previous round at Spa Francorchamps were finalised following a National Court ruling. The #11 Paddock Motorsport and #40 Fox Motorsport McLaren 720s GT3s failed post qualifying technical checks at Spa but both teams chose to race under appeal. This appeal has been upheld by the National Court and as a result, Fox Motorsport and Paddock Motorsport hold onto their first and seventh place finishing positions. Success Penalties for Brands Hatch will now be allocated, and points have been confirmed. Ian Loggie now has a 39-point lead over James Cottingham and Lewis Williamson and can win the championship this weekend with an advantage greater than 38 points by the end of the race on Sunday.

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“We’re happy that the appeal is over, and the results stand. We can now move on and put all our focus on to this weekend”Jamie Stanley, Fox Motorsport


James Kell posted the fastest time of the Free Practice 2 in the RJN McLaren 720S GT3, but it was an extremely close fight throughout. By the flag, the top 10 were split by just 0.9s. Team Abba Racing led the way early on, Sam Neary initially going fastest before the Team Parker Racing Porsche of Scott Malvern took the top spot at quarter distance. Ian Loggie looked strong initially but only went quick enough for second at the halfway mark. By the end of the session, the #6 Ram Racing Mercedes could only manage ninth overall.

There was a late flurry of attempts at the end of the session as the Pro drivers returned to the track for a final hot lap, but no one was able to challenge James Kell, Lewis Williamson came closest but could only close the gap to 0.212s in the #4 2 Seas Motorsport Mercedes AMG. Sam Neary took third place with Sandy Mitchell and Adam Balon taking fourth in the session. Euan Hankey and Mia Flewitt closed out the top five.


Credit: Craig Robertson

Academy Motorsport took their usual spot at the top of the time sheets early into Free Practice 2, Matt Cowley posting the fastest time of the session with a time of 1:31.848. A charge in the closing moments from Benji Hetherington could only close the gap to 0.180s but was enough to secure the fastest Pro/Am time. Jamie Day and Josh Miller took third place in the R Racing Aston Martin with Darren Turner and Matt Topham taking fourth place. Freddie Tomlinson and Joe Wheeler closed the top five in one of two Assetto Motorsport entered Ginettas.

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