TF Sport Tops Time Sheets In British GT FP1 (06.08.16)

The championship-leading #17 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3, driven by Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam, topped the time sheets in Free Practice 1 for rounds seven and eight of the British GT Championship at Snetterton.

Adam set the fastest time of the 60-minute session with a 1:47.909 which he set early in the session. The #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3, driven by Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen was second quickest with a 1:48.130 set by Keen. The #79 Alasdair McCaig / Rob Bell Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse McLaren 650S GT3 completed the top three in the first practice session with a 1:48.608 set by Bell.

In GT4 a 1:58.282 was sufficient to set fastest time and that was achieved by the #44 Generation AMR Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT4 driven by James Holder and Matthew George with George at the wheel. The Drivers Championship-leading #50 PMW World Expo Racing / Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 of Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson set the second fastest time with a 1:58.975, driven by Johnson. The Lanan Racing #51 Ginetta G55 GT4 was third quickest with a 1:59.081 set by Alex Reed.

Century Motorsport had a frustrating session with the #40 Ginetta G55 GT4 suffering from an engine issues at the start of the session which required an engine change and, as a result, no times set. The #73 car, driven by Anna Walewska and Nathan Freke, set the ninth quickest time in the session with a 1:59.478 but an incident at Hamilton while Walewska was at the wheel required a trip to the garage for repairs.

The fifty-minute FP2 session is scheduled to start at 12:15.

Optimum Motorsport Focuses On GT4 In Final Rounds Of British GT

Wakefield-based Optimum Motorsport will be focusing on the British GT GT4 Championship after it announced that it had withdrawn its Audi R8 LMS GT3 for the remainder of the season.

The team had announced in July that it would be parting company with GT3 drivers Will Moore and Ryan Ratcliffe due to disappointing results as a consequence of the weight penalties incurred from running two Silver-rated drivers.

At the time, Team Principal Shaun Goff indicated he would be seeking new driving talent in the GT3 class. However it now appears that the decision has been taken to withdraw from GT3 and throw all the team’s efforts behind securing the GT4 class at both team and driver level.

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Asian Le Mans Series Sprint Cup Returns For Round Two Action At Sepang

Following a break since late May for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Asian Le Mans Series Sprint Cup returns to Sepang International Circuit for round 2 on August 6 and 7.

Eleven cars will contest the two-race meeting with six cars entered in the LMP3 class, one in the CN class and four in the GT Cup class.

Three examples of the ADESS LMP3 chassis will take to the grid – one each from Team AAI, Nexus Infinity and PS Racing. The #91 Team AAI entry will be piloted by Junsan Chen and Ollie Millroy. The Nexus Infinity #27 car will be driven by Adrian D’Silva and Garnett Patterson while Angelo Negro and Phillippe Prette will share the driving duties in the #48 PS Racing entry.

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All To Play For – British GT At Snetterton

After making its annual cross-channel trip to Spa-Francorchamps, the 2016 British GT Championship returns to home soil at Snetterton for rounds seven and eight on August 7.

Spa saw a hard-fought victory for the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 driven by Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes which was chased to the line by the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 with Seb Morris at the wheel. Barwell Motorsport had another solid weekend, taking the final podium slot with the #33 Lamborghini Huracán driven by Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen.

As a result, the top of the GT3 Teams Championship sees only a 6.5 point difference with TF Sport leading the standings with 185.5 points and Barwell Motorsport close behind on 179. At the top of the GT3 Drivers Championship there is similar close battle with the #17 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 driver pairing of Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam sharing first place on 106 points each with the #33 Lamborghini Huracán driver pairing of Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen in joint second on 97.5.

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