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Nikki Thiim, at the wheel of the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage he shares with Mark Farmer, went quickest in the opening practice session for Round Eight of the 2018 British GT Championship at Brands Hatch , Thiim setting a 1:26.377 early in the 60-minute session. Second quickest was the #7 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 driven by Ian Loggie and Callum Macleod which lapped the 2.433 mile Fawkham circuit in 1:26.883
Third quickest in early morning hot and dry conditions was the Flick Haigh / Jonny Adam-piloted #75 Optimum Motorsport Aston Martin in which 2017 Le Mans GTE Pro class-winner Adam set a 1:27.070.
GT3 Drivers Championship leaders Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen, driving the #33 Barwell Motorport Lamborghini Huracan GT3, finished the session fourth quickest overall with a 1:27.070 set by Phil Keen,
Quickest of the GT4 category was the #66 Team Parker Racing Ltd Mercedes-AMG GT4 driven by Nick Jones and Scott Malvern, current leaders of the GT4 Pro-Am Drivers standing, which lapped in 1:34.118.
Second quickest in the GT4 category, and heading the time-sheets in the GT4 Silver category, was the #4 Tolman Motorsport Ltd McLaren 570S GT4 driven by Michael O’Brien and Charlie Fagg.
Third quickest, and second in the GT4 Pro-Am category, was the #50 HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 driven by Mike Newbould and Will Burns.
The session was interrupted twice by red flags, lasting five minutes each, and both were due to off-track excursions by Will Moore in the #62 Academy Motorsport Aston Martin.
The second free practice session for the British GT grid gets underway at 11:40 local time with qualifying beginning at 16:40.