British GT Championship

Keen Lays Down Marker As Barwell Lamborghini Quickest In FP2. (14.09.19)

Phil Keen set the quickest time of the second free practice session for the British GT Championship grid, ahead of qualifying later in the afternoon. Keen, who, with Adam Balon, leads the GT3 drivers standings set a 1:27.655 to go quicker than the time he set in the first session.

Rob Bell continued to make the #22 Balfe Motorsport McLaren 720S GT3 look highly competitive for the final round by lapping in 1:27.864 to go second quickest. Third quickest of the GT3 class was the #6 RAM Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3. After sitting out most of the first half of the 60-minute session to work on a set-up change, Ian Loggie put in a 1:27.877.

Quickest of the GT4 runners was that #97 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 in which Ash Hand set a 1:35.576 in the car he shares with Tom Canning, the duo leading the GT4 drivers standings as the domestic championship approaches its final round. Second quickest in the category was the #15 Multimatic Motorsport Europe Ford Mustang, Seb Priaulx lapping in 1:35.846.

With air and track temperatures rising, the second free practice session got underway with teams looking to make up for time lost in the earlier session during which a red flag stopped track running.

Ryan Ratcliffe, at the wheel of the #7 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 he shares with Jordan Witt, went to the top of the time sheets early in the session with a 1:29.212 before Rob Bell continued his excellent work from FP1 with a 1:28.456 set on his third lap in the #22 Balfe Motorsport McLaren.

RAM Racing delayed putting its #6 Mercedes-AMG GT3 on track at the start of the session, preferring instead to work on set-up changes. The team intended to get the #6 car out for the second half of free practice.

Rob Bell improved his time to put in a 1:27.864 before bringing the #22 Balfe Motorsport McLaren into the pits to hand over to Shaun Balfe.

There was bad luck for the #66 Team Parker Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 after Scott Malvern brought the car into the pits complaining of a mis-fire.

Phil Keen in the #72 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini was pushing as the 60-minute session moved into its second half, the Lamborghini factory driver lapping in 1:27.869, still two-tenths away from his time in the first session. However two laps later the #72 car put in a 1:27.665, putting Keen back to the top of the time sheets.

With less than three minutes remaining in the session, the black flag was shown to the #43 Century Motorsport BMW M4 GT4, Nathan Freke at the wheel.

Qualifying for the final round of the 2019 British GT Championship gets underway at 16:35 local time.