British GT Championship

Team Parker Racing / Geddie Quickest In FP2 At Brands Hatch. (03.08.19)

In FP2 for Round Eight of the 2019 British GT Championship, Glynn Geddie went quickest, at the wheel of the #7 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 he shares with Ryan Ratcliffe, lapping the 2.433 mile (3.916 kms) Brands Hatch GP circuit in 1:25.827, .101 seconds quicker than Phil Keen in the #72 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

Completing the top three at the head of time sheets was the #18 WPI Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan driven by Michael Igoe and Dennis Lind, Lind lapping in 1:25.987.

Quickest of the GT4 category was the #97 TF Sport Aston martin in which Tom Canning lapped in 1:32.801 in the car he shares with Ash Hand.

Free Practice 2 got underway under cloudy skies with a track temperature of 36 degrees but there was drama for the #35 Optimum Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT4 which remained in the garage up on its jacks as the 60-minute session got underway. The team work hard and managed to get the #35 car out on to the circuit with minutes left in the session.

Seb Morris, piloting the #31 JRM Racing Bentley Continental GT3, set the early pace in the session with a 1:27.333, followed by Nicki Thiim in the #2 TF Sport Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3 who lapped in 1:27.790.

Ben Green, at the wheel of the #3 Century Motorsport BMW M6 GT3, then put in a 1:26.984 to go to the top of the time sheets, with Nicki Thiim improving to a 1:27.178 to go second quickest.

Sam De Haan, currently leading the GT3 drivers standings with teammate Phil Keen, went out first in the #69 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 and set a 1:28.079 on his sixth lap.

The session was red flagged with 41 minutes remaining after Mark Farmer in the #2 TF Sport Aston Martin had an off-track excursion at Paddock Hill Bend, with the car stuck in the gravel. The #2 car was quickly recovered and the session resumed with 35 minutes left to run.

In his first race in the British GT Championship, Valentin Hasse-Clot lapped in 1:28.135 in the #99 Beechdean AMR Aston Martin, sharing the car with team owner Andrew Howard for the weekend. Hasse-Clot improved to 1:26.306 by the end of the session.

Times started to fall half-way through the session with Callum Macleod putting in a 1:26.093 in the #6 RAM Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3. However, Tom Onslow-Cole almost immediately went quicker with a 1:26.304 in the #8 Team ABBA Racing Mercedes in which he has replaced Adam Christodoulou who is on VLN duties this weekend. Onslow-Cole and Macleod then traded fastest laps with the #8 driver setting a 1:26.161.

The first driver to break into the 1:25s was Glynn Geddie in the #7 Team Parker Racing Bentley who put in a 1:25.911 followed by a 1:25.827, still just under half a second behind the quickest time of the early session, a 1:25.337 set by Phil Keen.

In the GT4 category, Tom Canning went to the top of the time sheets with just under 20 minutes remaining, lapping the #97 TF Sport Aston Martin he shares with Ash Hand in 1:32.801.

Leaders in the GT3 drivers standings, Sam de Haan and Jonny Cocker in the #69 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan, finished the session fifth quickest with a 1:26.157 set by Jonny Cocker.

Qualifying for the British GT Championship grid gets underway at 16:30 on Saturday August 3.