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Mtech Ferrari 458 tops British GT free practice one

Saturday, May 14 2011

The Mtech Ferrari 458 of Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin set the pace in the opening free practice session for the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Snetterton on Saturday.

Mtech dominated the championship's first encounter on the 300 circuit, topping the timesheets throughout.

Behind the Ferrari,the race winning Trackspeed Porsche 997 of Phil Keen - who joins reigning champion David Ashburn this weekend in place of his usual team-mate Richard Westbrook - was second quickest, working the gap to his Mtech rivals down to two tenths of a second.

Father and son Jim and Glynn Geddie made a positive start to the weekend, steering their CRS Racing Ferrari 458 to third quickest, with Andrew Howard and Jonathan Adam's Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin DBRS9 close behind.

The United Autosports Audi R8 of Mike Guasch and Matt Bell made steady progress throughout the session, carving their way up the top ten to finish fifth quickest courtesy of a flying lap by Bell.

CRS Racing's second Ferrari was sixth in the hands of Andrew Tate and Tim Mullen - the latter replacing Alex Mortimer at Snetterton - whilst the Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari 458 of Michael Lyons and Charles Bateman, which triumphed in the season opener at Oulton Park, secured seventh place.

Brothers David and Godfrey Jones were eighth fastest in their Mercedes AMG SLS, whilst Ron and Piers Johnson's Speedworks Corvette Z06R and the sister Trackspeed Porsche of Gregor Fisken and Tim Bridgman rounded out the top ten.

The hour-long session was interrupted in the early stages by a brace of red flags - the first caused when the Century Team LNT Ginetta G55 of Florian Renauer stopped out on track at Palmer following a driveshaft failure. The second was due Stuart Hall's Vantage Racing Aston Martin DBRS9 coming to a halt at Oggies with a suspected gearbox issue.

The Century Motorsport-run Ginetta G55 of Freddie Hetherington suffered a driveshaft problem as well, whilst the sister car of Jake Rattenbury and Josh Wakefield experienced steering issues.

Phil Burton and Adam Wilcox's Predator CCTV Racing Ferrari 430 was troubled with a sensor glitch early on, however the pairing managed to set the 15th quickest lap time later in the session. There was also problems for the Rosso Verde-run Ferrari 430, as Hector Lester stopped on track during the session.

Chad Racing's 430 also spent the entire session in the garage with a gearbox problems.

Free practice two for the Avon Tyres British GT Championship will take place at 1.00pm, ahead of qualifying at 5.25pm. Snetterton will host a two-hour race from the series on Sunday at 1.15pm.

Avon Tyres British GT Championship, Snetterton, free practice one:
1. Mtech Ferrari 458 Italia (Duncan Cameron/Matt Griffin), 1m51.693s
2. Trackspeed Porsche 997 (David Ashburn/Phil Keen), +0.188s
3. CRS Racing Ferrari 458 Italia (Jim Geddie/Glynn Geddie), +0.950s
4. Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin DBRS9 (Andrew Howard/Jonathan Adam), +1.199s
5. United Autosports Audi R8 (Mike Guasch/Matt Bell), +1.337s
6. CRS Racing 458 Italia (Andrew Tate/Tim Mullen), +1.473s
7. Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari 458 Italia (Michael Lyons/Charles Bateman), +1.616s
8. Preci-Spark Mercedes AMG SLS (Godfrey Jones/David Jones), +1.990s
9. Speedworks Motorsport Corvette Z06R (Ron Johnson/Piers Johnson), +2.156s
10. Trackspeed Porsche 997 (Gregor Fisken/Tim Bridgman), +3.120s

Tickets for the British F3 and GT Championships at Snetterton on 14/15 cost £12 on the gate on Saturday and £21 on Sunday for adults. Entry is free for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click on the link below.