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Trackspeed Porsche leads British GT free practice two

Saturday, May 14 2011

Trackspeed Porsche dominated the second free practice session of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Snetterton on Saturday, as David Ashburn and Phil Keen led team-mates Gregor Fisken and Tim Bridgman in mixed weather conditions.

The hour-long session got off to a tentative start due to a brief hailstorm, whilst there was a short rain shower halfway through. This meant that the majority of teams set their best lap times in the final stages on a drying track.

Several cars topped the timesheets during the first half of free practice two, including the Preci-Spark Mercedes SLS of David Jones/Godfrey Jones, Jonathan Adam and Andrew Howard's Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin DBRS9 and the Rosso Verde Ferrari 430 of Allan Simonsen/Tim Bridgman.

However, Trackspeed's Porsche 997s came to the fore as the session reached its climax, as Tim Bridgman posted the overall fastest time with 13 minutes remaining - only to be superseded by Phil Keen in the last three minutes. Keen's fastest time of 1m51.809s was less than two tenths of a second slower than the benchmark time set by Mtech's Ferrari 458 in free practice one, demonstrating the speed at which the 300 circuit dried during the session.

Michael Lyons steered Scuderia Vittoria's Ferrari 458 to third quickest, ahead of the Rosso Verde Ferrari and Jim and Glynn Geddie's CRS Ferrari 458.

The Vantage Racing Aston Martin DBRS9 of Stuart Hall and Tom Black recovered from a gearbox problem in free practice one to set the sixth fastest time, with the United Autosports Audi R8 of Mike Guasch and Matt Bell in seventh.

Andrew Howard and Jonathan Adam's Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin DBRS9 secured eigth fastest, whilst Preci-Sparks Mercedes shuffled down the order to lie ninth at the finish.

Predator CCTV Racing's Ferrari 430 completed the top ten after overcoming a sensor problem earlier in the day.

There was a reversal of fortunes for Mtech's Ferrari in the second session, as the free practice one pace-setters stopped out on track with a driveshaft issue.

Chad Racing's Ferrari 430 also endured a difficult day, failing to set a time in either session after struggling with gearbox difficulties.

Peter Belshaw and Marcus Clutton's ABG Motorsport KTM X Bow ended its session early after sliding into the gravel at Riches with seven minutes remaining.

Qualifying for the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Snetterton will take place at 5.25pm on Saturday, before a two-hour race at 1.15pm on Sunday.

Avon Tyres British GT Championship, Snetterton, free practice two:
1. Trackspeed Porsche 997 (David Ashburn/Phil Keen), 1m51.809s
2. Trackspeed Porsche 997 (Gregor Fisken/Tim Bridgman), +.0921s
3. Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari 458 Italia (Michael Lyons/Charles Bateman), +1.038s
4. Rosso Verde Ferrari 430 (Hector Lester/Allan Simonsen), +1.289s
5. CRS Racing Ferrari 458 Italia (Jim Geddie/Glynn Geddie), +1.549s
6. Vantage Racing Aston Martin DBRS9 (Stuart Hall/Tom Black), +2.203s
7. United Autosports Audi R8 (Mike Guasch/Matt Bell), +3.365s
8. Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin DBRS9 (Andrew Howard/Jonathan Adam), +4.338s
9. Preci-Spark Mercedes AMG SLS (Godfrey Jones/David Jones), +4.772s
10. Predator CCTV Racing Ferrari 430 (Phil Burton/Adam Willcox), +6.532s

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.