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ELMS: Silverstone, Free Practice 2, Greaves Gibson Fastest, Ginettas Improving Rapidly

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There was another Gibson 1-2 but this time it was Jon Lancaster that set the session pace aboard the #41 Greaves Motorsport 015S setting the best time of the day in the middle of the session with a 1:49.419 ahead of the Jota car, Felipe Albuquerque closing in with a 1:50.017.

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Nathaniel Berthon had led the order early on in the Murphy Prototypes Oreca but a 1:50.7 wasn’t enough to fend off the Gibsons.

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Kudos meanwhile to Leo Roussel in the Pegasus Morgan Nissan, he moved up to fifth late in the session, just behind the #32 AF Corse Oreca (Mediani), to edge out Gommendy’s best time in the Tiriet by TDS Oreca 05.

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LMP3 saw some big improvements, in particular from the two Team LNT cars, Charlie Robertson chipping away at his and the #3 car’s best times, working his way down to an excellent 2:01.869, a time almost matched by Mike Simpson in the sister #2 car very late in the session, ending just a tenth off.

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All five cars ran this time out, the #15 SVK by Speed Factory car taking to the track for the first time, but there was limited running for the #7 car, power steering issues putting the car into the garage by mid session.

GTE saw several cars hit trouble, and indeed each other, a clash on track at the final turn between the Marc VDS BMW and the #88 Proton Porsche seeing Khaled Al Qubaisi’s car coming off worse and failing to make it back to the pits. Almost at the same time there was a clash in the pits between the Gulf Porsche and the #55 AF Corse Ferrari, looking rather like confusion over pit release between the two squads, both cars made it back out though later in the session.

Earlier in the session a gravelly moment for Peter Mann in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari led to a brief red flag, the same driver further blotting his copy book with further trip into the kitty litter 7 minutes later that ended his session.

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In the timing stakes the session was topped by the #56 AT Racing Ferrari of Alexander Talkanitsa Jr with an early session 2:01.248. Klaus Bachler popping in the second fastest GTE time of the session before the Al Qubaisi’s later misadventures and Andy Priaulx grabbing third in the #52 Marc VDS BMW late in the session, these three the only cars in the 2:01s

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GTC saw a Ferrari 1-2, Marco Cioci setting an early mark in the #63 458 Italia 2:05.112 that was almost matched by Stuart Hall’s 2:05.118 with the TDS BMW just a tenth back too.

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