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Winslow Fastest In Friday’s Gulf 12 Hours Practice Sessions (Updated)

Kessel continues to top GT

Update: After the session it was revealed to DSC by United Autosports that James Winslow skipped the chicane on his fastest lap, invalidating the time. Therefore, Alex Lynn was in fact the fastest driver in FP4. No official changes have been made to the results to reflect this however.

James Winslow set the fastest lap time of the 2016 Gulf 12 Hours so far during Free Practice 4, a 2:06.303 with just over 20 minutes remaining in the 75-minute session to put the #5 Graff Ligier JSP3 top of the screens.

Prior to Winslow’s lap, Alex Lynn’s 2:06.615 was the fastest time of the day in the #23 United Autosports JSP3 during FP4, which for a time was three seconds clear at the top until Winslow’s flyer.

The GT classes meanwhile were headed by the 2015 Gulf 12-winning #11 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 Pro class entry which during FP4 set the quickest GT time of the event thus far. AF Corse WEC driver Davide Rigon toured the Yas Marina circuit in 2:09.260, one of only two drivers to complete a sub-2:09 time.

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The other was Francesco Castellacci in the #51 AF Corse/Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3 soon after Rigon’s best time in FP4, which subsequently put the car top of the Pro-Am class in the times.

Dragon Racing’s Pro-entered 488 of Matt Griffin, Rob Barff and Nic Minassian also ran quickly throughout the morning in both Free Practice 3 and 4. The best time across the two sessions came in the FP3, a 2:10.005 which in the classification put them second among the GTs and sixth overall.

The Gentleman GT category’s best time also came from Kessel Racing, its #77 Ferrari managing a 2:10.130 which was good enough for eighth overall in FP3.

During FP3 the fastest GTX time was also set. Generation AMR’s Vantage broke the Villorba Corse stranglehold at the top of the the class from Thursday, with a 2:22.878 which is the fastest GT4 time of the event so far.

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Normal service was resumed during FP4 however in GTX, with the #50 Scuderia Villorba Corse Maserati MC GT4 of Antoni Chodzen reeling off a 2:23.770 midway through the session to go ahead of the sister #90 MC GT4 of Giuseppe Fascicolo, Csaba Mor and Thomas Herpell by six tenths.

Qualifying is set to begin at 15:45 local time in the UAE.