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Keen Headlines Barwell 1-2-3 In FP2

Ebor Maserati quickest again in GT4

After Team Parker Bentley ran fastest in Free Practice 1, Barwell Motorsport held a 1-2-3 in FP2 at Spa-Francorchamps after the second hour-long British GT practice session in the sunshine. Fastest of the British outfit’s six drivers was Phil Keen, who posted a 2:20.475 in the second half of the session to put himself and Jon Minshaw’s #33 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 top.

“It was a good lap,” Keen said to DSC. “The track was a lot slower than the first session because of the heat, but I’m pleased as I was on old tyres. I got in at the end after Jon (Minshaw) did a Qualifying run on fresh rubber during the session, it’s a shame that he was held up by so much traffic.

“I just did a dash for a time and to fine tune the car and only had to pass a single car on my fastest lap.”

Second in the GT3 ranks was the #6 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini, after Sam Tordoff set a 2:20.746, just two tenth’s off Keen’s best.

It looked as though the #1 TF Sport Aston Martin would finish up the session third, with a 2:21.089, but Patrick Kujala in the #66 Barwell Huracan set a 2:20.993 to snag the place, relegating Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam’s Vantage to fourth. The #11 TF Sport Aston Martin rounded out the top five, ahead of another one of the one-off entries – the #39 Kessel Racing Ferrari of Piti Bhirombhakdi and Carlo van Dam.

In GT4 the Ebor GT Maserati of Matthew Graham ran quickest again with a 2:33.996. Graham in the Italian machine setting a 2:33.996, over two seconds slower than the FP1 best.

Graham’s flyer was still 0.271 quicker than the rest of the field though. The HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55 was the nearest challenger, as the team once again ran quickly, representing the best of the six Ginetta G55s in the class.

The car moved into second at the very end of the session with a 2:34.408 after it led most of the first half of the session, headlining a 1-2-3 for Ginetta ahead of the #63 Autoaid/RCIB Insurance and Lanan G55s.

The final time by the HHC Ginneta dropped Martin Plowman’s #53 UltraTek Racing Team RJN Nissan 370Z to third, after he set a 2:34.418 which initially was good enough for first in the class. The aforementioned #63 RCIB Ginetta slipped to fourth by the end of the hour, with the #42 Macmillan AMR Vantage claiming fifth.

FP2 was mostly clean, and unlike FP1, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit didn’t claim any victims.

Next up for the British GT runners is Qualifying ahead of tomorrow’s pair of hour-long sprints, at 16:15 local time.

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