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Parker Bentley & TF Aston Top Free Practice Sessions

Incidents for Hibbert in #19 Ginetta and MacLeod in #7 Bentley

Team Parker finished 1-2 in Saturday morning’s FP1 session for British GT at Brands Hatch, with the Seb Morris/Rick Parfitt #31 car leading the #7 Ian Loggie/Calum MacLeod entry. Mike Simpson topped GT4 in the #111 Century Ginetta he shares with Anna Walewksa, with the Tregurtha/Middleton HHC Ginetta second.

Also in the first session, Niall Murray in Century’s #43 GT4-class Ginetta (above) had to pull in on the paddock straight with driveshaft failure, but there was a more serious incident for Tom Hibbert in the #19 G55 GT3 he’s sharing with Ben Tuck this weekend. A touch too much the kerb at Stirlings pitched Hibbert into the barriers, heavily damaging the car.

Century initially moved to bring a spare car from their workshop, but 2017 MSA rules prohibit the same entry using two chassis in a weekend, so the mechanics instead set to work repairing the damaged car, with a target of making Sunday morning’s warm-up session and the race.

FP2 just before lunch saw a red flag when MacLeod had an off at Hawthorn in the #7 Bentley (above), resulting in minor rear-end damage. The session had hardly restarted when the reds were thrown again due to Mark Farmer finding the gravel in the #11 TF Sport Aston, but the stoppage was short this time.

Once the clock had ticked down the hour’s running, Johnny Adam went fastest at the last possible moment in the #1 TF Sport Aston, his 1:25.864 just eclipsing Phil Keen’s previous benchmark in the #33 Demon Tweeks Lamborghini. Top of GT4 this time around was the Tregurtha/Middleton-driven HHC Ginetta.