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Kox Racing Leads The Way In Second Free Practice

Lee Mowle Motorsport tops GT3 again

After DKR’s Norma ran fastest in the first practice of the weekend, Kox Racing put a Ligier JS P3 on top at Paul Ricard in FP2, team owner Peter Kox setting a 2:03.784 in the second half of the hour-long session.

Completing the top three was the #53 M.Racing YMR Ligier four tenths off the Kox JS P3 and the Motorsport98 Ligier, Andy Meyrick touring the circuit in 2:05.629.

It left the #9 Duqueine Engineering Ligier down in fourth after topping the times early courtesy of a 1:05.657 from American driver Kenton Koch, and the Nielsen Racing JS P3 which broke the top three in Free Practice 1, fifth.

The FP1-topping DKR Engineering Norma M30 meanwhile, finished up the session down in eighth place overall, the car’s best time 2:06.994 from Alexander Toril, 2.7 seconds slower than Jean Glorieux’s FP1 time, which is still the fastest time of the LMP3 runners so far this weekend.

In GT3, Lee Mowle Motorsport again paced the field, Phil Keen again fastest in the British team’s AMG GT3. The 2:07.123 set by Keen was not only fastest of the GT runners, it also put him amongst the LMP3 best times, and ninth overall.

Second quickest in the class was Joe Osborne in the Optimum Audi once again, Osborne managing a 2:08.686, 1.5 off Keen. Fabio Babini completed the top three in the classification, putting Italian outfit EBIMotors’ Lamborghini Huracan GT3 ahead of the SVC example this time around.

In the session, which again ran in perfect sunny conditions, there was a single red flag stoppage again. This time it was due to an incident out on track involving the #65 GRAFF Ligier and the #8 SVC Sport Management Lamborghini. It ended with the Huracan, driven by Cedric Mezard, stopping out on track on an out-lap with 24 minutes remaining in the session. The car was delivered back to the paddock after the session.

The #55 Spirit of Race Ligier, which had an off into the barriers in the first session, didn’t take part in FP2.


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