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SMP Racing Tops Time Sheets In FP1

Rigon sets the Russian team's flyer


Davide Rigon, at the wheel of the #72 SMP Racing Ferrari F488 GT3 he shares with Mikhael Aleshin and Miguel Molina, set the fastest time of the 90-minute practice session for Round 4 of the 2018 Blancpain GT Championship and the second round of the Endurance Cup with a 1:58.781 on his final lap.

Second quickest in the late-morning session was the #4 Mercedes-AMG Team Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 in which Luca Stolz was the first driver to set a lap-tine under 1:59 with a 1:58.999 as the session approached its final 10 minutes

Completing the top three, and the quickest of the Pro-Am class was the #87 Akka ASP Team Mercedes in which Nicolas Jamin set a 1:59.020 at the half-way mark in the car he shares with Jean-Luc Beaubelique and Mauro Ricci.

Quickest in the Silver class was the #90 Akka ASP Mercedes, driven by Jack Manchester, who lapped the 5.901km Northamptonshire circuit in 1:59.534.

In the Am category, it was British GT Championship stalwart Jon Minshaw in the #77 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 he shares with Adrian Amstutz and Leo Matchishki, who topped the class time-sheets with a 2:00.721 in the final 15 minutes.

The session took place in warm temperatures and a dry track and allowed teams to focus on finding a set-up for what is forecast to be an even warmer day on Sunday April 20 for qualifying and the three-hour race.

The session was largely uneventful but spins for the #72 SMP Racing Ferrari at Turn 12 with Miguel Molina at the wheel and the #7 Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3 with Steven Kane driving at Turn 1, which caused local yellows.

The Blancpain GT Series grid will be next out on circuit for the 90-minute Pre-Qualifying Session at 15:45 local time with qualifying taking place on Sunday May 20 at 09:45. The lights go out for Round Four of the 2018 Blancpain GT Series at 15:00 on May 20.