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TF Sport heads second British GT practice at Snetterton

Saturday, August 22 2015

TF Sport's Jody Fannin and Andrew Jarman topped the second practice session ahead of qualifying for this weekend's Avon Tyres British GT Championship rounds at Snetterton today (Saturday), with Aston Martin teams looking strong on the 300 circuit.

The session opened well for TF Sport when Matt Bell posted the first truly representative time. Second practice began without the Team Russia BMW, which had suffered brake failure in the morning practice and was now undergoing repairs. Bell was joined at the head of the order by Alexander Sims in the Ecurie Ecosse BMW, albeit half a second in arrears.

Jon Barnes made it a 1-2 for Aston Martin with second-fastest time in the 22GT car as the session progressed, then Fannin moved the benchmark on by six tenths in the other TF Sport Vantage.

Below the Ecurie Ecosse car, there was a close group consisting of the VonRyan Racing McLaren, Oman Racing Team Aston and Team LNT Ginetta. Session one leader Jonny Adam was in this group as well, before taking second to consolidate the Aston Martin stranglehold.

Andrew Watson spoiled the Aston Martin party late on by taking third for VonRyan Racing, the Sims took second, just a quarter of a second shy of the leading Vantage.

GT4 saw Luke Davenport's Tolman Ginetta head the ISSY Racing Evora by seven tenths, before Gavan Kershaw closed the gap to just under a tenth. Both crews were some way clear of the title-leading Beechdean car, with University of Bolton, title-challenging Optimum and Fox Motorsport Ginettas all quicker.

The Tolman car was then challenged by the Stratton Motorsport Evora of James Nash, which got to within three one-hundredths of a second of the class leaders. Then on his final lap, Kershaw dragged the Evora ahead by six tenths, with a storming lap that broke the two minute barrier.

Qualifying will take place at 15:25.

Avon Tyres British GT Championship Practice two
1, Andrew Jarman/Jody Fannin, TF Sport, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, 1:49.569s
2, Marco Attard/Alexander Sims, Barwell Motorsport/Ecurie Ecosse, BMW Z4, GT3, +0.066s
3, Derek Johnston/Matt Bell, TF Sport, Aston Martin Vantage, GT3, +0.639s
4, Ross Wylie/Andrew Watson, VonRyanRacing, McLaren 650S, GT3, +0.932s
5, Andrew Howard/Jonny Adam, Beechdean AMR, Aston Martin Vantage, GT3, +1.062s
6, Mark Farmer/Jon Barnes, 22GT Racing, Aston Martin Vantage, GT3, +1.138s
7, Salih Yoluc/Euan Hankey, VonRyanRacing, McLaren 650S, GT3, +1.247s
8, Ahmad Al Harthy/Alex MacDowall, Oman Racing Team, Aston Martin Vantage, GT3, +1.336s
9, Steve Tandy/Mike Simpson, Team LNT, Ginetta, GT3, +1.492s
10, Alistair MacKinnon/Lewis Plato, RAM Racing, Mercedes AMG, GT3, +1.792s

Tickets for the British GT Championship at Snetterton on 22/23 August are available on the gate for £14 on Saturday and £23 on Sunday with free entry for under-13s. For more information, please call 0843 453 9000 or click here.