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Ayari and Marroc complete Ferrari domination of GT Open practice

Friday, July 22 2011

Soheil Ayari and Nicolas Marroc posted the best time in second practice for the International GT Open races, in a session that was once again interrupted by red flags. Their time of 1:26.490 was just over a tenth faster than their closest challenger, the Ferrari 458 of Andrea Montermini and Emmanuele Moncini.

The first stoppage came after less than ten minutes, as the Andrea Ceccato/Alvaro Barba Porsche found itself in the gravel at Paddock Hill. This morning's pacesetters Peter and Broniszewski held the top spot in their Ferrari 458 at this early stage.

In a session defined by red flags, Alessandro Garafano and Luca Rangoni's number 1 Ferrari 430 had another off, this time at Druids, as the drivers endured another torrid practice. This wasn't enough to pause the running, but five minutes later the 458 of Alexander Talkanitsa and Talkanitsa Jr were off at Sheene Curve and the resultant stoppage allowed both cars to return to the pits.

The track was reopened with half of the hour remaining and the Ferrari of Ayari and Marroc went quickest at this point. Their lap was recorded just in time, for the third and final red flag of the day came out after just five minutes. This time the Kessel Racing Ferrari 430 of Beniamino Caccia and Massimo Mantovani was stranded at Stirlings and a further five minutes of recovery left just twenty minutes to go.

The only change to the top of the table came when Montermini and Moncini posted the second fastest time. Thus when the chequered flag came out, Ayari and Marroc were fastest, with Peter and Broniszewski third. Lorenzo Bontempelli and Stefano Gattuso were the fastest GTS runners in fourth, with Nicolas DiMarco and Marcello Puglisi's Mercedes SLS fifth.

In sixth was the Miguel Ramos/Raffaele Giammaria 458, then the Stefano Bizzarri/Andrea Rizzoli GTS 458, before the 1 and 2 cars, Claudio Sdanewitsch/Micheel Rugulo ahead of Garofano and Rangoni. They just pipped another visitor to the gravel the Autorlando Sport Porsche of Ceccato and Barba.

The first qualifying session for the International GT Open series is at 9:40am tomorrow.

International GT Open, Practice two:

1. Ayari/Marroc, JMB Racing, Ferrari 458 GT Italia, SGT, 1:26.490s
2. Montermini/Moncini, Scuderia Villorba Corse, Ferrari 458 GT Italia, SGT, +0.154s
3. Peter/Broniszewski, Kessel Racing, Ferrari 458 GT Italia, SGT, +0.509s
4. Bontempelli/Gattuso, Kessel Racing, Ferrari 458 GT3, GTS, +0.618s
5. Di Marco/Puglisi, Sport & You, Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, GTS, +0.655s
6. Ramos/Giammaria, Racing Team Edil-Cris, Ferrari 458 GT Italia, SGT, +0.831s
7. Bizzarri/Cadei, AF Corse, Ferrari 458 GT3, GTS, +0.886s
8. Sdanewitsch/Rugolo, AF Corse, Ferrari 430 GT2, SGT, +1.021s
9. Garofano/Rangoni, AF Corse, Ferrari 430 GT2, SGT, +1.060s
10. Ceccato/Barba, Autorlando Sport, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, SGT, +1.137s

Entry for the FIA Formula Two Championship and International GT Open at Brands Hatch is free today. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are available on the gate from £12, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information and a timetable click the link below..