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Handy Tandy heads second British GT Practice at Brands Hatch

Saturday, August 30 2014

Avon Tyres British GT Championship returnee Nick Tandy topped the second practice session in the Trackspeed Porsche at Brands Hatch today (Saturday), heading the Triple 8 BMW of Joe Osborne and Derek Johnston and an Aston Martin-dominated top ten.

Jonny Adam was soon setting the pace once more when the cars got back up to speed in the final practice session ahead of qualifying later today. Steven Kane's Bentley then topped the session briefly before Adam resumed his place at the head of the order.

Another former BTCC driver doing well at this point was Alex MacDowall, who was guesting in the PGF-Kinfaun Aston Martin, and he posted the quickest time with a third of the session having run. Ten minutes later Joe Osborne put the Triple 8 BMW top, with a time half a second quicker than Benny Simonsen had managed in opening practice.

Tom Onslow-Cole was having a strong run in the Strata 21 Aston Martin, holding third place at the halfway stage ahead of the similar cars of Rory Butcher and Adam. The Beechdean cars was then demoted further by Jann Mardenborough in the Nissan GT-R that he is sharing with Sir Chris Hoy this weekend.

With just over ten minutes remaining Aaron Scott lapped the AF Corse Ferrari third quickest, just as Adam was getting back into his stride. The Beechdean car went fourth fastest on his first effort, but the Aston Martin was back in the pits at the end of the next lap.

Next to have a go were Alexander Sims in the Ecurie Ecosse BMW and Nick Tandy in the Trackspeed Porsche. Sims only lapped tenth fastest, but Tandy was quickest by over a tenth, before a stunning effort that took another four tenths away from the field.

No-one was able to respond to Tandy's time, and he headed Osborne when the session came to a close, with just the AF Corse Ferrari, RJN Nissan GT-R and M-Sport Bentley amongst a plethora of Aston Martins.

Beechdean's Jake Giddins topped the early GT4 running from Rick Parfitt Jnr's Ginetta and the improving Oz Yusuf, on the Evora driver's first competitive visit to the Brands Hatch GP circuit. As the session progressed, Dan Cammish topped the order in his Porsche, a second clear of Giddins. This prompted Gavan Kershaw to jump into the Evora and he closed the gap to Cammish, but then Bradley Ellis usurped the Porsche's position at the top of the order, and Jamie Stanley demoted Kershaw for third place.

Avon Tyres British GT Championship Practice two
1, David Ashburn/Nick Tandy (+10), Trackspeed, Porsche 997, GT3, 1:25.450s
2, Derek Johnston/Joe Osborne, Triple 8, BMW Z4, GT3, +0.533s
3, Phil Dryburgh/Alex MacDowall, PGF - Kinfaun AMR, Aston Martin Vantage, GT3, +0.833s
4, John Dhillon/Aaron Scott, AF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia, GT3, +0.952s
5, Andrew Howard/Jonny Adam, Beechdean AMR, Aston Martin Vantage, GT3, +0.953s
6, Paul White/Tom Onslow-Cole, Strata 21, Aston Martin Vantage, GT3, +0.976s
7, Jeff Smith/Rory Butcher, Oman Racing Team, Aston Martin Vantage, GT3, +0.991s
8, Chris Hoy/Jann Mardenborough, Nissan GT Academy Team RJN, Nissan GT-R, GT3, +1.212s
9, Colin White/Tom Sharp, MP Motorsport, Aston Martin Vantage, GT3, +1.238s
10, Humaid Al Masaoud/Steven Kane, M-Sport, Bentley Continental, GT3, +1.342s

Click here to view the full result.

Tickets for the British GT and F3 Championships at Brands Hatch on 30/31 August are available on the gate for £14 on Saturday and £22 on Sunday, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.