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Beechdean fastest in second British GT practice at Snetterton

Saturday, June 21 2014

Reigning champion Avon Tyres British GT Championship team Beechdean headed the second practice session ahead of today's (Saturday) qualifying session at Snetterton, with Johnny Adam taking the honours.

Earlier pacesetter Jonny Cocker bolted out of the pitlane and immediately set to work on heading the field once more. However the Aston Martins of Adam and Jon Gaw were both quicker, as was Wolfgang Reip's Nissan GT-R.

Phil Keen's Porsche was the next to head the order, before Adam returned the reigning champion Aston Martin to the head of the table. Not for long, however, as Adam Carroll placed the FF Corse Ferrari 458 in front. Nevertheless, his time was still more than half a second shy of Cocker's morning benchmark at this early stage.

It was Tom Onslow-Cole who would be first to take the honour of beating Cocker's morning time in the Strata 21 Aston Martin after just a quarter of the session had run. This was followed by a rush to the pitlane for the am drivers to take to their respective driving seats, thus leaving Strata 21 at the top for some time.

Indeed it took almost half an hour for Joe Osborne to better Onslow-Cole's time by six hundredths of a second in the Triple 8 BMW Z4. Unsurprisingly this triggered another round of pitstops, with the pro drivers now filling the field.

A strong effort from Richard Abra placed the MP Motorsport Aston Martin in second place, just three hundredths of a second shy of the fastest time. Despite a second lap that was quicker in sectors one and two, he failed to improve, unlike Adam, who stormed to the top by over four tenths with just four minutes of the session remaining.

Ian Stinton's Ginetta then stopped out on the circuit at the exit of Agostini, and with yellow flags now brought into play, it looked as though Adam's time would not be bettered. However green flags waved with just enough time for a final lap from everyone, but only Keen could improve his postion to fifth behind the Beechdean, Triple 8, MP Motorsport and Strata 21 cars.

In GT4 Gavan Kershaw kept the Lotus Evora on top, despite a late effort from Dan Cammish to haul the Team Parker Porsche to second.

Qualifying will take place at 4:40pm and a full result of this session can be downloaded by clicking here.

Avon Tyres British GT Championship Practice two
1, Beechdean AMR, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Andrew Howard/Jonny Adam, GT3, 1:50.066
2, Triple 8, BMW Z4 GT3, Lee Mowle/Joe Osborne, GT3, +0.440s
3, MP Motorsport AMR, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Mark Poole/Richard Abra, GT3, +0.469s
4, Strata 21, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Paul White/Tom Onslow-Cole, GT3, +0.505s
5, Trackspeed, Porsche 997 GT3 R, Jon Minshaw/Phil Keen, GT3, +0.551s
6, Oman Racing Team, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Ahmad Al Harthy/Michael Caine, GT3, +0.732s
7, FF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia, Gary Eastwood/Adam Carroll, GT3, +0.836s
8, AF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia, Pasin Lathouras/Richard Lyons, GT3, +0.854s
9, IDL CWS Racing, G55 Ginetta GT3, Ian Stinton/Tom Sharp, GT3, +0.946s
10, AF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia, John Dhillon/Aaron Scott, GT3, +0.951s

Tickets for the British GT and F3 Championships at Snetterton on 21/22 June 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, or to book tickets click here.