> Result: FP1
2 Seas Motorsport made a superb comeback in Intelligent Money British GT action with Hunter Abbott and Martin Kodrić placing the team in the lead in times in the opening free practice session at Silverstone this morning.
Another newcomer raced in GT4, with Matt Topham and Darren Turner setting the fastest times aboard Newbridge Motorsport’s Aston Martin Vantage.
The morning session started under an overcast sky but, more importantly, remained dry throughout, which allowed Kodrić to set a time of 1m59.037 on his last rolling lap.
At the start it was another returning squad that had an early impact, as Charlie Eastwood wasted no time putting the # 38 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage he shares with Giacomo Petrobelli in the lead of time. .
Eastwood’s turn was good enough to lead the field the entire first half of the session, before 2 Seas settled Kodrić in and sent the Croatian ace off to the chase. He reached first place moments later and, although TF sacked Eastwood for a second run late in the session, Kodrić lowered the benchmark again on his last flight to end the session a quarter of a second ahead.
Marco Sørensen brought the second Aston TF Sport he shares with Bonamy Grimes to the late third place, just ahead of the RAM Racing Mercedes-AMG of Ian Loggie and Yelmer Buurman. Richard and Sam Neary put three Mercedes-AMGs in the top five with their Abba Racing machine, with Morgan Tillbrook / Marcus Clutton finishing sixth as the fastest McLaren.
Nick Jones and Scott Malvern finished seventh in Team Parker Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 R, while Brendan Iribe and Ollie Millroy completed the McLaren Inception Racing top eight.
Darren Turner produced a late stage to squeeze Newbridge Motorsport’s Aston Martin Vantage into first place during the closing moments of the session, cushioning what had otherwise been a near-perfect session for the Steller Motorsport Audi.
Sennan Williams put Audi in the lead early in the session, and his 2m11.2sec seemed almost unbeatable as he had a good gap over the rest of the field for much of the hour.
Indeed, Steller looked stellar until the last few minutes, when Turner took over Matt Topham’s Newbridge Aston and immediately began to eat away at the Audi benchmark. After coming close to two tenths on his first attempt, Turner then improved it to lead the class by just 0.087 seconds and put the Pro-Am crew in the lead. Steller, however, kept the fastest time in the GT4 Silver Cup in second position.
John Ferguson and Scott McKenna finished third in the Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Supra, ahead of Brands Hatch winners Will Burns and Gus Burton in the BMW M4 Century Motorsport.
Mark Samson and Charlie Robertson’s Assetto Motorsport Ginetta G56 finished fifth, just ahead of Chris Salkeld / Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke’s second-century BMW. Dave Whitmore and Jake Giddings placed the Mercedes-AMG of Ciceley Motorsport seventh, Will Moore and Matt Cowley completing the top eight of their Ford Mustang Academy Motorsport.