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Ginetta teams optimise GT warm-up opportunity at Brands Hatch

Sunday, June 24 2012

Optimum Motorsport's Ginetta G55 headed the Avon Tyres British GT Championship field in the warm up session ahead of this afternoon's race at Brands Hatch today (Sunday). One of three Ginettas in the top ten, the Spark Racing G55 sandwiched the RJN team's Nissan GTR, whilst not a single Ferrari made the top ten.

Overnight rain meant that the track was damp but drying around the Indy circuit, however the Grand Prix section, under cover of trees, was sure to be a little trickier. With better weather forecast for the afternoon, there was still some value in taking to the track in case of showers later in the day.

RJN headed the early running, the Nissan benefitting from the damp track but even so the Trackspeed team were running second with David Ashburn and Nicolas Armindo in the trickier rear-engined Porsche. However more than a second separated them on times.

In third was the Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G55, and with a minute to go they took the top slot by two tenths, stretching the margin a little on their final tour. Behind the RJN Nissan, Stark put a second G55 in the top three, with the United Autosports Audi also demoting the leading Trackspeed car. Motorbase's Porsche of Daniele Perfetti and Michael Caine was sixth fastest from the JMH Nissan, Preci-Spark Mercedes and Ecurie Ecosse BMW, whilst WFR made it three Ginettas in the top ten.

In GT4, Lotus Sport headed Jota's Mazda by over two seconds. The 2-hour British GT race will take place at 14:10.

Avon Tyres British GT Championship Warm-up

1, Optimum Motorsport, George Murrells/Luke Hines, Ginetta G55, 1:38.573s
2, RJN Motorsport, Alex Buncombe/Jann Mardenborough, Nissan GTR GT3, +0.224s
3, Stark Racing, Ian Stinton/Jake Rattenbury, Ginetta G55, +0.263s
4, United Autosports, Matt Bell/Charles Bateman, Audi R8 LMS Ultra, +0.684s
5, Trackspeed, David Ashburn/Nicolas Armindo, Porsche 997 GT3 R, +1.421s
6, Motorbase, Danielle Perfetti/ Michael Caine, Porsche 997 GT3 R, +1.700s
7, JMH, Benji Hetherington/Freddie Hetherington, Nissan GTR GT3, +2.096s
8, Preci-Spark, David Jones/Godfrey Jones, Mercedes AMG SLS GT3, +2.578s
9, Ecurie Ecosse, Oliver Bryant/Alasdair McCaig, BMW Z4 GT3, +2.826s
10, Team WFR, Riki Christodoulou/Jody Firth, Ginetta G55, +3.311s

Tickets for the British F3/GT Championships at Brands Hatch on 23/24 June are available on the gate for £21 on Sunday, with free admission for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.