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BMW heads Blancpain GT second practice at Brands Hatch

Saturday, May 06 2017

The Rowe Racing BMW M6 of Jesse Krohn and Markus Palttala headed the second Blancpain GT Series practice session at Brands Hatch ahead of today's (Saturday) qualifying session.

The session began with Christopher Mies's WRT Audi R8 and Mirko Bortolotti's Grasser Lamborghini Huracan trading times, which was followed by a brief cessation of activities when the Reiter Young Stars Lamborghini Gallardo of Marko Helistekangas ran wide on the Grand Prix loop and hit the barrier.

The second part of the session following the stoppage saw the Grasser Huracan of Norbert Siedler and then Raffaele Marciello's Akka ASP Mercedes-AMG GT head the table. The Mercedes of Franck Perera then went fastest with just over 12 minutes to go, and at a time when teams would have been testing qualifying set-ups.

With just a few minutes remaining, the Rowe Racing BMW M6 of Jesse Krohn topped the session, with Mies and Dries Vanthoor taking second and third places.

The Franck Perera/Maxi Buhk Mercedes finished the session in fourth place, heading two of the Akka ASP AMG GTs, then the GRT Lamborghinis, which sandwiched Stuart Leonard and Robin Frijn's R8, and the second Rowe Racing BMW of Antonio Felix da Costa and Philipp Eng.

Qualifying for the first of this weekend's two races will take place at 4.35pm.

Blancpain GT Series Practice Two
1, Jesse Krohn/Markus Palttala, Rowe, BMW M6, 1:23.972s
2, Enzo Ide/Christopher Mies, Team WRT, Audi R8, +0.118s
3, Marcel Fässler/Dries Vanthoor, Team WRT, Audi R8, +0.159s
4, Franck Perera/Maxi Buhk, HTP, Mercedes-AMG GT, +0.193s
5, Jean-Luc Beaubelique/Jules Gounon, Akka ASP, Mercedes-AMG GT, +0.260s
6, Michael Meadows/Raffaele Marciello, Akka ASP, Mercedes-AMG GT, +0.323s
7, Ezequiel Perez Companc/Norbert Siedler, GRT, Lamborghini Huracan, +0.357s
8, Stuart Leonard/Robin Frijns, Team WRT, Audi R8, +0.381s
9, Christian Engelhart/Mirko Bortolotti, GRT, Lamborghini Huracan, +0.453s
10, Antonio Felix da Costa/Philipp Eng, Rowe, BMW M6, +0.509s

Tickets for the Blancpain GT Series at Brands Hatch are available on the gate for £15 on Saturday and £28 on Sunday, with free entry for under-13s. For more information, please call 0843 453 9000 or click  here.