High Class Racing take early Spa advantage in free practice

High Class Racing take early Spa advantage in free practice
  • Pro-Am class leaders Mark Patterson and Anders Fjordbach set the benchmark in first practice
  • Christoph Ulrich sets the pace in Am on board Sportec Motorsport KTM.
  • Preparations continue with the second free practice session at 11:50, streamed live on the GTWorld YouTube channel.

Mark Patterson and Anders Fjordbach took the High Class Racing #33 Audi R8 LMS to the top of the timing screens in the first official Fanatec GT2 European Series practice session at Spa-Francorchamps. 

The current Pro-Am leaders set the benchmark of 2:24.402 early on in the session, which proved fortuitous timing as the Audi suffered contact with the turn four barriers around the 30-minute mark and played no further part in the session.

Chasing Patterson and Fjordbach on track, and in the Pro-Am standings, was Peter Guelinckx and Bert Longin who settled into a strong rhythm with a time 0.263 seconds shy of the leading duo.

True Racing’s Sehdi Sarmini and Stefan Rosina recorded the fastest time of the KTM X-Bow GT2 challengers to complete the top three, setting a time just 0.057 shy of the #81 PK Carsport Audi.  

Clocking in as the quickest Am entry so far, Sportec’s Christoph Ulrich was fourth fastest ahead of Rupert Atzenberger and Hendrik Still, only for the Teichmann Racing KTM to suffer an excursion into the tyre barriers at Turn 11, which brought the session to a premature stop. The Reiter Engineering entry of Michael Bleekemolen and Peter Kox then completed the top six.

LP Racing’s Leonardo Gorini set the second fastest Am time in the #911 Porsche, eighth overall, closely followed by Aurelijus Rusteika and Michael Vergers in the #5 Speed Factory Racing Porsche, just 0.1 seconds behind.

Kris Rosenberger and Hans-Joachim Stuck completed the Am class top three in ninth overall,  whilst Stephane Ratel and Luca Pirri completed the top 10 in the LP Racing Audi. The Target Racing Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo finished 11th, 0.4 ahead of Klaus Angerhofer and Hubert Trunkenpolz’s KTM X-Bow.

Preparations for the championship’s inaugural outing at Spa continue with free practice at 11:50 (CEST), with the action streamed live on the GTWorld YouTube channel.