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Early benchmark puts High Class Racing top in opening Paul Ricard practice

1 October 2021
Anders Fjordbach set an early benchmark time of 2:05.700 in the #33 High Class Racing Audi he shares with Mark Patterson to top the opening Fanatec GT2 European Series practice session at the Circuit Paul Ricard title decider.

Fjordbach and Patterson arrived at Le Castellet just 14 points clear of rival Audi squad PK Carsport by Heinz, the #81 driven Peter Guelinckx and Bert Longin. with a maximum score of 50 on offer across this weekend's double-header.

On just his fourth lap of the 50-minute session, Danish ace Fjordbach clocked the fastest time around the 5.8km circuit to deny the Brabham BT63 GT2 concept in the hands of David Brabham and Dennis Andersen top spot on it's competitive debut by 2.4 seconds.

It nevertheless represented a solid hour of running for the latest car designed to fit SRO's fledgling GT2 regulations, the Brabham a tenth of a second in turn ahead of third-placed Julien Piguet and Cedric Leimer in the #63 AutoVitesse Lamborghini Huracan.

Another entry making it's debut this weekend, the #11 PK Carsport Audi for experienced GT campaigners Stienes Longin and Jens Liebhauser, was fourth, whilst recently-crowned Am Cup champion Christoph Ulrich improved on his final flying effort in the #7 Sportec KTM X-BOW to round out the top five.

LP Racing's #88 Audi was sixth in the hands of Luca Pirri and Stephane Ratel, with Guelinckx and Longin split by less than a tenth from the #32 Target Racing Lamborghini of Jaromir Jirik and Huilan Han in seventh and eighth respectively.

Speed Factory Racing's #5 challenger was the highest-placed of the two Porsche entries on the grid in ninth, with Aurelijus Rusteika and Michael Vergers just ahead of Kris Rosenberger and Hans-Joachim Stuck in the #24 Reiter Engineering KTM.

True Racing's Hubert Trunkenpolz and Klaus Angerhofer were eleventh overall, fourth among the Am runners, with Cyril Leimer's #19 AutoVitesse Lamborghini, True Racing's Sehdi Sarmini (KTM) and Leonardo Gorini in the LP Racing-run Porsche for close company behind.

Debutantes Scuderia Ravetto & Ruberti were next in the sole Ferrari 488 Evo to grace the entry list in JM Littman and Luca Demarchi's charge, with Stefan Larsson and Mauro Casadei rounding out the 16-car field ahead of the final practice session at 14:40 CEST.