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FP2: Vandierendonck tops shortened second practice session at Barcelona;Earle quickest in Iron Cup

1 October 2016

Jurgen Smet brought proceedings to a close five minutes early after his Monlau Competicion-run Renault RS01’s engine cover parted company along the back straight. That denied anyone else an opportunity to challenge the Selleslagh Racing Team Corvette which led from almost start to finish after setting two times quick enough for top-spot.

Vandierendonck’s eventual benchmark of 1m51.701s might have been almost a second slower than the morning’s best but it was still 0.347s faster than Mario Cordoni could manage aboard his AF Corse Ferrari, which finished second.

Newly-crowned Overall champion Michal Broniszewski moved up to third, and just 0.068s shy of Cordoni’s time, in the closing stages, while Maurice Ricci’s AKKA ASP-entered Mercedes-AMG GT3 was also right in the hunt in fourth, albeit just one thousandth of a second faster than Anthony Pons’ GTE-spec Ferrari 458.

Jean-Michel Baert continued to acclimatise to his new Audi R8 LMS by lapping seventh quickest and one place ahead of FP1 pace-setter Jaime Font Casas.

Elsewhere, Iron Cup title challenger Stephen Earle was fastest of the over-60 contingent after out-gunning Jan Brunstedt by only 0.019s. Championship leader and reigning champion Martin Lanting finished third.

This afternoon’s final qualifying session of the season gets underway at 17:15 local time. Watch it live on the Blancpain GT Sports Club website.

Click here for the full FP2 classification.