FP2: Barwell strikes back as Steller plays in GT4

> Mitchell and Fielding set the tone
> Result: Free Practice 2

Barwell Motorsport duo Sandy Mitchell and Adam Balon emerged ahead of a close battle with the RAM Racing Mercedes-AMG of Jules Gounon and Ian Loggie to snatch the fastest time in the second practice session at Donington Park, while that in GT4, it’s Richard Williams and Sennan Fielding of Steller Motorsport. advantage before qualifying.

With the water clear from the previous session and the track now dry, the second outing of the day proved to be much more stable, and once again enlivened by a formidable duel for the fastest time between Jules Gounon and Sandy Mitchell.

After trading the fastest times in mixed conditions earlier, the pair engaged in another close fight, with Mitchell taking the lead by just over a tenth in the Barwell Lamborghini.

The majority of Pro drivers opted to take the wheel for the early stages, with the best time alternating between the Enduro Motorsport McLaren of Marcus Clutton, the Abba Mercedes-AMG Team of Sam Neary and the 7TSIX McLaren of Euan Hankey before that Mitchell hits the front in the Lambo for the first time. . Shortly after, Michael O’Brien maintained the solid form shown by JMH powered Orange Racing in FP1 by passing Mitchell to lead the way just as the session was briefly interrupted when the BMW #91 Century came to a stop on the right track. after a broken belt.

The reboot left just over 20 minutes on the clock and featured a Mitchell vs Gounon masterclass. Gounon was quickest with just eight minutes remaining, before Mitchell fought back with three minutes on the clock to take a lead of just 0.004 seconds. Gounon then set a best first sector, followed by a personal best in the middle, but then interrupted the lap and returned to the pits.

Lewis Williamson was also on board, but his two best lap times were scrapped for the limits of the track, leaving Mitchell in the lead by just over a tenth after a late improvement. His 1m27.307s was a bit faster than the best in FP1 but still 0.8s slower than the fastest time in the tests.

Orange and O’Brien finished third, ahead of Williamson/James Cottingham. Team Rocket RJN McLaren of James Kell/Simon Watts took fifth place, while Fox Motorsport McLaren of Nick Halstead/Jamie Stanley was sixth.

Sennan Fielding‘s mid-session effort proved enough to keep Steller Motorsport’s Audi in the lead heading into qualifying, with both he and Richard Williams needing to make up ground in the title chase.

Now second in points, the longtime championship leaders claimed their position when Fielding pulled out a tenth of Matt Cowley’s best effort aboard the Mustang he shares with Marco Signoretti shortly after the red flag. Improvements were scarce late, the Audi waiting station in front of the Mustang.

Seb Hopkins and Jamie Orton finished third in Team Parker Racing’s Porsche 718 Cayman, with championship leaders Matt Topham and Darren Turner fourth in Newbridge Motorsport’s Aston Martin.

FP1 leaders Tom Edgar and Jordan Collard finished fifth in the Toyota Gazoo Racing UK GR Supra, with Benji Hetherington and Adam Knight completing the top six in the Valluga Racing Porsche 718 Cayman.

Qualifying, which is live on the GT World and Sky Sports F1 YouTube channel, begins at 4.05pm BST.

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