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Twenty-five cars on track and 25 degrees Celsius in the paddock, in full sunshine: it was a perfect setting today at Spa-Francorchamps for the weekend kick-off of the second round of the season. Free practice saw two intense working sessions. At the end of the day, the Ferraris 488 resulted the fastest cars of the day, with Marco Cioci (AF Corse) setting fastest time in 2.18.208, posted in the second session, beating Andrea Caldarelli (SF Racing) by 9 tenths. The latter was the fastest man in session 1.

Jules Szymkowiak, on his GT Open debut, was third-fastest on the SPS Mercedes, preceding and excellent Francesco Sini, with the Solaris Aston Martin; then the first of the McLarens, the Balfe car of Rob Bell, and Johnny Mowlem, with the FF Corse Ferrari. In Am, the MS  Racing Mercedes of Konrad-Hrachowina beat everybody, while later on, Hiroshi Hamaguchi (FFF Racing Lambo) was fastest in the Bronze test, ahead of Shaun Balfe (Balfe McLaren) and Jordan Witt (Jordan Bentley).

There were a number of incidents to report. Lourenço Beirão went off at Pouhon in session 2, but his Teo Martín BMW only had some body damage, while Marcio Basso’s Sports&You Mercedes was more severely hit, and Andrea Fontana (Imperiale Lambo) and Alexander West (Garage59 McLaren) had a contact following a misunderstanding.

Some brake problems in the Emil Frey Racing Lexus, while in the team twin car of Farnbacher Racing, Dominik Farnbacher will be quite busy this weekend, as he also participating in the 24 Hours race at the nearby Nürburgring, although he will only perform there a double stint Saturday evening.

Source. International GT Open


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