The second free practice session for the opening round of the 2017 Blancpain GT Series showed how close the most competitive GT championship of the motorsports planet can become: the top-22 cars were separated by less than a second. Mirko Bortolotti (#63 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini) set the fastest time.
Things are hotting up at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli: the second free practice session proved to be a very hectic affair, with plenty of different drivers and cars at the top of the timesheets. Eventually Mirko Bortolotti secured top spot, with a 1’33.019. The Italian driver was closely followed by Blancpain GT Series-rookie Lewis Williamson in the #42 Strakka Racing McLaren (fastest Silver Cup) and Steven Kane with the #7 Bentley Team M-Sport Continental. No fewer than 22 cars ended up in the same second. Fastest of the Pro-Am cars was the #333 Rinaldi Racing Ferrari.
The session was also interrupted three times for different incidents, with the #11 Kessel Racing Ferrari coming out worse, being heavily damaged at the front.
Tomorrow sees the Qualifying sessions (starting at 14.15 local time) and the Qualifying Race (starting at 20.30).