Dino Zamparelli (JTR) ended the Friday free practice sessions fastest, maintaining the momentum of his latest run of form going into Saturday’s qualifying session for what could be two races pivotal to deciding the 2017 championship.
Hot on his heels was Charlie Eastwood (Redline Racing), the Porsche GB 2016 / 2017 Scholar every bit as keen as Zamparelli to maximise his points haul while championship leader Dan Cammish prioritises his international Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup campaign in Hungary over the clashing weekends.
Fastest in the first session, Lewis Plato (JTR) once again proved his pace by completing the top three, separated by less than a third of a second by the end of the day. Substituting for the otherwise-engaged Cammish, Scott Malvern (Redline Racing) relentlessly worked his way forward throughout both sessions, closing to within six tenths of pace-setter Zamparelli despite this being his first competitive outing in the 911 GT3 Cup.
In Pro-Am1, championship leader Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) kept ahead in both sessions of Alex Martin (Team Parker Racing), while the returning John McCullagh (Redline Racing) settled back into the seat and edged up on Graeme Mundy (Team Parker Racing) in third.
Peter Kyle-Henney (IN2 Racing) once again stamped his authority on the Pro-Am2 category, the 2014 runner-up determined to make the most of his current run of form and wrestle away the championship lead from Shamus Jennings (G-Cat Racing). Iain Dockerill (Asset Advantage Racing) looks to be the biggest threat, however, after shuffling Jennings back to third.