The SRT Corvette ahead in free practice


The Corvette of SRT Racing Team was fastest in today’s free practice at the Algarve. Championship leader Maxime Soulet and his new team mate Isaac Tutumlu posted a time of 1.47.492 in the second session that left the second-fastest car (and fastest among GTS), the AF Corse Ferrari of Michele Rugolo and Claudio Sdanewitsch, half a second behind in the cumulative rankings. Rugolo had topped the overall rankings in the morning’s session.

With less than three tenths between second and fifth, gaps were very close: the two V8 Corvettes of Ramos-Pastorelli and Sijthoff-Hamilton took 3rd and 4th spot ahead of the SMP Racing Ferrari of Aicart-Maleev. The other SMP car of Zampieri-Mavlanov had dominated the two hours of private testing before the official free practice.

No incidents were to report today in a warm and windy day under overcast skies. 19 cars are eventually present in Portugal, with Drivex being the most notable last-minute absentee and the AF Ferrari of Thomas Flohr-Francesco Castellacci the last entry.