Dinamic GT Porsche leads interrupted Free Practice at Misano

Dinamic GT Porsche leads interrupted Free Practice at Misano

Marvin Dienst was fastest in an interrupted Free Practice session at Misano. The #54 Dinamic GT Porsche set a 1m31.870s in the second half of proceedings following a lengthy stoppage.

Indeed, this was not the simplest start to the weekend. The session was half an hour old when Tom Fleming crashed the #71 AF Corse Ferrari heavily at Turn 4. The damage to the barriers was significant, requiring an interruption of more than 45 minutes. 

The green flag flew at 10:20, which should have left only 20 minutes before the chequered flag. However a new timetable allowed for 15 minutes of Bronze and Silver running, followed by another hour with the full field on-track.  

Lucas Légeret led the opening segment in the #111 CSA Racing Audi. When the Platinum and Gold drivers joined in the times tumbled further, Dries Vanthoor establishing a new benchmark of 1m31.908s at the wheel of the #32 Team WRT BMW. This was subsequently beaten by Dienst in the #54 Dinamic GT Porsche, who edged the seven-time Misano winner by 0.038s. Dienst also topped the Bronze Cup alongside team-mate Philipp Sager.

The #9 Boutsen VDS Mercedes-AMG was third fastest in the hands of Jules Gounon. Fourth overall and best of the Gold Cup runners was Gilles Magnus, who set a 1m32.066s at the controls of the #25 Saintéloc Racing Audi. He was followed by two more R8 runners: the #99 Tresor Attempto Racing and the #111 CSA Racing. 

The best of the Silver Cup runners was the #15 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG. Reece Barr set a 1m32.465s to place 15th overall. All 35 cars entered in this weekend's event participated in the session, with the #71 Ferrari ultimately classified last following its early exit.

Cars will be back on-track at 15:50 for a one-hour Pre-Qualifying session. Later today, Qualifying takes place under the lights at 21:10 and signals the start of live streaming on GT World.

The main action all takes place tomorrow: Race 1 gets underway at 14:00, followed by Race 2 at 21:00. The latter is set to be the first Fanatec GT Europe Sprint Cup contest staged in darkness since 2021.

> Result: Free Practice