Piana outpaces the field in second Misano practice

Piana outpaces the field in second Misano practice

On the 16th of 29 laps completed by the #111 RN Vision STS BMW, Italy's Gabriele Piana clocked a 1m40.933s and outpaced nearest rival Thijmen Nabuurs by 0.572s. 

The Dutchman in the #17 V8 Racing Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R was the first into the 1m41s this afternoon, before Piana put in his fastest time around the halfway mark of the practice session.

In the final minutes of the session, Nabuurs and NM Racing Team’s Lluc Ibanez improved their times, but both drivers were unable to match Piana’s time and finished second and third respectively, both overall and in the Silver Cup.

Valentin Hasse-Clot in the #27 AGS Events Aston Martin made it a overall and Silver Cup top four. Behind the French driver, Allied-Racing took the first two positions in Pro-Am, with the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR of Jörg Viebahn and Nicolaj Møller-Madsen beating that of teammates Bastian Buus and Jan Kasperlik by just 0.042s.  A late fast lap for Kay van Berlo put the #30 Selleslagh Racing Team Mercedes-AMG in seventh place overall and third in Pro-Am.

Behind the #110 RN Vision STS BMW and #8 CMR Toyota in eighth and ninth overall, it was the #89 AGS Events Aston Martin Vantage in tenth place. With Gilles Vannelet behind the wheel of the Aston Martin, the French squad set the pace in the Am class in Free Practice 2, edging out W&D Racing Team by just 0.138s. Bob Herber finished in third place in the #31 Mercedes-AMG, 0.033s clear of Selleslagh Racing Team teammates Johan Vannerum and Jean-Luc Behets. 

The GT4 European Series will return to action tomorrow morning at 10.30 with qualifying. Race 1 will take place later in the day, at 16.30.