Dino tops times at spaParr Motorsport’s Carrera Cup European visit allowed the team to demonstrate its speed but the rain and unpredictable track conditions lead to some dramas as well. All four cars showed pace and a good progression in the first session which was the drier of the two. Come the afternoon, after several hours of light but constant rain, the circuit was slower and much wetter but just as challenging.

Unfortunately for Peter Kyle-Henney the second session would not last long after he hit a river or water approaching Eau Rouge and spun, hitting the wall. He would continue to spin five more times before finally coming to rest on the grass have experienced 1.7G of lateral force. 

After the car was removed from the pitlane exit the session could resume and Dino was able to put in another fast lap to top the times. Paul Rees also improved to go fourth and Mark Cole was showing well in tenth. In the final minutes of the session he was on a faster lap and took a lunge on a slower car. The cars made contact bringing out the red flag and the session to a premature end. Despite the incidents the team still showed well and is in a good position for qualifying.

Dino Zamparelli - 4th in Free Practice One, 1st in Free Practice Two

“It was a good session and a good day. It’s been wet and it’s hard to tell what other people are doing but we could only do what we could do in that session and I think it’s the first time we’ve been fastest overall so that’s a positive. I’m enjoying the car in the wet and the team are doing a good job so the lesson is to translate this pace into qualifying whatever the conditions.”

Paul Rees - 11th in Free Practice One, 4th in Free Practice Two

“I said to somebody that top ten in the first session I’ll be happy with because I missed the test and I’ve never been here in GT car before. I then pushed on in the second session, I made a couple of mistakes in the wet but I’m happy with my pace considering I’ve never driven the Porsche here. You always want to be P1 but I want to just keep moving forward over the weekend. I’m pleased that Dino was fastest because I can look at data and see where we’ve lost out to him but it’s encouraging and I look forward to a strong qualifying.”

Mark Cole - 10th in Free Practice One, 10th in Free Practice Two

It was a bit unfortunate as we’ve been going well in testing but we made contact with another car on track. I was a bit brave and went up the inside of someone but he didn’t see me so the inevitable contact resulted. It’s not too serious but it’s disappointing but the car was good so I’m very pleased with my pace. 

Peter Kyle-Henney - 20th in Free Practice One, no time set in Free Practice Two

“Session one was okay, we were bringing the car in slowly because the conditions were difficult but we got on top of the setup and by the end we were there or thereabouts. We made a few changes to the car for session two and literally on the first lap coming down the hill long before I got to Eau Rouge the car swapped ends. So it was a question of seeing how many spins I could do without hitting anything.”

Paul Robe – Team Principal

“It was a great wet Spa Thursday! It has been an eventful day but I’m pleased with where we are. Dino put in a good time so I’m very happy with that and Paul is up there as well. It’s a pity about Mark as he was really driving well but had a moment and touched so we’ve got some damage to repair and Peter was lucky to get away with an ‘Eau Rouge moment’. They both should be ready for tomorrow but we’ll be working a bit late tonight.”

Qualifying begins at 12:20 CET (11:20 UK) with race one at 16:20 CET (15:20 UK)