All 27 cars – a record-breaking series entry – posted times in a session held under hazy sunshine on a damp but drying track. But with conditions still good enough for slicks it was a while before the leading contenders were posting representative laps.
Indeed, it wasn’t until 10 minutes had gone that Misano’s 2015 double race-winner Mario Cordoni hit the front. Two quick laps in succession were enough to vault his AF Corse Ferrari 458 GT3 to the top of the times where it would stay for most of the session.
Misslin, however, had other ideas and deposed his fellow Ferrari driver with what would remain FP1’s benchmark time: a 1m37.314s. Cordoni later responded to lap 0.193s shy of the CMR Ferrari driver.
Third went to Black Pearl Racing’s Christian Hook who briefly popped up into second before Cordoni’s late response.
An incredibly competitive session meant less than two tenths separated second through to ninth, suggesting this evening’s Qualifying Race could be one of the best in series history.
Lanting was another who posted a late lap, moving up to fourth and fastest of the Iron Cup entries. However, just as in the Overall classification, the reigning class champion is sure to have a fight on his hands thanks to the pace of Pier Guiseppe Perazzini who ended the session less than two tenths slower. Jan Brunstedt’s Audi R8 GT3 completed the top-three.
Second practice gets underway at 12:40 this afternoon, while qualifying takes place at 16:15. This evening’s 25-minute Qualifying Race begins at 18:45.
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