Team Switzerland hits the front in second GT Cup practice

1 November 2019

Team Switzerland hit the front in second practice for this weekend's FIA Motorsport Games GT Cup contest at Vallelunga.

Patric Niederhauser posted a 1m32.304s in the Lamborghini he shares with Christoph Lenz, edging out morning pace-setter Jim Pla (Team France Mercedes-AMG) to top the final session before tomorrow's qualifying.

Pla occupied P1 for the opening 50 minutes before Niederhauser – who had also shown well this morning – shaved two tenths off the Frenchman's benchmark.

Kantadhee Kusiri was third in the Team Thailand Porsche, with the similar Team Germany machine fourth in the hands of Alfred Renauer. Denis Bulatov completed the top-five at the wheel of Team Russia's Ferrari.

All 22 cars ran during the session, though Team Belarus spent considerable time in the pits before its Ferrari emerged to record 13 laps towards the end. The father-son duo of Alexander Talkanitsa Sr. and Alexander Talkanitsa Jr. would, however, post the slowest time of second practice. The session saw two red flag stoppages, the second of which came with just a few minutes left on the clock and therefore brought proceedings to an early conclusion.

The GT Cup contenders will qualify tomorrow at 09.45, setting the grid for a pair of 60-minute races that will take place on Saturday and Sunday. The results from these will in turn establish the starting order for the deciding final contest. This will take place at 15.15 on Sunday, bringing the curtain down on the inaugural FIA Motorsport Games.

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