The Portuguese circuit of Estoril, with its two relatively long straights, saw the lone Force One Festina Chrysler Viper GTS-R set the pace in the first 90-minute free practice session of the weekend.

The car, shared by Anthony Kumpen, Mike Hezemans and Philippe Alliot, set a best time of 1:37.731secs, and was the only car to go under the 1:37 barrier for much of the session.

However, an hour into the session, the Fabrizio Gollin/Luca Cappellari shared BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550 Maranello improved to 1:37.743, just 12 thousandths of a second behind the Viper to remain a close second best heading into the afternoon session.

They were followed by the two Lister Racing Storms, with the nr 15 car of Andrea Piccini and David Sterckx two-tenths ahead of the nr 14 car of Jamie Campbell-Walter and Nathan Kinch, which is the heaviest car of the weekend, carrying 80 kg (under appeal).

The fastest of the new Ferrari 575 M Maranello cars was the nr 10, driven by Boris Derichebourg and Christian Pescatori, with a time of 1:38.890secs in fifth place overall. The nr 9 575 M was eighth, still only 1.3secs behind the Viper.

The leading Saleen was the nr 7 Graham Nash car of Thomas Erdos and Mike Newton, in seventh place.

In N-GT, the Ferrari 360 Modena cars were fighting for the lead, with the Fabrizio de Simone/Andrea Bertolini JMB Racing Ferrari and the two Team Maranello Concessionaires Ferrari cars squabbling over top spot.

Bertolini and De Simone led for much of the session, with a time of 1:42.122secs, however, eight minutes before the end of the session, TMC duo Kelvin Burt and Jamie Davies set a lap of 1:41.651secs to go fastest as they attempt to keep the N-GT title chase alive for Sam Li's team.

The sister TMC Ferrari was third, with the leading Porsche the nr 61 EMKA Racing car of Tim Sugden and Emmanuel Collard, four tenths faster than the Championship leaders, Stephane Ortelli and Marc Lieb, in the nr 50 Freisinger Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-RS.

31 cars took part in the session, with the Swiss based nr 70 Yellow Racing Ferrari missing the session while addressing some scrutineering issues; the car was expected to be ready for the afternoon.



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