Spirit Moto Corsa and Mason Law have topped both Friday practice sessions at Brands Hatch, ahead of the British GP2 title deciding races this weekend.
Buoyed by the resolution of a technical issue that has impacted some of the results this season, Mason and the team went into the opening session with cautious optimism.
This was immediately vindicated with Mason feeling comfortable on the bike and getting into his rhythm relatively quickly.
His fastest time in FP1 was a 1:30.157. This put him six tenths clear of the next fastest GP2 bike, who was Tom Oliver. The time was enough for eighth overall.
FP2 was a closer affair, but Mason was able to put in a 1:29.655 with five minutes left in the session to top of the GP2 pack. Oliver was the next fastest once again, but this time a quarter of a second behind. Mason was tenth overall in this session.
All the Spirit Moto Corsa team are now focused on converting this Friday pace into qualifying and the two races. Mason is currently eight points behind GP2 series leader Jack Scott, so there can be no slip ups if the team hopes to come out with the championship on Sunday.
Speaking about his day, Mason said: “It’s been a really positive day for us. We’ve done lots and lots of laps, probably more than we should have done on the tyre. It’s been a little bit like Silverstone in that it has come quite naturally. It was just a case of ticking boxes and trying different things. Thanks to the boys and hopefully we can carry this momentum into tomorrow.”
Team Principal Rod McDonagh said: “We’ve made great progress with the technical side of the bike this weekend. We’ve had some issues that have cost us this season. It’s always to be expected with a new bike, but we are really happy with where we are now. We look forward to a strong weekend.”