Mason Law and Jamie Perrin were fastest on the opening day of the 2021 British GP2 season at Oulton Park, topping the timesheets in Free Practice 1 before the rain came down for Free Practice 2.
Coming off the back of a positive final test at Donington, team spirits and anticipation for the start of the weekend were high.
Unfortunately, it was not a straight forward day when it came to weather. Neither of the two sessions took place in proper dry conditions, which did impact on running.
However, it was still a very positive day on track for the team and fairly productive given the circumstances.
Free Practice 1
Overnight rain meant that the track was slightly damp for the start of Free Practice 1. This lead to a mix of riders heading out on both slicks and wets.
Mason opted to go out fully slick-shod, while Jamie headed out on a wet front tyre before returning to the garage after a single sighting lap.
After a tentative start to the session, both riders got into their groove as conditions improved and the times started to tumble significantly with every lap.
Eventually, Mason would end the session fastest in GP2 with a 1m40.674s, while Jamie finished second with a 1m40.912s.
Both riders also placed well in the combined Supersport/GP2 classification, with Mason sixth and Jamie eighth.
Despite sitting at the top of the standings, both riders were still a few seconds off the ultimate pace had the track been fully-dry.
Free Practice 2
Shortly after the conclusion of first practice, drizzle began to fall around Oulton Park. This persisted and then got heavier as Free Practice 2 was getting underway.
This meant that neither rider ventured onto track when the green flag came out.
The rain finally abated with 16 minutes remaining in the session, prompting Mason to head out on track. Jamie, on the other hand, decided to sit out the session.
After a difficult first few laps in the challenging wet conditions, Mason began to find some feeling and make good progress.
Towards the end of the session he traded fastest lap with Charlie Nesbitt, who would ultimately finish the quickest.
Second place was where Mason would eventually finish the session, setting a fastest lap of 1m56.108s.
All eyes are now on tomorrow, when the first race of the season takes place.
The day’s track action starts with qualifying at 11:35, before the 12-lap Sprint Race which begins at 17:00. TV viewers will be able to watch the race live on Eurosport 2.