Butler goes top during disrupted Free Practice session at Brands Hatch

Robert Butler topped the timesheets in the Cup Class for Free Practice in the Milltek Sport Civic Cup during a disrupted session where two red flags were flown whilst Mervyn Beckett was fastest in the Production Class on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

Two-time race winner Ben Sharpe set the early pace in the session with a time of 55.797, going fastest ahead of Morgan Bailey and Jamie Tonks with class leader Alistair Camp and George Alp-Williams all in the top five.

As the times started to fall,  Bailey went fastest ahead of, Camp, Matt Luff and Tonks before the session had its first red flag, caused by Production class runner Rhys Lewis going off.

The session resumed with Tonks going to the top on a time of 54.459 ahead of Camp, Sharpe, Luff and Ryan Bensley, showing that this was another close session with previous experience from the races in June being crucial.

Both Butler and Luff improved to go fastest and second fastest with times of 53.889 and 53.999 respectively ahead of Camp as a second red flag happened due to Sharpe having an off-track excursion which also ended the session.

Butler and Luff stayed first and second ahead of Camp, with Bailey and Tonks completing the top five places.

The Production Class saw another display from Mervyn Beckett showing that he would be the man to beat again as he set the early going with a time of 57.939, which put him inside the top ten overall.

Matthew Stenning, Alfie Threlfall, Mark Hughes and Harry Threlfall were the early top-five class runners before the session had its first red flag due to Lewis going off.

Once the session resumed, Beckett wasted no time by going quicker with a 57.605 also seeing both Harry Threlfall and Stenning improve to second and third fastest as Nick Charlier went fourth fastest to beat Alfie Threlfall as the session carried on.

Beckett made his intention clear before a second red flag ended the session by going quicker again with a 55.625, almost two seconds quicker than Harry Threlfall, with Stenning, Charlier and Alfie Threlfall completing the top five with Michael Threlfall, who was sixth fastest on his debut in the series.