The GYTR GRT Yamaha pair enjoyed dry runs throughout their first day in Portugal. In the morning’s Free Practice session, Gardner and Aegerter focused on gaining confidence on the iconic Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, placing themselves 13th (1’42.101) and 18th (1’42.369).
In the afternoon’s Free Practice 2, the #87 and the #77 were able to improve their performance. Although primarily looking for long-distance runs, where the duo appeared to have consistent pace, Gardner and Aegerter managed to put in quick laps. Indeed, Gardner finished fourth on a 1’41.022 that also gave him fifth place in the combined standings of the day; on the other side of the garage, Aegerter improved his lap time by a second (1’41.367) to put his name inside the Top 10.