With the second round of the 2011 British Formula 3 Series at Oulton Park just around the corner, a single day test was run at the Cheshire circuit.
Carlin’s Carlos Huertas topped the day’s running ahead of Scott Pye (Double R). The Colombian enjoyed an advantage of one-tenth following his best of 1:29.238, set in the morning.
Indeed the entire field finished the day very close, with just over half-a-second covering the fastest eleven machines.
T-Sport’s Menasheh Idafar headed a trio of Carlin runners including Monza race winners Rupert Svendsen-Cook (4th) and Felipe Nasr (6th); both of whom squeezed young Dane, Kevin Magnussen.
Lucas Foresti (7th, Fortec), Jazeman Jaafar (8th, Carlin), Pietro Fantin (9th, Hitech), Harry Tincknell (10th, Fortec) and Pipo Derani (11th, Double R) were all separated by less than one-tenth following a competitive day.
William Buller (Fortec) and Jack Harvey (Carlin) completed the day just under one second shy of Huertas, in 12th and 13th respectively.
Hitech’s Riki Christodoulou sandwiched the Sino Vision pair of Adderly Fong (14th) and Hywel Lloyd (16th), while Yann Cunha and Fahmi Ilyas brought up the rear of the International Class.
Unsurprisingly, Bart Hylkema outpaced Kotaru Sakurai in Rookie Class, with Hylkema 2.2 seconds faster.
Bruno Mendez did not test and may not compete for the rest of the season. The Hitech runner struggled at Monza, condemning the programme to end earlier than expected.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Carlos Huertas Carlin Dallara-VW 1m29.238s 2. Scott Pye Double R Dallara-Merc 1m29.334s + 0.096s 3. Menasheh Idafar T-Sport Dallara-VW 1m29.355s + 0.117s 4. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin Dallara-VW 1m29.510s + 0.272s 5. Kevin Magnussen Carlin Dallara-VW 1m29.517s + 0.279s 6. Felipe Nasr Carlin Dallara-VW 1m29.531s + 0.293s 7. Lucas Foresti Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m29.686s + 0.448s 8. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Dallara-VW 1m29.744s + 0.506s 9. Pietro Fantin Hitech Dallara-VW 1m29.749s + 0.511s 10. Harry Tincknell Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m29.757s + 0.519s 11. Pipo Derani Double R Dallara-Merc 1m29.759s + 0.521s 12. William Buller Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m29.971s + 0.733s 13. Jack Harvey Carlin Dallara-VW 1m30.213s + 0.975s 14. Adderly Fong Sino Vision Dallara-Merc 1m30.291s + 1.053s 15. Riki Christodoulou Hitech Dallara-VW 1m30.405s + 1.167s 16. Hywel Lloyd Sino Vision Dallara-Merc 1m30.473s + 1.235s 17. Yann Cunha T-Sport Dallara-VW 1m31.100s + 1.862s 18. Fahmi Ilyas Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m31.474s + 2.236s 19. Bart Hylkema T-Sport Dallara-Mugen 1m31.836s + 2.598s 20. Kotaru Sakurai Hitech Dallara-Mugen 1m33.966s + 4.728s