Harry Tincknell tops day two of British F3 test

Exeter-born Harry Tincknell rose to the top of the standings on day two of British Formula 3 testing at Rockingham.

The Carlin runner set a best of 1:16.810 in the morning session; coming to within thousandths of repeating the time during an afternoon session that he also fronted.

In what proved to be a busy day all round for the twelve drivers in attendance (every driver registered at least 60 laps), Tincknell logged an impressive 74 tours.
Although it is tempting to read too much into testing times, the 20-year-old may still garner a bolster of confidence from yesterday’s running.

Indeed, the Carlin quintet once again proved their worth, with all five of the Farnham team’s cars residing in the top positions.
After turning the quickest time on Tuesday, Jack Harvey claimed 2nd, only half-a-tenth shy of repeating prior glories. Carlos Sainz Jr (3rd) and Jazeman Jaafar (4th) also proved their worth, as they settled to within one-tenth of Tincknell’s best.
Set-up issues saw Carlin new boy Pietro Fantin become the first driver down in the ‘1:17s’ bracket, although the Brazilian remained some distance up on the chasing group.

Once again, it was Fortec’s Alex Lynn who came closest to the Volkswagen-powered Carlin machines in 7th spot.
Lynn, who completed 68 laps in his F312 chassis yesterday, ended the running in something of a timesheet limbo. Still playing the catch-up game with Carlin, the Fortec racer came to within three-tenths of Fantin, while still holding a similar gap to his Fortec teammates.
The other Fortec pilots – Hannes van Asseldonk (8th), Felix Serralles (9th) and Pipo Derani (10th) all enjoyed busy days, as they continue to bed themselves into their new regulation machines.

T-Sport’s Nick McBride split the Fortec foursome with a lap time good enough for 7th, as his Nissan-powered machine garners more chatter about its impressive straight-line speed. Enjoying only his second day in his Dallara F312, the former-Formula Ford ace collected 76, setting a quickest run of 1:17.727 in the afternoon.

McBride’s Rookie Class teammate, Spike Goddard, was fastest of the two second tier entries, as the Australian garnered a 1.062 second advantage over sole rival tester Duvashen Padayachee (Double R).

Pos Driver                 Team/Car          Time       Gap      Laps 
 1. Harry Tincknell        Carlin-VW         1m16.810s           74
 2. Jack Harvey            Carlin-VW         1m16.856s  +0.046s  71
 3. Carlos Sainz Jr        Carlin-VW         1m16.904s  +0.094s  63
 4. Jazeman Jaafar         Carlin-VW         1m16.918s  +0.108s  76
 5. Pietro Fantin          Carlin-VW         1m17.368s  +0.558s  66
 6. Alex Lynn              Fortec-Merc       1m17.613s  +0.803s  68
 7. Nick McBride           T-Sport-Nissan    1m17.727s  +0.917s  76
 8. Hannes van Asseldonk   Fortec-Merc       1m17.915s  +1.105s  67
 9. Felix Serralles        Fortec-Merc       1m18.107s  +1.297s  65
10. Pipo Derani            Fortec-Merc       1m18.442s  +1.632s  60
11. Spike Goddard          T-Sport-Mugen*    1m19.361s  +2.551s  64
12. Duvashen Padayachee    Double R-Mugen*   1m20.423s  +3.613s  75
*= National Class

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