Friday, August 03 2012
Reigning Formula Renault UK champion Alex Lynn headed a British 1-2-3 in testing for this weekend's (4-5 August) Cooper Tires British Formula Three International Series round at Snetterton.
Lynn is still chasing his first victory in the series, and continues his strong testing form. His Fortec team-mate Felix Serralles leads the standings going into the Snetterton round and the Briton was one of only four drivers to improve their morning session time after a brief shower during the afternoon. The track was later affected by an oil spill caused by Adderley Fong.
"Everything feels good," said a confident Lynn. "We've been at this point a few times this season and still not converted it; I'll try my best tomorrow and see if I can do it this time."
Rival Carlin team's Jack Harvey headed the morning session, and will be aiming to retake the title lead this weekend. The Lincolnshire driver has the best record of wins in the domestic rounds and with the remaining races taking place in the UK he is the favourite for the coveted title. However technical troubles affected his session, just as they had last week at Spa-Francorchamps. "Session one was quite good," he said. "In the second session we had a few issues; but then it wouldn't be fun without a few of those. I didn't do as many laps as I wanted, and you need to do plenty here to get the tyres working well. Everyone else went more or less the same speed and we went quite a lot slower, so we have some work to do."
Harvey's team mate Harry Tincknell was third fastest, followed by Carlin title challengers Jazeman Jaafar and Carlos Sainz Jr, whilst Seralles could only managed the sixth best time, over half a second off Lynn's pace.
In the National class, pacesetter Fong's troubles left Bolivian newcomer Pedro Pablo Calbimonte at the front of the category.
Cooper Tires British Formula Three International Series Testing
1, Alex Lynn, GBR, Fortec Dallara-Merc, 1:41.753s
2, Jack Harvey, GBR, Carlin Dallara-VW, +0.047s
3, Harry Tincknell, GBR, Carlin Dallara-VW, +0.056s
4, Jazeman Jaafar, MAS, Carlin Dallara-VW, +0.189s
5, Carlos Sainz Jr, ESP, Carlin Dallara-VW, +0.283s
6, Felix Serralles, PUR, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes, +0.602s
7, Pietro Fantin, BRA, Carlin Dallara-VW, +0.705s
8, Hannes van Asseldonk, NED, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes, +0.837s
9, Nick McBride, AUS, T-Sport Dallara-Nissan, +1.034s
10, Pipo Derani, BRA, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes, +1.303s
Tickets for the British F3 and GT Championships at Snetterton on 4/5 August are available on the gate from £13, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.