Hook racer Archie Hamilton demonstrated his championship credentials after dominating the final day of testing in the 2011 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship at Croft circuit on Wednesday, 9th March.
The 19-year-old Fortec Motorsport driver headed the timesheets in all three 55-minute sessions at the 2.125-mile North Yorkshire track ending with a best time of 1min 19.858s (95.79mph average).
With Tuesday’s pace-setter Dino Zamparelli, driving for Antel Motorsport, unable to attend, the Hampshire-based racer looked untouchable throughout the day, although was unable to better his fastest time from yesterday due to the increase in wind.
Instead, Hamilton’s main contenders came in the form of Evesham driver James Thorp and Indian born racer Zaamin Jaffer driving for their respective MTech and Hillspeed teams.
The day also saw four new faces join the official test with Matt Mason and Russell Danzey running with MGR Motorsport, karting star Callum Bowyer with Antel Motorsport and Scorpio’s Howard Fuller.
Morning temperatures were even colder for day two of the test although that didn’t stop Hamilton who went straight to the top of the timesheets ending the session a full second quicker than his nearest rival. Fuller, Thorp and Hamilton’s team-mate Victor Jimenez continued to make improvements to their times as did JWA Racing’s Tom Walker.
Hamilton once again dominated the day’s second session this time the only driver to lap in the 1min 19s. Jaffer was another driver on form during the session as were the two Scorpio Motorsport drivers of Hector Hurst from Lymington and Kingston Upon Thames racer Fuller.
In the final stint, it was Hamilton who lead the way setting his best time on fresh Michelin tyres before resting for the remainder of the session. Fellow Fortec Motorsport driver Jimenez also impressed as did Hurst and newcomers Bowyer, Danzey and Mason.
Speaking after the final session on day two Hamilton said: “It’s gone well today and overall for the test. We’ve had good pace and the car has felt impressive. The strong winds meant we couldn’t surpass yesterday’s best time but I’m still impressed at how quick we were able to go in the conditions and I’m feeling confident ahead of the season.”
The next test session takes place on March 18th at Silverstone in conjunction with the Championship’s inaugural Media Day. Meanwhile the opening rounds of the season are held at Donington Park on 23rd/24th April.