Fortec driver Alex Lynn scored a notable success in pre-season testing today for the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series, becoming the first non-Carlin man this year to end a test day on top of the times.
The 18-year-old from Essex achieved the feat in style, too: he was quickest in all three of the sessions on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, and was more than a tenth clear of his closest rival.
Lynn, the reigning Formula Renault UK Champion, set his best lap time – 1m 53.530s – in the first session of the day. Though his Mercedes-powered Dallara was quickest of the bunch also in sessions two and three, he couldn’t match that pace again.
“I am really happy with the way things have gone,” said Alex. “The car was superb all day. The whole team has worked really hard since the last test, at Rockingham, and it shows. We have kept our heads down, continued with our programme, and now we are seeing how fast we can go. It was a shame that the ambient temperature rose during the afternoon, and the wind got up, so we couldn’t improve our pace, but I am happy to have been quickest in all three sessions.”
Carlos Sainz, who went fastest yesterday at Silverstone for Carlin with a 1m 53.193s lap, was Lynn’s closest rival. The Spaniard’s best time today was a 1m 53.683s, a tenth ahead of third-placed Hannes van Asseldonk, Fortec’s Dutch driver. “We tried lots of new things,” said Carlos, “but they didn’t work as well as the set-up we had yesterday. Overall, not a bad couple of days.”
There were 15 cars on track today, with CF Racing’s Hywel Lloyd and T-Sport tester Dan Cammish making it a four-way fight in the National class. T-Sport’s Spike Goddard was quickest of the quartet until session three, when Lloyd found half a second to go top in class.
The final test day of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series pre-season takes place at Oulton Park in Cheshire on Wednesday (28 March). Oulton is the venue over Good Friday and Easter Saturday (6/7 April) for the opening rounds of the championship; full ticket and spectator information for the event can be found at bit.ly/GG1KTi
Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series
Official test day 6 / Silverstone, Northants / 22 March 2012
Leading International class runners sessions 1 / 2 / 3 (quickest time in bold)
1 Alex LYNN / GBR, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes 1:53.530 / 1:54.224 / 1:54.110
2 Carlos SAINZ / ESP, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1:53.683 / 1:54.643 / 1:54.504
3 Hannes VAN ASSELDONK / NED, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes 1:53.799 / 1:55.078 / 1:54.387
4 Harry TINCKNELL / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1:53.822 / 1:54.630 / 1:54.573
5 Jack HARVEY / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1:53.850 / 1:54.348 / 1:54.279
6 Jazeman JAAFAR / MAS, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1:54.247 / 1:54.414 / 1:54.263
7 Pietro FANTIN / BRA, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1:54.526 / 1:54.399 / 1:54.929
8 Felix SERRALLES / PUR, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes 1:54.670 / 1:54.761 / 1:55.007
9 Pipo DERANI / BRA, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes 1:55.783 / 1:54.826 / 1:55.298
10 Nick McBRIDE / AUS, T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 1:55.699 / 1:55.440 / 1:55.063
11 Fahmi ILYAS / MAS, Double R Dallara-Mercedes 1:55.073 / 1:55.835 / 55.104
1 Hywel LLOYD / GBR, CF Racing Dallara-Mugen Honda 1:56.659 / 1:56.450 / 1:55.811
2 Spike GODDARD / AUS, T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda 1:56.399 / 1:56.281 / 1:57.385
3 Daniel CAMMISH / GBR, T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda 1:57.913 / 1:57.194 / 1:56.372
4 Duvashen PADAYACHEE / AUS, Double R Dallara-Mugen Honda 1:56.489 / 1:57.575 / 1:57.337
Full TSL timesheets bit.ly/GMaTIA