Lanan Racing’s Kush Maini took the spoils in the official pre-season test at today’s (Wednesday 8 March) joint BRDC British F3 and British GT Media Day at Donington Park.
The Indian driver’s time, a 1m24.523s came in the final session of a day that saw challenging weather conditions at the start before the track dried in the afternoon, and was over half a second quicker than last year’s pole.
Young Briton Tom Gamble, evaluating a move into the series with Fortec Motorsports was second quickest overall, with Double R’s Swedish signing Linus Lundqvist third.
Clement Novalak, eyeing a Carlin deal for this season was fourth, just 0.018s behind Lundqvist with potential team mate Nicolai Kjaergaard fifth on a track he almost won at in 2017.
Billy Monger, competing in his first competitive single-seater session since suffering his F4 accident was an eye-catching sixth fastest and less than a second off the overall fastest time, and just 0.036s off Kjaergaard’s effort. Monger continues to test for the team at the wheel of a specially adapted Tatuus Cosworth car, as he bids to seal a drive in the series for this season.
Frenchman Tristan Charpentier set the seventh quickest time for Fortec Motorsports, ahead of Double R’s Krishnaraaj Mahadik. Carlin’s Chinese recruit Sun Yue Yang was ninth with Manuel Maldonado competing the top-10 for Fortec Motorsports.
A total of 16 cars took to the track during the day, which featured almost three hours of F3 running and also saw the public debut of Stratton Motorsport’s F3 programme, who will join the championship this year.
Pace setter Kush Maini commented: “Six tenths clear is a comfortable margin and I think I did a few laps that were good enough for the fastest time. It’s a really positive way to start the year, we struggled a bit in the first two sessions, but we really showed what we could do in the dry conditions. I perhaps need to work in the rain, but it doesn’t mean I can’t pull off the same performance in the wet.
“I’m really confident, I think the team and car I have around me are good enough to win so it’s all down to me now. There are no excuses, this is it, Lanan is a great team and Graham